Monday, January 26, 2009

MSI WindBOX LCD Mounted Nettop

MSI have announced that their WindBOX low power desktop computer (nettop) will be available in the first quarter of 2009. This unit is similar to the ASUS Eee Box. It is a paperback book sized box designed to be clipped to the back of a LCD screen and replace a desktop computer. It is essentially the components of a sub-notebook PC, minus the screen, keyboard and battery.

Just as netbooks have become very popular as low cost replacements for laptop computers, these nettops should become very popular replacing many casual use desktop computers in homes, schools, libraries, cybercafes and offices. If a computer is being used mostly for web browsing and some office applications, then there is no need for a high power desktop computer. The small nettop units will save desk space and reduce security worries. This assumes the units will be priced lower than conventional desktop PCs, just as nettops have been cheaper than laptops. The WindBox is fan-less and while it has provision for a SATA II disk, could operate from solid state flash storage, making a low power and robust unit.


CPU TypeIntel® Atom™ Processor
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ N270 1.6GHz (TDP 2.5W)
ChipsetIntel® 945GSE + ICH7M
‧ Memory1 GB/ 1 x DDR2 SO-DIMM 553/667, up to 1 G
‧ Graphic EngineIntel® GMA 950 3D Graphic Engine
Display Port1 x VGA
USB3 x USB 2.0 Port
LAN1 x Realtek 10/100 LAN
Audio2 jacks Mic In; Head Phone Out
Antenna1 x SMA Connector (Optional)
Card Reader3-in-1 (SD/MMC/Memory Stick)
Storage 1 x SATA II
ApplicationDigital Signage, Thin Client, Low Cost PC
Power Source DC 20V,40W
Form Factor 180 x 255 x 19 mm, 1.08 Kg
Operating Temperature0°C~35°C
Storage Temperature-20°C~80 °C
Regulatory ComplianceUL, CSA (cUL), TUV, TUV-CB, CE-LVD, CE, FCC Class B, BSMI, VCCI, C-Tick, RoHS Compliant

From: Overview, WindBOX, MSI, 2009

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