Known for their small, slim Nettop PCs, the folks at CompuLab have come up with their tiniest and most energy-efficient computer ever.
Powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 ARM-based mobile processor, the new Trim-Slice is 5.1 inches wide, 3.7 inches deep, and just over half an inch tall. And it squeezes a lot into that space.
The Trim-Slice combines its 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor and a GeForce GPU (graphics processing unit) onto a single chip, saving both space and energy. CompuLab says the PC eats up a mere 3 watts of electricity when powered on.
Adding to the mix are 1GB of RAM and a 64GB SATA SSD (solid-state drive) for storage, along with two SD card slots and five USB ports. For connectivity, the slim PC offers built-in gigabit Ethernet as well as Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth. Positioning the Trim-Slice as a media PC, CompuLab has also outfitted it with both a high-definition HDMI port and a DVI port.
One question mark is which operating system the PC will run. CompuLab says it offers more than one OS on the PC out of the box. At CES, Microsoft promised the next version of Windows would run natively on ARM chips, but Windows 8 isn't likely to hit the market until 2012 at the earliest. That leaves the door open for Android as a leading contender for the Trim-Slice.
No details on availability or pricing have been released yet, but CompuLab says it expects to start taking orders in April and that the Trim-Slice will be priced "higher than a streamer, but lower than a tablet."
A cross between Netbooks and desktops, Nettops can fill a niche in areas where space is at a premium. Typically outfitted with HDMI connections and built-in Wi-Fi, they're often ideally suited to serve as Internet-connected living room PCs hooked up to big-screen HDTVs.