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Shuttle unveils nVidia Ion 2 PC

CeBIT: brand-new Ion 2 platform already in use

Shuttle has launched a variety of mini PCs at CeBIT, including the XS35, a mini PC based on nVidia's just-launched Ion 2 platform.

The Shuttle XS35, an 'ultra-small form factor' system - it's just 33mm wide - will be available from May in a variety of specs, including a barebones setup. However, the standard configuration will feature a 2.5in hard disk (SSDs will also be supported), a DVD writer hidden behind a flap on the front of the case, Windows 7, 2GB of DDR2-800 RAM and a Kensington lock.

Shuttle XS35

The nVidia GT218 (Ion 2) graphics card will enable the Shuttle XS35 to support streaming 3D and video playback.

The fanless Shuttle XS35 measures 33x252x154mm, and will also feature an HDMI connection.

Shuttle has also unveiled two additions to its J line of mini PCs, available with Intel i3, i5 or i7 processors, and an overall redesign to the line.

The J1, J2 and J3 are all now based on a standardised steel chassis - the J1 was previously aluminium, while the J2 and J3 are new models. The company says this modification has enabled it to substantially reduce costs, and that these models will cost 20 to 30 percent less than if they were made of aluminium.

The models are available in various specifications. The XPC Barebone SG41J1, for example, features Intel’s G41 Express chipset and includes a DirectX 10 Intel GMA X4500 GPU with a DVI-port. It has USB 2.0, PS/2, parallel and serial port connectivity, as well as one PCI-Express x16 slot and one 32bit PCI slot. The Shuttle XPC Barebone SG41J1 is available now, with a recommended retail price of 146 euros excluding VAT.

Prices for the J2 and J3 will be announced in due course. Shuttle plans to continue the line with J4 and J5 models, which it says can be expected in six to nine months' time.

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