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Shuttle launches dual-core PC

First small form system to support Intel’s 64bit technology

Taiwanese computer manufacturer Shuttle has launched its first small form-factor PC that supports Intel's dual-core and 64bit processors.

The Shuttle XPC Barebone SD31P features the Intel 945G Express chipset and is the first small form factor PC to support the chipmaker's 64bit technology.

The company has already launched small form factor PCs with AMD's Athlon 64 chips and hopes to generate fresh interest with the Intel-based model.

The company hopes to attract gamers and other high-end users who need additional computing power to support graphics and multitasking. The new PC is designed to appear sleeker than a regular desktop computer, coming in at one-third of the typical size (32.5x22x21cm).

The Barebone SD31P has faster memory channels and more storage than previous small form factor models and comes with high-definition audio. Gamers may be interested in the inclusion of Intel's tweaked Graphics Media Accelerator 950, which improves 2D and 3D DirectX 9.0 performance and increases game speed. Noise levels and cooling have also been improved.

The Barebone SD31P will be available worldwide in July with a suggested retail price of €370 (about £245).

Shuttle sold around 700,000 small form factor PCs last year and expects to reach 800,000 this year.

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