MSI announced Wind MS-6496 “nettop” computer using Intel’s Atom processor. The nettop includes a gigabit Ethernet port, VGA port, six USB ports, memory card reader, dual drive bays, 7:1 audio output, plus both Mini PCI Express and CompactFlash slots, says MSI.
“Nettop” computers using the Atom 230, plus the supporting 82945GC northbridge and 82801GB (ICH7) southbridge, are becoming common. Manufacturers and hobbyists alike can now build their own, thanks to products such as Intel’s own D945GCLF motherboard and widely available Mini-ITX cases. MSI’s new Wind MS-6946 appears to be the first with an internal CompactFlash slot, however — which makes it suitable for use as a thin client or other embedded device, according to the company.
MSI says the Wind MS-6946 consumes “less than 40 Watts at full-speed operation.” Power is provided via a 65W AC adapter, which sends power to a DC input jack on the computer’s rear panel.
More info: MSI website