AOpen has formally announced its latest small form-factor MiniPC, touting the machine’s “silent computing” ability – courtesy of its notebook components such as Core Duo CPUs – and support for Intel’s Viiv platform. The 16.5 x 16.5cm-footprint MP945-VXR contains a motherboard based on Intel’s 945GM integrated chipset providing Gigabit Ethernet, DVI output, Firewire and USB. The SATA hard drive and slot-loading DVD burner are mounted on a riser card for easy removal and replacement. AOpen said. The AOpen miniPC also includes a built-in component, S-Video, composite out port as well as 5.1 channel audio.