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AMD Releases Final Spec For Mini-PCs

The design requirements are meant to make use of energy-efficient processors and to help manufacturers make products that also take up less space and generate less noise.

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday introduced the final specification that the chipmaker is pushing the industry to adopt as a standard for designing small form factor PC chassis, known as DTX. In addition, AMD also launched two energy-efficient processors.

The DTX spec and new AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processors were released at the Computex tradeshow in Taipei, Taiwan. First introduced in January, the DTX specis offered as a standard for chassis used in the mini PCs such as the Apex DM-318 or cubes like the Shuttle XPC.

The design requirements are meant to make use of energy-efficient processors and to help manufacturers make products that also take up less space and generate less noise.

Among the companies AMD has worked with in developing DTX include Albatron, Asus, Cooler Master, ECS, Gigabyte, MSI, Silverstone Technology, and Thermaltake.

The new BE-2350 and BE-2300 processors are both 45-watt chips based on AMD's 65-nanometer technology. Both are suited for DTX-based small form factor PCs, AMD said. Computer makers that support AMD's energy-efficient processors include Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, and Lenovo.

AMD said its BE-2350 and BE-2300 are available now for $91 and $86, respectively, when bought in 1,000-unit batches.

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