The rapid pace of technology has led to the ability to pack an impressive number of features and hardware into increasingly smaller systems, and that's what VIA has done with its new Artigo A1250. The Artigo A1250 is supposedly the world's smallest quad-core system, a statement VIA qualifies by limiting to x86 rigs (otherwise that distinction might belong to an ARM-based smartphone).
Featuring a 1GHz VIA QuadCore chip and the latest VIA VX11H media system processor (MSP), the company claims its Artigo A1250 device is ready to tackle a variety of computing chores, including applications in a home or office environment, home server duties, home automation, hotel management, media streaming, digital signage, surveillance, medical and healthcare applications, and the list goes on.
"By leveraging the ultra compact Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA Artigo A1250 is able to deliver a powerful x86 quad core computing experience in the smallest system design on the market," said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The VIA Artigo A1250 boasts the latest technology with 3D stereoscopic display and USB 3.0 support for an unparalleled ultra compact computing experience, making small truly beautiful."
As for size, the system measures 17.7cm (W) by 12.5cm (D) by 3.0cm (H). It's a full 10 percent smaller than the Artigo A1150 series and is power efficient with a 32W TDP. Ports include HDMI, VGA, GbE LAN, two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and audio jacks.