Taiwan-headquartered Shuttle is at it again, doing what it does best. The company, which specializes in small form factor (SFF) computers and barebones, has announced two new diminutive barebones. The new XH81 and XH81V are, per the company, “compact 3L media players” that are ideal for kiosks, vending machines, digital signage and POS applications.
Shuttle has quite the long resume in small form factor and barebones systems, and the company's newest offering is the XH61, a 3-liter PC that's barely 7cm high, yet is able to lug around Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. The compact case measures 24.2cm (D) x 20cm (WH) x 7.3cm (H) and has enough space for an optical Slimline drive and 2.5-inch solid state drive (SSD) or hard disk drive (HDD).
Taiwan-headquartered mini PC outfit Shuttle Inc. has launched the new Shuttle XPC H7 5820S mini PC in Europe. This diminutive PC is only 19 centimeters (7.5 inches) in height, but has just about enough muscle to drive 16 displays at one time. Shuttle, in fact, is claiming the XPC H7 5820S to be one of the “smallest and fastest PCs ever developed.” Specs after the jump.
The most sought-after gaming hardware at this year’s E3 was always expected to be of the console variety, with Nintendo set to unveil Wii’s successor and Sony scheduled to divulge more details about its next-gen handheld. While Taiwan-based Shuttle Inc. is unlikely to steal the spotlight from the soon-to-be-unveiled Wii successor or even the PlayStation Vita, as Sony’s upcoming handheld is now called, it is trying its best to make its presence felt at the Electronic Entertainment Expo with its latest gaming PCs. Details after the jump.
Shuttle isn't about to take on the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Acer, and Dell, but the company is looking to carve out a respectable slice of the mobile market. In 2010, Shuttle shipped over a million notebooks, and in 2011, the company hopes to ship 20 percent more, DigiTimes reports.
The way Shuttle plans to do that is through its new 'Build to Request' program, which "provides multiple options which can be tailor-made by customer request in terms of key parts, operating system, and peripherals of a mobile device." This includes notebooks, netbooks, tablet PCs, and even all-in-ones (AIOs).
With Shuttle's new program, OEMs and ODMs can custom configure just about every last detail, everything from the LCD screen and OS to the chassis design.
Following in Newegg's footsteps, Shuttle this week announced the official launch its new Shuttle Canada website, http://ca.shuttle.com/.
"We've really got a great year ahead of us. Aside from the new models and product lines that we just unveiled, we're focusing more closely on several of our key markets, such as Canada," said Nicolas Villalobos, Director at Shuttle Computer Group in Los Angeles. "With the growing market demand and rising user base there, we've decided to roll out a new website just for Canada - making it easier than ever for resellers, distributors, and everyday users in Canada to get support for their Shuttle products."
Shuttle said it has sprinkled in a few new areas that cater specifically to the enthusiast crowd, including a DIY section. Right now, this consists of a 3-part video tutorial showing users how to put together a Shuttle barebones system, something which isn't embedded into the company's U.S. portal.
The SG41J1 is a low end PC based on the G41 chipset and runs Core2 Quad CPUs. You’ll get integrated Intel graphics on this model. The next step up is the SH55J2 which has the Intel H55 supporting both Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs, but still just integrated graphics here. If you’re out for performance in your tiny PC, the SX58HJ3 is the way to go. It will run Core i7 CPUs and somehow has room for a CrossFireX or Nvidia SLI setup.
Stepping a bit out of their comfort zone, Shuttle is also showing off their now Shuttle X50 V2 all-in-one. It will have a dual-core Atom and Intel GMA graphics. No availability or pricing information was released.
If there's something in the water at ECS, it must not taste very good, at least not in the company's notebook division. But there's probably another reason why more than 100 members of the OEM's notebook staff have resigned from the company since the second quarter of 2009.
One such reason is because Shuttle managed to pluck the ex-general manager of ECS's notebook business, who also headed up Unwill, to operate its New Notebook Ecosystem alliance. It's no coincidence that nearly half of the employees who left ECS landed at Shuttle, most of which were previously in the Uniwill team, DigiTimes reports.
The exodus has ECS scrambling to retain customers as several clients in China and South America are considering taking their business to Shuttle. And in an effort to prevent something like this from happening again, ECS has asked its current employees to agree to non-compete clauses in their employment contracts, though a representative for Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) warns that such clauses may not be enforceable below the management level.
Thanks in part to Intel's Atom platform, system builders are having an easier time designing fully-integrated PCs and a tapping into the increasingly popular all-in-one PC market. And that's exactly what Shuttle plans to do, if Computex is any indication.
Shuttle, most popular for its small form factor (SFF) PCs, had on display its upcoming X50 all-in-on PC. The new rig comes with a 15.6-inch 1336x768 widescreen display with touchscreen capabilities (the company was also showing smaller screen models), Intel's dual-core Atom 330 CPU and 945GC chipset combo, 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 160GB hard drive, a 1.3MP webcam, and a 4-in-1 card reader.
Fans of Shuttle's SFF rigs need not worry, however, as the company had on display several new SFF systems, including a pair that will tap into VIA's Nano processors.
Starting in June, Shuttle plans to show off two new nettops at Computex as part of its Embedded Slim-series. Both systems -- XS92 and XS92F -- will be powered by VIA's Nano processors.
The XS92 will come equipped with VIA's L-series chips, specifically the L2100 (1.8GHz, 25W) and L2200 (1.6GHz, 17W). Meanwhile, the XS92F will trade a bit of performance for better power management by utilizing VIA's U-series. The U-series range in speed from 1GHz to 1.3GHz while sipping just 5W to 8W. Because of the super low power draw, the U-series boast a fanless, noise-free design.
Further details remain scarce, including release date and pricing information.