Beetle design hints at EVE-olution of the home computer, fusing style and speed

PC based on Via's small form factor motherboard could spell the end for the beige box

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By  Graham Stacey Published  October 13, 2002

Pop over to the VIA stand in Hall 4 and you could be forgiven for feeling as though you had taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way — there are some rather unconventional models to be found.
Marking a pleasant change from all the beige boxes and bulky form factors around the event, VIA is displaying something a little bit different — a Volkswagen Beetle! However, this is no ordinary car, it is actually a fully functional PC known as EVE.
Take a look underneath its lime green bonnet and EVE houses some pretty impressive features. For starters, the car's bumper is actually a DVD-ROM drive capable of playing DVDs at a smooth 29.6 frames per second. The machine is based on VIA's EPIA M-Series mini-ITX mainboard and is central to VIA's display this year.
Tim Handley, VIA international marketing specialist, said: "It is aimed at home digital PC environments. Because of its low power consumption, small size and quiet operation, you can put it into a case that looks more like a consumer electronics device than a PC. Also, with the fanless option, it could be used in devices that run 24/7 with total reliability.”

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