ASUS releases little silver box

ASUS releases a desktop barebone system, which packs PC Performance, networking capability, multimedia support and digital entertainment into one box.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  September 29, 2003

ASUS has unveiled the ASUS DiGiMatrix, a desktop barebone system that delivers computing performance, networking features, multimedia support and digital home entertainment.

The DiGiMatrix is one-sixth the size of traditional desktop PCs and is designed to fit elegantly in to the living room. The system operates a noise level of 30dB, much quieter than the 50dB of typical desktop PCs.

On the front bezel, a control knob lets you adjusts volume level while a mini LED display indicates music tracks and radio frequencies.

The system is based on an ASUS P4SQ motherboard and supports Intel's Socket 478 processor with 533MHz FSB and DDR 333 memory.

The system comes with Microsoft's Windows XP Home Edition and ASUS' Home Theater software pre-installed.

With 15-pin D-sub analogue VGA, S-Video/HDTV and DVI outputs built-in the DiGiMatrix enables direct connection to LCDs, projectors and plasma tube televisions. In terms of sound, it has S/PDIF digital output and 6-channel audio.

The DiGiMatrix also operates as a stereo and radio. The Audio DJ feature allows users to listen to CDs, MP3 and radio without entering the operating system.

The built-in mini-TV PCI card further provides functions such as programme recording, time shifting and still video capture. The unit also comes with a remote.

The DiGiMatrix is ready for both wired and wireless networking. It has Gigabit LAN, 10/100Mbps Ethernet and the IEEE 802.11b wireless standard. It also has xDSL and cable modems.

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