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New fanless Pico-ITX board from VIA, plus a contest

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VIA has a new motherboard with an embedded 500MHz VIA Eden ultra low voltage processor (it runs at one watt). The board is called the VIA EPIA PX500EG and, in order to show off its cooling abilities — even sans fan — VIA Arena is hosting the Naked Pico Challenge, where it’ll run a system loaded with Ubuntu and playing an MPEG-4 video continuously until it dies. Oh, and the heatsink will be removed from the processor.

You can enter the competition by guessing how long the system will last without crashing. Apparently, VIA thinks it’ll crash before the 28th of May, as that’s the day the competition ends. The prize is a VIA ARTiGO builder kit. Pretty nice.

via TechnoVoyance

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