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Sudhian Media: The Shuttle XPC and Linux Revolution [Parts I & II]

Dec 31, 2002, 11:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Howland)

[ Thanks to Phillip Brown for this link. ]

From Part I:

"The move away from the beige case is largely the result of increasing competition amongst hardware suppliers, desperate to find a means of making their product stand apart from the competition. Computer cases are now available in a variety of materials, from elegant brushed aluminium to clear perspex, with designs ranging from a clean, almost puritanical box, through to artistic designs with references to the classic shapes of the art deco period.

"In parallel to this much welcomed concern for the visual appearance of the computer, technology changes are allowing the computer to occupy less space. The last twelve months has seen a growing trend for more and more functionality to be integrated into the motherboard - networking, audio, video, Bluetooth wireless, RAID, USB, IEEE1394, and so on. Simultaneously, the older bulky standards such as ISA slots, PCI slots and parallel ports are being rapidly phased out and there is a growing trend to standardise on the new compact high-speed serial connections such USB 2.0 and IEEE-1394 (Firewire). Even the trusty IDE connector and 80-way ribbon cable is taking its curtain call, as motherboards begin to come supplied with the much smaller Serial ATA connector.

"One of the most significant manufacturers to recognize and exploit this emerging trend has been Shuttle, with the launch and growth of their Shuttle XPC small form factor computing range. In addition to developing their own small form factor motherboard standard, Shuttle have focussed on developing a distinctively simple, but elegant, computer housing a quarter of the size of a standard PC..."

Complete Story (Part I)

Complete Story (Part II)

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