Not surprisingly, the kit contains an EPIA PX10000 Pico-ITX board with on-board 1-GHz C7 Via processor, chassis, power adapter and all essential accessories. Users will have to supply their own system memory and storage, however.
When finished, the chassis will measure 5.9 inches by 4.3 inches by 1.8 inches and will weigh less than 1.2 pounds, the company said.
Beginning this Friday, the $300 kit will be sold at Avnet, EPROM Computer Systems, Fry's Electronics, Logic Supply and Ma Lab/Ewiz, according to Via.
Having essentially conceded the PC processor performance race to both AMD and Intel, Via has concentrated upon exploiting the niche of low-power processors that can perform most typical computing tasks. The company debuted a one-watt processor in August, following announcements of the tiny motherboard and a modular palmtop PC design at the Computex show in Taiwan.
"We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the launch of the Pico-ITX boards from end-users and the embedded industry alike, so we are delighted to now make it easy for enthusiasts to build their own ultra small personal computer," said Daniel Wu, assistant vice president of the VIA Embedded Platform Division at VIA Technologies. "The VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit truly leverages the remarkable energy efficiency and power-performance-size ratio of the Pico-ITX form factor, and further cements VIA's position as a leading innovator in the x86 space".