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Friday, January 28, 2011

Giada has long been a supplier of small form factor computers and, while its announcements aren't overly frequent, they sometimes manage to make the headlines anyway, this once by making use of AMD's recently lunched Fusion platform.

As end-users know, Advanced Micro Devices officially released the Fusion micro-architecture not long ago.

The platform includes several so-called APUs (accelerated processing units) which have CPU cores and DirectX 11 graphics on the same die (plus the accompanying chipsets of course).

They are not exactly excellent for any sort of gaming purposes, but they have scored quite a few design wins on the netbook and notebook markets.

Now, Giada has implemented the technology in a different market segment, that of small form factor desktops.

What it did was take advantage of AMD's Fusion tech Day in Singapore to showcase the A50 slim nettop/min-PC (can also be seen as a HTPC).

At its heart lies the E-350 APU, which is a dual-core chip with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz and the integrated Radeon HD 6310 graphics.

Additionally, the system features a DDR3 memory slot and a 2.5-inch drive bay, which should have no problem holding any hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD).

Furthermore, Giada made sure to include all necessary connectivity and I/O options, like 802.11n WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, optional Bluetooth and four USB ports.

Not only that, but one can also be sure than the system's multimedia capabilities won't go to waste, as an HDMI output has been included.

Basically, Full HD media (1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution) will easily be streamed to HDTVs or any other sort of display with HDMI support.

As one would expect, Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium is the one loaded onto this machine.

Exact availability and pricing details are unavailable, but the existing white model should be accompanied by a black one when sales do start.

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