AOpens MP945 MiniPC
It's official, here's the new MiniPC

AOpen Computers just sent out an announcement for the MP945 MiniPC line.  We took a sneak peak of the MiniPC back in February, but today the PC showed up on AOpen's website.  Unlike the previous MiniPC MP915 the MP945 sports a new design that no longer resembles an Apple Mac Mini. Two color options are available with the MiniPC MP945—the silver and pastel blue MP945-VX and the black MP945-VXR. There are no size differences between the previous MiniPC MP915 and the new MP945. Weight remains the same at 2.4lbs.

The big change with the MiniPC MP945 is support for Socket 479 Intel Core Solo and Core Duo Yonah processors due to an upgraded north and south bridge. Upgrading to the Intel 945GM and ICH7M-DH brings a slightly faster Graphics Media Accelerator 950 integrated graphics core and DDR2-667 support. A few other notable improvements include a built-in microphone and 5.1 channel high definition audio outputs, though there’s no mention of which codec is used. This time around AOpen is shipping the MiniPC MP945 with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 instead of the previous Windows XP Professional that was shipped with the MiniPC MP915.

In February, AOpen engineers told DailyTech the MP945 series would retail for about $1,000 fully loaded.  Currently there is no price set on the new models. 

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