That’s not an external optical drive you’re looking at. It’s actually Shuttle’s upcoming Windows-based nettop that runs on Intel’s Atom D510 dual core processor. The fact that it measures only 3.3cm? That’s not what makes it awesome (although the size does add to its overall awesome-factor)—it’s that this small desktop kit comes with Nvidia’s ION2 graphics, making for a really compact desktop kit that can handle HD videos and streaming 3D.
The rest of the spec spells out a desktop that saves on both power and space, with the previously-mentioned 1.66GHz dual-core D510 processor running the show on Intel’s NM10 Express chipset. The actual capabilities of Nvidia’s GT218 graphics processor hasn’t been proven yet, but the fact that the GPU is paired with an HDMI connector, well that pretty much means more than your average entertainment option: An HD-capable multimedia computer that’s small enough to fit on a shelf along with the rest of your home entertainment system’s components. And without any fans, it should be as quiet as your DVD player.
The rest of its connections include the usual set: USB, VGA, LAN and built-in audio, plus a multi card-reader, a notebook-sized (2.5-inch) hard drive, and enough free space to fit a slim optical drive.
A list of “more specific” specifications (along with this kit’s price) isn’t available yet, but it’s set to launch around the second quarter of 2010. We should know more when Shuttle unveils it during the CeBIT show.