AOpen had a range of new products on display, but the most interesting was the new AV PC that should launch this year. The HAVC 2.5 is a low profile (79mm) system that is compatible with Windows MCE and it offers a wide range of outputs including component and DVI. It will also feature a DVB-T tuner but the choice of CPU is rather unusual as the motherboard is based on the ATI RS482 chipset for Socket-939.

AOpen should also be launching its monitor range in Europe this year with a 26in LCD TV as the top of the range product.

If you’re a regular reader of TrustedReviews you’ll know that AOpen has produced Pentium M motherboards for the desktop already, but the new 915GM board is very different. This is targeting the HTPC market and offers component video out as well as DVI and HDMI. A full size ATX version of this board will also be available.

The XC Cube range has also been given a couple of new additions, a smaller unit for Pentium M processors and a taller one for those wanting more expandability as well as a USB 2.0 drive box that accepts two 5.25in drives.

Finally AOpen was showing its new i945P board. This latest chipset was announced by Intel at IDF a couple of weeks ago, and there were several boards on display from a wide range of manufacturers on the show. For some background on the new motherboard chipsets and dual-core processors, check out our IDF report.

There's more news still to come, but I have to rush off to a few more meetings before I catch the flight back to the UK and leave the rest of our CeBIT reporting in Benny’s capable hands.


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