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Shuttle Computer, the world’s leading maker of PC barebones and small form-factor computers, unveiled recently its new Shuttle XPC Media Center M1000 model that enables users to access the power of personal computer without leaving the living room. The M1000 perfectly matches the design of consumer electronics and provides capabilities to enjoy TV, video, music and photographs.

“The Shuttle XPC Media Center combines advanced power and noise reduction technologies, industry leading audio and video capabilities, and a powerful yet easy to use software interface to create an entertainment focused home computer ideal for the living room,” announced Ken Huang, chief designer and architect of the XPC.

The Shuttle XPC Media Center system comes in newly designed Shuttle M chassis, which is made of metal and measures by 350(D) x 442(W) x 78(H) mm. The product is based around Intel 915PM and Intel ICH6M core-logic designed for Intel Pentium M processors. For some regions Shuttle will pre-install Intel Pentium M 740 processor clocked at 1.73GHz and equipped with 2MB cache along with 512MB of dual-channel memory. The system may also be equipped with low-profile PCI Express graphics card based on the GeForce 6600 LE, 250GB hard disk drive, 1Gb Ethernet, 802.11b/g wireless network card as well as Live! 7.1 audio from Creative Labs.


Shuttle XPC Media Center M1000

The XPC Media Center will be equipped with all the necessary media peripherals, such as dual analog TV tuner card (PCI Interface, supports PAL/NTSC Mode), FM tuner and may optionally include ATSC / DVB-T digital TV tuner card. Shuttle will also install its 8-in-1 media drive that can read different types of memory cards, including SD, MMC, SM, MS, MS Pro, CF Type I/II, Micro drive as well as USB 2.0 ports; FireWire ports and other.

Earlier this year Shuttle already unveiled its XPC SB83GM PC barebone aimed at living rooms.

The manufacturer explained that the launch of the Shuttle XPC Media Center is being timed to coordinate with the release of Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. When developing the Shuttle XPC Media Center, engineers worked closely with Microsoft to ensure the system would work flawlessly with the new features added to the operating system, including Away Mode, dual tuner support, and compatibility with new Media Center Extender devices and Xbox 360.

Shuttle will bundle remote control and media center keyboard and other necessary cables with the XPC Media Center. Availability, specifications and pricing of the Shuttle XPC Media Center is subject to regional variation.

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