Zotac's ZBOX nano VD01 packs dual-core VIA CPU in a tiny, tiny box

Zotac isn't the biggest name in computers, but the company does do one thing particularly well -- cram capable HTPC components in itty-bitty boxes for a reasonable price. VD01 series ditches more well known solutions from Intel and AMD for chips from VIA, specifically the Nano X2 U4025 CPU with its Chrome9 media processor. Inside is room for a 2.5-inch HDD and a single DDR3 slot, but you can get those pre-populated with a 320GB disk and 2GB RAM by opting for the Plus model. Outside is your usual selection of USB 3.0, 2.0, eSATA, Ethernet and HDMI ports while inside are both Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11n radios. There's even an IR receiver and bundled remote to make this truly living room friendly. Check out the gallery below, as well as the PR after the break.

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ZOTAC® Launches Affordable Palm-Sized ZBOX nano VD01 Series mini-PCs

New ZOTAC® ZBOX nano VD01 series deliver energy-efficiency in a palm-sized platform

HONG KONG – Oct. 6, 2011 – ZOTAC® International, a leading innovator and channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today launches the latest addition to the ZBOX nano product lineup with the new ZBOX nano VD01 series – an affordable palm-sized mini-PC powered by a VIA Nano™ X2 processor.
The ZOTAC® ZBOX nano VD01 series combines the latest VIA Nano™ X2 U4025 CPU and VX900H media system processor for outstanding energy-efficiency and performance. VIA Chrome9 graphics with ChromotionHD™ 2.0 processing enables the ZOTAC® ZBOX nano VD01 series to deliver silky-smooth playback of popular high-definition video formats, including Blu-ray, MPEG2, H.264, VC-1 and streaming Internet video.
"ZOTAC® is pleased to expand its mini-PC lineup with the addition of a VIA platform. The VIA Nano™ X2 with VX900H chipset enables us to deliver an affordable energy-efficient mini-PC that is ideal for digital media consumption and home server use with the ZOTAC® ZBOX nano VD01 series," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC® International.
"ZOTAC is an industry leader of innovative mini-PC solutions." said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "VIA is proud to partner with ZOTAC for the ZBOX nano VD01 series that highlights our energy efficient Nano X2 platform."
The ZOTAC® ZBOX nano VD01 series packs plenty of expansion capabilities with space to accommodate a 2.5-inch SATA drive and DDR3 SO-DIMM module – ZBOX nano VD01 Plus models include a 320GB SATA hard drive and 2GB of DDR3 preinstalled – internally, while USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and eSATA ports are available for external expansion.
It's time to play with the ZOTAC® ZBOX nano VD01 series.

General details
• ZOTAC® Launches Affordable Palm-Sized ZBOX nano VD01 series
• VIA Nano™ X2 U4025 CPU
o 1.2 GHz, dual-core
• VIA VX900H chipset
o VIA Chrome9 graphics processor
o VIA ChromotionHD™ technology
• ZBOX nano VD01
o 1 x DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slot
o Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 3.0 Gb/s HDD/SSD
• ZBOX nano VD01 Plus
o 2GB DDR3
o 320GB 5400RPM HDD
• 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports
• HDMI & DisplayPort outputs
• Gigabit Ethernet
• Onboard 802.11n WiFi
• Onboard Bluetooth 3.0 technology
• Bundled MCE-compatible remote
• Integrated IR receiver
• Bundled USB IR receiver (for mounted installations)
• Bundled VESA75/100 mount

ZBOX Specifications:
Product Name ZBOX nano VD01 ZBOX nano VD01 Plus
Memory 1 x 204-pin DDR3-1066 SODIMM slot 2GB DDR3

Hard Disk 1 x 2.5-inch 320GB 5400RPM
CPU VIA Nano™ X2 U4025 (1.2 GHz, dual-core)
GPU VIA Chrome9
Video Memory Shared memory architecture
Display Options HDMI & DisplayPort
Memory Card Reader 6-in-1 (SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD)
SATA eSATA (rear)
Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
WiFi Onboard 802.11n WiFi & Bluetooth 3.0
USB Ports 2 USB 2.0 (rear)
2 USB 3.0 ports (rear)
Audio Onboard analog stereo high-definition audio
HDMI audio (PCM)
DirectX® Support DirectX® 9 with Shader Model 3
Other Features
Software Features
Windows® 7 Capability Windows® 7 with Aero® user interface and DirectCompute compatible

About ZOTAC® International (MCO) Limited
ZOTAC® International is a part of PC Partner Ltd. Group. ZOTAC® is also one of the largest NVIDIA® graphics cards and motherboard manufacturer in the world with over 10 years of quality manufacturing experience. The ZOTAC® philosophy is to deliver the latest products at competitive prices without sacrificing quality.
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