Easy PC FlexATX designs tip up

Firms hiding designs under bushel

Taiwanese companies were showing unusual designs at Computex last week, but only in private. FlexATX designThis case, from ChenBro, is one of four the company showed in its private suite. The others include an egg-shaped PC, and a machine which includes a PC camera. The plastic machines are designed to accommodate Intel and Microsoft's so-called legacy free motherboards. Earlier this year, Intel said that there would be a number of such designs available for sale from around August onwards. But Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers we spoke to at the show claimed that the FlexATX design is still "under development". Because of the form factor, the machines will use Pentium IIIs with a socketed design, as first revealed here. ® Computex 99 coverage Intel Developer Forum Feb 99

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