Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/29/gigabytes_brix_fall_into_place/

Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

No Linux drivers on offer at Gigabyte's site

By Simon Sharwood

Posted in Hardware, 29th May 2013 02:56 GMT

Taiwan's Gigabyte has officially taken the wraps off its BRIX, a sits-on-your-palm PC that offers direct competition for Intel's Next Unit of Computing.

Gigabyte hasn't let world+dog know much more than was revealed when it first demonstrated the computers, but has offered up the table below to confirm the specs of the four machines in the range.

BRIX Model GB-XM1-3537 GB-XM11-3337 GB-XM12-3227 GB-XM14-1037
Intel Processor Intel® Core™ i7-3537U Intel® Core™  i5-3337U Intel® Core™ i3-3227U Intel® Celeron™ 1037U
Cores 2 2 2 2
Threads 4 4 4 2
Clock Frequency 2 GHz – 3.1GHz 1.8 GHz – 2.7GHz 1.9 GHz 1.8 GHz
Smart Cache 4MB 3MB 3MB 2MB

Gigabyte's not saying what the BRIX cost and doesn't seem to have them in the channel yet: the announcement of their release seems to be just that - we can't spot any on retailers' sites yet.

But it's hard to imagine one key section of the system-builder population, Linux users, getting too excited because after rummaging about on the site erected for BRIX we could find no Linux drivers. Windows 7 and 8 were both supported, in 32-and-64-bit varieties. Linux-lovers will have to look elsewhere, which may not be ideal given Gigabyte is pushing the computers as a "versatile DIY PC" that "doesn’t hold back in terms display and peripheral connectivity, or raw performance, and is ideal for compact HTPC builds, as a standard desktop in the home or office, or in commercial applications such as digital signage."

Gigabyte BRIX

Gigabyte's new BRIX on-your-palm PC

That last application may be worthy of a little more consideration, as Intel also says it's one of the prime targets for its Next Unit of Computing devices. Digital signage has been with us for years, but has often been tied to moderately exotic hardware. Is a very small PC costing around $400 really going to catalyse the market? ®