VIA ARTiGo goes quad-core

VIA has rolled out a revamped x86-powered ARTiGo that offers support for Windows and various flavors of Linux.

The uber-mini A1250 – which measures just 7″ x 4.9″ x 1.2″ – is similar to its ARTiGO A1200 predecessor. However, the A1250 is smaller, with a 1GHz quad-core CPU rather than a dual-core chip.  

In addition, the device features a Pico-ITX motherboard, along with HDMI, 2 USB 3.0/2 USB 2.0 ports, a mic, headphone, and line jacks as well as VGA and Gigabit Ethernet ports.

There is also a 2.5″ bay for a hard drive or solid state disk (SSD), along with a single memory slot for up to 8GB of RAM and an optional 802.11b/g/n accessory.

Graphics? The ARTiGO A1250 is capable of rendering resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels, while the integrated graphics chip supports DirectX 11 as well as MPEG-2 WMV9 and H.264 decoding.

As Liliputing’s Brad Linder notes, the A1250 is primarily targeted at commercial applications, but can just as easily be used as a home media server or a low-power desktop PC.

“It officially supports Windows XP, 7, Embedded 7, and XP Embedded 2009 as well as Linux,” Linder confirmed. “I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to run Windows 8 on it, though.”

VIA hasn’t yet announced a price for its latest ARTiGO, but we can safely assume it will be priced at around $300 or so, as the A1200 iteration sells for $320.