AOpen the First to Harness the Power of Pentium M in Small Form Factor PC

AOpen's Sleek Styling Combined with Low Power Consumption And Silent Operation

of Intel Pentium M Makes EY855-II XC Cube a Perfect Consumer Choice

Feb 08, 2005, 00:00 ET from AOpen Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- AOpen(R) Inc., an award-winning,
 global leader in PC component and barebones systems design and manufacturing,
 today announced the first Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs based on the i855GME
 chipset for the Intel Pentium-M. The release of EY855-II XC Cube follows
 AOpen's release of the world's first desktop motherboard based on Socket 479
 Intel Pentium M CPU, the i855GMEm-LFS in late November. The new 855 Pentium M
 product fuses unmatched computing performance, ultra silence and low power
 consumption expected from high-end laptop with a sleek, classic desktop worthy
 of any user.
     "AOpen is proud to be the first to cater to consumers with a line of
 powerful customizable products that offer a perfect combination of
 exhilarating performance, low power consumption and ultra silence," said James
 Chen, the XC Cube product manager of AOpen. "Our compact, stylish PCs deliver
 unmatched entertainment enjoyment for unparalleled user experience."
     The AOpen EY855-II XC Cube supports Pentium M processors up to 2.0GHz,
 with a 400-533MHz FSB and 2GB of DDR333 memory. The Pentium M processor
 consumes only 40 watts, unlike its predecessor the Intel LGA775 Pentium 4
 which consumed roughly 160 watts. The new chip design generates less heat and
 needs much less cooling, resulting in quieter operation -- a feature highly
 advantageous to SFF PCs.
     The EY855-II XC Cube is equipped with a high-quality ultra silent CPU
 cooler which eliminates annoying cooler noise. The average speed of the
 equipped cooler is roughly 2000rpm, emitting a mere 22~24 dB, a 40 percent
 reduction in noise level compared to a P4 processor running at 37 dB. The
 product also supports a full range of expansion interfaces including USB2.0
 ports, IEEE1394 connectors, AGP 4X graphics slot and PCI slot onboard,
 offering users flexible scalability for future upgrades.
     The AOpen EY855-II XC Cube is available through AOpen Authorized Resellers
 throughout North America starting at approximately $320.00.
     About AOpen
     AOpen is a publicly listed company under the Wistron Group. Besides
 developing micro bare bone systems, portable computers, standard systems,
 motherboards, imaging products, multimedia cards and monitors, it has recently
 established a Strategic Product Division to strengthen it products in the
 market, and integrate its combined resources to actively expand AOpen's market
 share around the globe, including that in Taiwan, China, Japan, Asia, the
 Americas and Europe. With a strong R&D background, ample production experience
 within the Wistron Group, and combining AOpen's marketing and assembling
 advantages, AOpen is aggressively expanding in the Chinese market, offering
 local services, and providing a 3C parts and components solution for small and
 medium sized businesses.
      Public Relations for US
      Marti Miernik
      Neale-May & Partners for AOpen
      650-328-5555 x140
      Michele Sun
      AOpen Marketing Manager