Lately, the market is flooded with small form factor boxes
from various manufacturers. If you remember the old days, the PCB is integrated
into the back of the keyboard. This trend is back in 2003 and we have a powerful
desktop replacement system for your cramped desk - ECS Desknote A980.
ECS Desknote A980 can be regarded as the latest member of the
desknote series. With a slew of important capabilities that will make you drool
for one. Featuring the SiS 651 chipset, it supports the latest P4 3.06HT
processor (conventional CPU, non-P4-Mobile). With the demand for better 3D,
Desknote A980 comes equipped with a Geforce 420 GPU in replacement of the
integrated video the chipset provides.
A980 uses conventional DDR memory (1 slot) and you can use up
to 1GB stick if you wish for best performance. If you need connectivity, there
are the USB 2.0, 1394, LAN port, 56K modem all built into the A980.
As it is a desktop replacement, it doesn't come with a battery
pack, thus you have to use it where you can find a 110v/220v AC adaptor.
Special Features Takes the latest Pentium 4
desktop processors with 533MHz FSB
Enhanced graphics performance
powered by the nVIDIA GeForce 420 GPU
Upgradeable CPU, memory, and HDD
Sizzling Performance The A980 is able to take the latest desktop Pentium 4
processors with Northwood core and 533MHz FSB, right up to 3.06GHz, thus
enabling the user to operate the most powerful CPUs on the market today and run
the latest software applications with ease. The super fast performance of the
A980 is guaranteed to meet the demanding needs of professionals always 'on the
go' and speed-hungry gaming enthusiasts.
Being extremely versatile, the A980 also takes older Willamette core CPUs with
speeds of 1.4GHz and above.
Chipset The A980 features the SiS651/962 chipset with
integrated 256-bit 3D graphics accelerator for Intel Pentium 4 processors. The
graphics accelerator supports a shared memory size of up to 64MB, and also
supports advanced hardware acceleration for DVD playback. The AGP 4X interface
ensures crisp and clear graphics quality, while the chipsetís Ultra-AGPII
technology interconnects the integrated VGA chip and memory controller, allowing
data transfer rates up to 2GB per second. SiS' special MuTIOL technology
provides 533MB/s bandwidth to connect the chipset's north bridge and south
DDR Memory Even the most memory-hungry applications will not
cause a problem for the A980, which is equipped with one DDR DIMM socket to
support up to 1GB of DDR SDRAM (DDR266 or DDR333).
A Trustworthy Hard Drive No matter whether you are operating everyday office
programs or the largest applications on the market, the A980's hard drive won't
let you down. The A980 takes hard disk drives between 15GB and 40GB
System Expansion, Connectivity and Communication The A980 bristles with an array of powerful high-speed
data transmission ports onboard, including four USB 2.0 ports and an IEEE 1394
firewire port. A modem jack and Ethernet jack further enhance the A980's
IEEE 1394 The IEEE 1394 firewire port enables fast data
transmission up to 400Mbps between consumer electronic audio and video
appliances, whilst also providing enhanced connectivity for high-speed
peripherals and portable devices. Using the A980 to connect all one's electronic
appliances also allows for easy video editing.
USB 2.0 The A980 comes with four USB 2.0 ports to provide
high-speed data transmission rates up to 480Mbps for equipment such as
high-density storage devices, video conferencing cameras and high-resolution
scanners (USB 1.1 backward compatible).
Communication The A980 has a built-in 56K modem and 10/100 Base-T
LAN networking so that web surfing and e-mail retrieval can be done anywhere and
The A980 as a Home Entertainment System In addition to being the ideal computer product for
work applications, the A980 can also double as a fine quality home entertainment
system. The A980 is available with either a 15" XGA TFT monitor LCD or a 14"/15"
XGA TFT notebook LCD screen with maximum resolutions of 1024 x 768. The A980
comes with 5.1 channel built-in, as well as enhanced stereo speakers with
Super Convenient Two short-cut keys allow the user quick access to
retrieve e-mail or surf the Internet.
Super Versatile The A980 is designed to have several upgrade options
for components including the CPU, hard disk, memory and optical devices.
Super Cool Overheating is not a problem with the A980 as there
are numerous vents, an aluminum heat sink and a temperature-controlled cooling
fan. Operating temperatures are also kept down due to the machine's large form
factor and by locating the battery externally.
Stylish Appearance The A980 comes in a trendy black or a cool grey color