Portwell released a nano-itx Atom board today, designed for use in point-of-sale (POS) and embedded systems.
The board measures only 4.72 inches on a side and will accept up to 1 gig of DDR2 memory in a SO-DIMM form factor. Storage can be added via IDE, CompactFlash or SD; in addition, there are six USB2.0 ports, VGA out and gigabit ethernet. The Atom processors will come in both 1.6GHz and 1.1GHz varieties. The interesting thing about this board, however, is that it also includes integrated sound and expansion opportunities via an open PCI-E x1 slot. While aimed at embedded business applications as I mentioned earlier, these features would make this board an excellent choice for enthusiasts and hobbyists, lending itself to any number of applications. Its small stature would lend itself well to be hidden away running a photo frame, widget display, firewall or media player. You could even just velcro it to the back of a small LCD and be good to go. There were no prices listed at this point, unfortunately, but given its Atom-based innards, chances are it won’t be too expensive.