This is probably one of the coolest looking miniITX computers I've seen.
Wednesday, 12th March 2003 – Hanover, Germany CeBIT 2003
The birth of a new generation
The next major challenge in system design has arrived with the launch of the first true silent solution for the VIA EPIA platform to hit the market. Enter Hush Technologies with their revolutionary Mini-ITX PC cases – aesthetically pleasing, yet functional and silent.
“We had a desire to create what is required in many modern, demanding environments – a PC solution that was designed to solve the fundamental issue of noise. The Hush Mini-ITX PC is the first of a family of products to be born of this search. Our research indicated that silence leads to increased productivity, a better working environment, lower cost of ownership and longer shelf-life. It is as much at home in the office or the living room.” commented Markus Kremer, General Manager of Hush Technologies.
“Our customisable solutions have tremendous scope to revolutionise the way modern technology products are perceived in the home and in the workplace, and can fulfil various roles within the PC, home entertainment, audio and video market place”.
When silent means silent …
“Most PC noise comes from internal components with moving parts and, in particular, the high speed cooling fans of the CPU, power supply and also on the case itself. As computers have become more powerful, so cooling requirements have increased, leading to larger - and increasingly noisy - fans. Excessive noise has been shown to be a significant problem, diminishing the performance levels of office workers by as much as 60 percent*, and is an even more critical factor in home-based systems” - British Journal of Psychology, 1998
"Research shows that PC noise is fast becoming one of the most important considerations in new PC purchasing decisions," commented Richard Brown, Director of marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. "VIA and Hush Technologies have shown their market leadership in the quiet computing segment with the launch of the new Silent Mini-ITX PC."
What we are doing –
Designing bespoke tailored solutions for various market segments in the PC, home entertainment, audio and video market place - leveraging best of breed components with an innovative approach to aesthetics, ergonomics and silence.
How it works -
Our unique case fins design and intelligent cooling system achieves both an ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing solution as well as silence.
What it looks like -
Where it works –
Designed for places where silence is at a premium – it removes the obstacles to noise.
The benefits –
Quietly Revolutionary – Hush Technologies’ innovative cooling system means no fan noise and fewer moving parts, resulting in a calmer more productive working environment.
Clinical Precision – developed for use in medical environments where reliability and stability are a matter of life and death.
Producing Productivity – research proves that a quieter working environment increases productivity, aids in staff retention and leads to improved decision making.
Health and Safety – without cooling fans circulating air, workplaces become less likely to spread airborne disease, leading to a healthier workforce.
Welcome Home – noise and aesthetics, the traditional barriers to PC use in the home, are eliminated as obstacles, opening the way for the future of computing.
Lower Cost of Ownership – fewer moving parts resulting in a longer lifecycle and lower cost of ownership.
Cool Running – better heat emission means fewer issues of heat dispersal in the workplace and a more pleasant work environment.
German Engineering – designed and built in Stuttgart, home of Mercedes and Porsche.
Bespoke Build – from colours to components, Hush Technologies can build a PC to order.
About Hush Technologies
Hush Technologies is a bespoke manufacturer of precision engineered PCs and cooling systems that work with people, not against them. Ergonomics, stability and silence are our watchwords and our focus is on case design, cooling systems and consultancy. Hush Technologies services industries and individuals where stability and silence are a priority, including the medical, media, domestic, architectural and creative arenas.
The word in today’s market place is ‘choice’ and bespoke solutions are the way forward. Hush Technologies provides the answer by managing the customer-supplier relationship from the early days of consultation, through the design, manufacture and customisation stages to the creation of the end product.
Hush Technologies Mini-ITX PC Technical Specifications:
Single Hard Disk Drive (upto 200Gb ATA133 IDE)
Slimline Drive Bay to accommodate a CD-Rom, DVD-Rom, CD/CDRW, CD/DVD/CDRW Combo or DVD Writer
Single slot PCI Riser Card for PCI Expansion
An EPIA Mini-ITX Form Factor motherboard from VIA Technologies Inc.
Memory (RAM) support dependant on motherboard – either PC133 SDRAM or PC2100 DDR RAM
External 55W Morex power supply PCB
Case dimensions (external) – 370mm wide, 340mm depth, 59mm height
About VIA EPIA Series Mini-ITX Mainboards
The VIA EPIA Series Mini-ITX Mainboards are a revolutionary 17cm x 17cm platform optimized for today’s killer digital video and audio applications, mini PC, Information Station, Information Server, and Broadband Gateway product lines. VIA EPIA Series Mini-ITX Mainboards are fully compatible with Microsoft® Windows ME/2000/XP and a variety of Linux-based operating systems. Available with an embedded VIA Eden™ ESP processor core for fanless, ultra-quiet systems, or an embedded VIA C3™ E-Series processor for more demanding digital multimedia applications, the VIA EPIA Series is the perfect platform for a whole range of small form factor, low-power digital media devices, corporate and educational PCs.
The VIA EPIA M Series features the new VIA Apollo CLE266 chipset with embedded MPEG-2 decoder and a new integrated 2D/3D graphics core, the VIA EPIA M-Series platform provides smooth DVD playback, and a rich overall entertainment experience. With the sizable memory bandwidth of DDR266 SDRAM and the high data transfer speeds of ATA/133, the VIA EPIA M-Series ensures the high performance levels required of today’s most popular digital media applications. The user’s digital media experience is further enhanced by support for 5.1 surround sound, courtesy of the onboard VIA VT1616 6 Channel AC’97 codec.
The latest in high-bandwidth connectivity is supported with IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 connections provided, as well as S-Video and RCA TV-Out (NTSC & PAL) and 10/100 Ethernet for seamless broadband connectivity. The VIA EPIA M-Series also offers support for the latest LVDS embedded LCD panels, has one PCI slot for expandability options, and is compatible with a full range of Mini-ITX chassis as well as FlexATX and MicroATX chassis.
Further information on the VIA EPIA M-Series Mini-ITX mainboard may be found at: