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It's Silent, Small, Fanless and Fabricated from Aluminium. What's Not to Love?

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German hardware company Cirrus7 are gearing up to release a new Ubuntu-powered PC.

The aluminium-cased Cirrus7 Nimbus is tiny, measuring just 22cm x 22cm with a height a smidge over 5cm.

But since “mini-PCs” aren’t exactly hard to find Cirrus7 have made sure the Nimbus will stand out by making it fanless. From what we can discern the aluminium case is also a passive cooler, able to tame the heat from an Intel Core i7-3770T with a max TDP of 45W.

Specifications

The Cirrus7 Nimbus will be available to customise online before buying, with a choice of three CPUs:

  • Intel i3-3220T @ 2.8Ghz (Dual Core)
  • Intel i5-3570T @ 2.2Ghz (Quad Core)
  • Intel i7-3770T @ 2.5 GHz (Quad Core)

Graphics wise this will offer Intel HD Graphics 2500 for the i3, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 for the i5 and i7.

One of three pre-installed operating systems can be housed on its own mSATA SSD inside the NImbus:

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Windows 8

Two additional 2.5″ SATA HDDS will be available with extra storage; 4GB will come as standard (though no doubt be upgradeable) and optional extras like WiFi and Bluetooth can be added.

Cirrus7 Nimbus Ports

Image credit: Cirrus7

Based on a prototype image shared by the company earlier in the year the following ports will be available:

  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • HDMI Out
  • Display Port
  • Digital Audio Out
  • 2 x Ethernet
  • Mic in/Audio out

Starting price will be €699 with an expected release date of ‘late May’.

For more information on the device, and see a few extra images, head over the Cirrus7 Website (In German):

Nimbus PC on Cirrus7 Blog