VIA is marketing its new ART-3000 mini-PC as an embedded solution for industrial and commercial purposes. But you know what? This little guy has enough oomph to function halfway decently as a low power, small form factor desktop. Or as SlashGear points out, you could use it as the basis for a carputer, thanks to the rugged, fanless case design and easy mounting capabilities.

The computer has a 1.3GHz VIA Nano processor, Chrome9 graphics, and the VIA VX8000 media system processor. It can support 2GB of storage in a single memory slot. And there’s a 2.5″ SATA hard drive bay and a CompactFlash card slot for flash storage.

The ART-3000 also has a number of USB, COM, and serial ports as well as a VGA and LVDS outputs, 2 LAN ports, and mic and line jacks. The computer is shock-resistant when using a solid state disk instead of a hard drive, and has removable wall mount brackets.

Drivers available for Ubuntu, Windows XP, and Windows 7. The system is also available to OEMs with Windows XP embedded and Windows CE 6.0.

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