Tranquil mini Media Center PC


Tranquil Media MCE PCTranquil PC (via mini-itx.com) have this cool looking Media Center PC available in the UK.  It’s very small and so has some limitations but the design of it is great.  It’s using a VIA mini-itx platform so it’s not capable of playing HD WMV and only supports one tuner, but for a basic Media Center PC it looks pretty good.  The specs are:

  • Motherboard/CPU: VIA M2 1.2GHz with MPEG2 acceleration, 10/100Mbps LAN, 6ch Audio, SPDIF out, USB2.0, Firewire
  • Video: nVidia FX5200 128MB with composite and s-video out
  • Hard drive: 160GB
  • Optical drive: combo DVD/CD-RW

All in all a pretty impressive little system and right now mini-itx.com are running a competition to win one (I’m not sure, but it’s probably UK only).

Comments (2)

  1. Chris Lanier says:

    Most interesting! I guess this means the M12000 supports MPEG-2 acceleration using VMR9 (Or the drivers do). The M10000, which I own, will not function correctly with MCE since it seems the MPEG-2 acceleration only functions with Overlays, thus DVD’s and TV were out. Good post!

  2. the unit in fact does not rely on the MB MPEG2 decoder. it is fitted with a Nvidia FX5200 (128MB) card.

    this normally will not work, along side a Digital TV tuner, but Tranquil designed a high speed 1>2 PCI riser, that allows full bandwidth for the 2 demanding PCI cards.

    Thanks for all of the interest in the T2e MCE unit – remember it’s No. 1 feature… it is silent (fanless) !