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Giada A51 Mini PC offers 1080P playback with the AMD Fusion processor

The Giada A51 home theater PC and media server also has several possible business uses. Find out what they are, and get the Giada A51 Mini PC's specs.
Shenzhen Jiehe Technology Development Co., Ltd. (JEHE) recently unveiled the Giada A51 Mini PC (Figure A), which is an AMD variant of the Intel-based Giada Mini PC i51 previously released by the company. Marketed as a home theater PC and media server, the Giada A51 comes with either an AMD E450 or E300 APU and has a compact form factor measuring just 192 x 155mm with a thickness of 26mm. The E450 has a clock speed of 1.65GHz while the E300 runs at 1.3GHz. Similar to the Giada i51 Mini PC, the A51 consumes only 30W of power and has the added benefit of an integrated Radeon HD 6320 GPU with support for DX11 3D games. Figure A

The Giada A51 Mini PC in white (Credit: JEHE)

JEHE says the Giada A51 is capable of full HD 1080p playback via its VGA and HDMI ports, and its silent operation of under 26dB makes it ideal as a home entertainment center in the living room. The system runs on Windows 7 Home Premium, though Ubuntu Linux and FreeBSD are also supported. Aside from built-in support for wireless networking, the mini PC also comes with an embedded Gigabit Ethernet port.

In terms of memory capacity, the Giada A51 Mini PC has 2 GB of DDR3 RAM (its upgradable to 4 GB), and comes with a 2.5-inch 320 GB hard disk drive. It has a generous selection of I/O ports (Figure B), including four USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, and a built-in SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro card reader. Audio capabilities come in the form of an S/PDIF-out port together with 3.5mm audio in and out ports. A wireless controller is available as an optional accessory. Figure B

The Giada A51 Mini PC's various interface ports. (Credit: JEHE)

Possible uses for the Giada A51 Mini PC

Aside from the obvious home theater usage, the Giada A51 Mini PC looks like a great system for connecting to projectors or sound systems in meeting rooms. In addition, business users could deploy it as a multimedia capable desktop terminal and as a terminal for accessing web applications.

The Giada A51 is available in black or white, and is distributed by Convergent Systems and Zenix Technology in Singapore, and GTI Software in the Philippines. It has a MSRP of US$399.

More about JEHE

According to slides that I obtained from JEHE, the firm is headquartered in Shenzhen and has branch offices in other parts of China, Hong Kong, the United States, and Taiwan. With about 1,000 employees, the company clocked US$335 million in revenue last year. The media contact told me that the Giada A51 Mini PC was designed entirely in-house by a team of 100 engineers.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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