Altech signs on with Shuttle

Altech signs on with Shuttle

Altech Computers has signed an agreement with Shuttle to distribute the Taiwan-based manufacturer's range of XPC bare-bone (CPU-less) systems in Australia.

Altech's general manager of sales and marketing, Safa Joumaa, told ARN the first batch of XPC small form factor bare-bone PCs had been sold before the units had even arrived.

"We're looking at shifting 1,000 units per month," he said. "This could overtake every other product we sell. Shuttle is one of the best manufacturers of small from factor PCs in the world - I knew we'd sell out."

Bare-bone PCs are manufactured with every component bar the processor. Essentially, when the consumer buys a PC they are ready to slot in their processor of choice. The bare-bone PCs support AMD and Intel processors.

According to Joumaa, Altech has been in negotiations for six months with Shuttle, attempting to join previous sole-distributor, SATO Technology.

"We were asking for a long time," he said. "This is a big deal for us."

Shuttle's experience in high-end gaming machines addresses the needs of a new wave of home entertainment users, Joumaa added.

"This is a trend that's going to last for quite a while. The gamers drive the market through wanting the best and the fastest computing first," he said.

Shuttle marketing manager, Sylvia Pan, hinted the company may look for more Australian distribution deals in light of increased local interest in the product.

"Altech obviously has its own set of partners and will complement our deal with SATO," she said. "That's why we've now got two distributors, and we may look for more to work together in the channel."

Shuttle encourages users to upgrade and modify their PCs, and manufactures silent power supplies, case modification components and a wireless infrared remote control.

Shuttle's flagship Intel-based XPC, the SB81P, sports a proprietary motherboard based on Intel's 915G chipset, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 and 7.1-channel audio and supports socket 775 Prescott processors.

The unit also has a water-filled radiator, two fans and a silent 350W power supply.

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