Here's proof that someday soon, home theater PCs will take the form factor of tiny dongles. Inside this outlandishly small PC is the Via EPIA-P820 Pico-ITX motherboard, and Via's AMOS-3001 is the first PC to use it. As you can see by the gallery below, this exceptionally small PC has COM ports and two USB ports on the front, and Ethernet, USB, and HDMI ports in back. The PC is a mere 6 inches wide.
The best news? That 1.2GHz all-in-one VIA VX855 Media System Processor inside plays sweet 1080p video, according to Via. As you might have guessed, this is a fanless design, keeping it perfectly silent — look at it — the whole thing is a heatsink. Its exceptional quietude and minuscule form factor might make for a worthy dongle hanging off the back of an HDTV, ya think?
So far, there's no pricing announced for this reference unit, but it won't be long until even this small form factor will seem bulky — and the pico PCs will be so cheap they'll be built into every TV for practically nothing.