I had looked into a company in the UK called Trident Microsystems (similar name to the old graphics chipset and graphics card manufacturer) regarding their computer, the VESA PC, which is strikingly similar in features and appearance to the Fiire Station VESA option (1" fanless wall mount version). They are willing to ship their computers stateside, however, they charge 563 GBP, which when converted to US Dollars, results in the following charges, not including shipping:
Thursday, August 30, 2007
563 British Pound(s) = 1128.71 US Dollar(s)
1 USD =to 0.4988 GBP
1 GBP = 2.00481 USD
So, it would cost $1,128.71, plus S&H, not to mention that they might even charge VAT.
The Fiire Station on the other hand, is distributed by a San Francisco based operation and they charge $899.00 plus S&H.
So, if you are interested in the wall mount option (or back of the TV attached version of a MD), then it appears that you should consider the Fiire Station. Thought I had something when I had come across that UK VESA PC, but, it clearly will cost too much.
This unit does look to be either the same or similar to the Fiirestation... except that they claim C7 @ 1Ghz & Eden @ 1.5Ghz where the Fiirestation uses a C7 clocked at 1.5Ghz so I am not 100% sure.
But A bigger gotcha is that with the VESA PC you will not get the Unichrome Pro II driver software that you need to make UI2 work... UI1 would work fine if you built the freely available Unichrome Pro drivers though.