This noteworthy notebook isn't a machine, but an entire ecosystem. Shuttle, a specialist in small form factor PCs and all-in-ones, has decided to make its entry into the notebook sector a bit more interesting than most.
With SPA (Shuttle PCB Assembly) and microSPA, Shuttle has created a manufacturing standard for notebooks based around a standardized motherboard. The goal is to streamline the laptop manufacturing process, and to help smaller OEMs cut development time and costs.
Shuttle will be partnering with a number of design houses, mechanical vendors, and component suppliers to offer a full supply chain, while certifying all products under the Shuttle Qualified moniker, lending otherwise invisible OEMS some of the Shuttle cachet.
Shuttle profits from companies using their development process, and small manufacturers get their brands on shelves with a reputable company's seal of approval. Consumers win too: with a standardized form factor and parts, replacing major components for upgrade and repair should be easier, and cheaper.