And this is newsworthy why?
I wonder why, amongst all the low-power embedded products, The Register singled out this one. At 1400 USD the Plat'Home box is HOPELESSLY OVERPRICED. The Japanese have a word for that: BOROMOHKE.
We are a foreign owned Japanese company in Tokyo which integrates small embedded systems for various applications. We have tested all the Plat'Home "Blocks" products since the first one in the late 1990s (called OpenBlocks back then) and they continuously lose out when compared with other such products from non-Japanese suppliers.
At around 200 USD, the (Californian) Soekris micro servers (Net55xx line) are already considered pricey in the market, but they cost only a fraction of the Plat'Home Blocks products. Even then they are more powerful, consume less electricity and the cases are less bulky (slimline versus brick).
The (Swiss) PC Engines micro servers (ALIX line) use the same AMD Geode LX800 CPU (x86 compatible) as the Soekris, but they are only about 100+ USD and their ultra slim aluminium cases use up less space than the xBlocks. PC Engines also deliver a heavy duty mast-mountable outdoors case.
These are only two alternative suppliers which have better products at a fraction of Plat'Home prices. Look around and you will find that there are many many more. You will also find that the Plat'Home product is the least interesting one of the lot. I really don't understand how The Register gets so excited about it.