Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Sep 2012 21:48 UTC, submitted by Boomshiki
Hardware, Embedded Systems "We've seen a profusion of relatively low-cost PCs and tablets over the last few years, but Taiwanese electronics company Via's APC is cheap even by these standards: it's a $49 low-power desktop computer running a modified version of Android 2.3. Announced today, the APC is meant as a simple way to connect to the internet, so you won't get a great deal of computing power. It contains an 800MHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 memory, 2GB of flash storage, and can connect to a monitor or TV to output a resolution of up to 720p. It also consumes a fraction of a standard desktop's power: 13.5 watts at maximum and only 4 watts when idle."
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My, how technology has progressed
by WorknMan on Sun 9th Sep 2012 22:26 UTC
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This thing is amazing, considering that back in the 80's, we were paying a premium to get a machine with 1/10th the power that this thing has. Back in 1991-ish, my dad paid $2,500+ for a 386 33mhz machine, with 4MB RAM.

I'm sure those who are older than me can recall a time where computers took up a whole room, and were slow even by 80's standards ;)

Edited 2012-09-09 22:26 UTC

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