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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RE: What we actually wanted was..
by biffuz on Mon 10th Sep 2012 14:34 UTC in reply to "What we actually wanted was.."
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The problem is that the most powerful ARM chips are in fact SOCs designed for tablets and smartphones, and do not come with all the features needed to build such a board.
I doubt there's enough market yet for a powerful, desktop-oriented ARM chip to attract the chip designers. Just wait for those promised ARM servers, and in the meantime go with an Atom.

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