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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Pointless crippled toy
by deathshadow on Tue 11th Sep 2012 09:20 UTC
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Would have been really cool -- FOUR YEARS AGO... but this thing is a joke even compared to the cheaper Pi... Much less the post-pi competitors like the cubieboard.

That's the one I'm much more interested in -- especially since the cubieboard is the first I've seen significantly more powerful than a ARM3 to bother exposing enough pinouts -- and mein gott the pinout options; LVDS, I2C, SPI, ADC's, PWM outputs... It's a Arduino on steroids... but then there's a reason most of my projects start out on a teensy++.

By comparison, VIA's offerings shows that they're just missing the mark... AGAIN. If anyone should have been dominating the 'low power' market, particularly in x86, it should have been VIA -- but their prices are noodle doodle territory per chip, which is why in the micro/mini ATX market ATOM kicked it's arse, and why on anything smaller chips by companies like Allwinner and RockChip at their sub ten USD per unit costs has relegated VIA into 'also ran' territory.

To be frank, I'm a little surprised they're still in business.

Edited 2012-09-11 09:21 UTC

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