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
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

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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bosco_bearbank Member since:
2005-10-12

I'm not that old, but I did pay $3500 or so for box with an 8086 clone and 256MB RAM back in 1984

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kwanbis Member since:
2005-07-06

I still remember our 60mhz(!) Pentium 1, with 64MB of RAM.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I'm not that old, but I did pay $3500 or so for box with an 8086 clone and 256MB RAM back in 1984


Surely, you jest. 256MB in 1984? Doubtful they even had hard drives that big back then ;)

Edited 2012-09-10 05:43 UTC

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ameasures Member since:
2006-01-09

I'm not that old, but I did pay $3500 or so for box with an 8086 clone and 256MB RAM back in 1984


1984 - 256MB .... if you were lucky!

An easy mistake that shows how far things have come.

Edited 2012-09-10 08:59 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

back in the 80's, we were paying a premium to get a machine with 1/10th the power that this thing has

Probably closer to somewhere between 1/100th and 1/1000th... (especially since CPU isn't everything, plus in the meantime it integrated FPU & SIMD as standard)

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