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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What we actually wanted was..
by uridium on Mon 10th Sep 2012 03:38 UTC
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Seriously. When is someone going to offer us a system that:
1) Bolts into a vanilla ATX case.
2) Has 2 (or more please?) cores.
3) Takes regular PC memory.
4) Has 2 (or more please?) SATA 1 || 2 ports.
5) Has at least two PCIe slots.
6) Dual on-board ethernet
7) Runs standard Linux and *BSD.
7) For $250au or under for board+processor only.

*Sigh* Seriously. I know of several friends waiting for this that've bought Rpi's and done the "it's fun..but what I really wanted was $See_Above".

Think ARM "workstation" please. Android, sure fun cute, but focusing on that is canceling out 90% of your market. Not everyone wants an ARM based system as a dev-box for a tablet. Some of us want to "do" something with ARM systems rather than play angry-birds.

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Gestahlt Member since:

So true.

I really want to work more with ARM based or at least not intel based device. Im very interested in low-power consumption devices (thats why the RPI is interesting to me). I dont mind giving 2-4 watt more for a second core or an dual CPU config.

With increasing costs for energy, id like to have some real alternatives for computing. Since im not in gaming anymore, i just want to get a rig that is doing the web and work stuff nicely. I mean the Galaxy S2 cant have so much energy consumption and it performs really nicely.

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biffuz Member since:

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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bassbeast Member since:

Its called the E350 from AMD and without case can be found for around $70. I've bought plenty of them, make great office boxes and cheap HTPCs and if you go to NewEgg they sell them in a nice HTPC style case for $100 flat.

I don't know how it translates into AU, you guy tend to get hosed, but since i can pick them up for $70 surely they can't be that much higher here. Does Amazon sell there? here is a nice one with case for $124 US.

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RE: What we actually wanted was..
by zima on Wed 12th Sep 2012 05:30 in reply to "What we actually wanted was.."
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Think ARM "workstation" please

And such machine, if done now, would be so niche and so expensive (think new "Amiga" machines - an order of magnitude slower and an order of magnitude more expensive than entry-level PCs) that it would lose most of ARM charm. Hardly anybody would want to pay for it - most of those who express their desire for such machine likely wouldn't pay for it.

Android, sure fun cute, but focusing on that is canceling out 90% of your market.

Well, VIA ~= HTC, essentially...

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