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 zima on Wed 12th Sep 2012 05:30 UTC 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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