Monday, July 15, 2013

The 99 dollar Ubuntu computer

Compulab released this week a $99 dollar arm based computer that will sport Ubuntu and Android as operating system choices.

"The Utilite will be equipped with a Freescale i.MX6 MPCore processor, based on ARM's Cortex-A9. Users can pick between single-core, dual-core or quad-core setups. Along with this, the Utilite will have 4GB of RAM and an mSATA SSD. On the connectivity side of things, the Utilite will have Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. It will have HDMI and DVI-D outputs, four USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB port, standard 3.5 mm audio jacks, a microSD XD card slot and two ultra-mini RS232 interfaces." -tech2

The power supply will be amazingly lite, 8 WATS max usage, with a 10-16 volt power supply.

The size of the unit is also very small, at 5.3 x 3.9 x 0.8 inches.

Compulab's website stated that the box would be an "elegant zero-screws" box.

Utilite's ability to decode H.264 1080p multi-stream videos will make it a decent media box. tech2 hinted to the possible use of XBMC, which would make it a gorgeous looking media/internet box.

It will also support OpenGL ES, OpenVG and OpenCL EP.

With all of this power in a small package, Compulab's Utilite has what it takes to take on some of the x86 models.

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