Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, the
ODroid-X, FXI Cotton Candy, and Via’s APC lineup are all truly affordable and
compact computing devices. They all share one thing in common – their CPU
hardware is based on ARM’s Cortex-A series of processors. Intel may be the
still dominant company in PC and Windows markets, but it’s having a much
tougher time in the mobile world.
Based on what we know, ARM looks set to
retain its lead for the foreseeable future. Thus, Ubuntu ARM mini pc is
With the success of comparable projects
such as Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone, miniature PCs are apparently all the rage
these days. Now, Giayee is throwing yet another option into the ring, an
ARM-based Mini PC running Ubuntu called P105.
The Giayee P105 mini PC is equipped with a
Rockchip RK3188 Quad core ARM Cortex A9 1.6GHz CPU. By comparison, the
Raspberry Pi is powered by a single-core 700MHz ARM 11 CPU , BeagleBone Black
use a 1GHz AM335x Cortex-A8 chip, and
Via’s APC lineup base on a 800MHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor. Besides, P105 Mini
PC features 2GB of RAM, and comes with 8GB or 16GB of storage, support for
802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100M Ethernet. Additionally, there are more outputs than
the Raspberry Pi for increased flexibility and compatibility with other
hardware. There are 3 USB hosts on P105 while Raspberry Pi just has one.
As for the price, it's much cheaper than
ordinary desktop computers, starts from $46 while ordinary desktop computers
sold at $200~300.
Mini PC is finding some growth within
Ubuntu OS. Intel describes it as a large potential market. In the future, it
can serve as an affordable first computer for people in developing countries,
or as an environmentally friendly choice as a secondary computer for people in
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