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A new flavor of Raspberry Pi is going to lead to some interesting mods, or so that's the hope. Raspberry Pi is being shrunk down and baked onto a SODIMM module, which modders and makers will be able to plug into their own home brewed Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). If that's above your skill or interest level, the Raspberry Pi Foundation also has in its recipe book a Compute Module I/O board to help designers get started. The SODIMM contains the guts of a Raspberry Pi -- BCM2835 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB eMMC flash storage (essentially the equivalent of having an SD card in the Pi). All of... Read more...
You may find that your next PC is a pint-sized model about the size of an optical drive, or even smaller. Mini PCs are becoming more powerful, making them viable options for people who really just need a daily driver for getting around on the web and productivity chores, or even some light gaming. Underscoring that point is Gigabyte's upgraded BRIX Ultra Compact PC Kit. "This new and updated Gigabyte BRIX builds on the incredible success and popularity of our original compact PC design," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of Gigabyte Motherboard Business Unit. "We’re confident end users... Read more...
Want to know what would happen if you took Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) and swapped out the chassis for one with a "Zen design," installed premium SonicMaster speakers into the device, and traded the built-in Wi-Fi card for one that supports 802.11ac? You'd end up with Asus' slim, sleek, and stylish VivoPC. The VivoPC is essentially a better looking NUC with some intriguing upgrades, though to be fair, it's also a somewhat larger box. Intel's NUC measures 4.59 inches by 4.41 inches by 1.55 inches, whereas the VivoPC measures 7.48 inches by 7.48 inches by 2.21 inches. It's a bigger device... Read more...
Stealth specializes in the industrial computer and peripherals market, and its newest product, the LPC-480FS, fits right in with that mold. It's a rugged mini PC that doesn't have any cooling fans, so other than any electrical noise that might possibly emanate from the system, it's silent rig designed for a variety of demanding applications, the company says. Heat is the biggest concern with any PC, especially silent systems that skimp or skips on active cooling. In this case, the system is housed in an extruded aluminum chassis that acts like a giant heatsink. The system measures just 6.1 inches... Read more...
If you're into mini PCs and gadgets that can fit in the palm of your hand, you have to be stoked at the growing number of options to choose from. The latest such device is the BeagleBone Black, a next-generation open-source mini PC from BeagleBoard.org that's the size of a credit card and costs just $45. Driving the BeagleBone is a 1GHz SitaraT AM335x ARM CortexT-A8 processor from Texas Instruments. This upgraded version of the original also sports twice as much RAM as before (512MB versus 256MB), has 2GB of onboard flash storage to run pre-loaded Linux software (you can also install Android),... Read more...
If you snooze you lose, and so it goes with the $25 Model A version of the Raspberry Pi, a credit card sized Linux PC that became available to purchase in the U.S. on Easter Sunday. Despite the holiday being a time to relax, plenty of people in the U.S. saw fit to fork over their financial information and order the Model A, which is now sold out. Texas-based Allied Electronics listed both the Model A and slightly more expensive Model B ($35) yesterday morning, and both are out of stock at the time of this writing. "Due to limited supply of the Raspberry Pi Model A, we are not offering pre-orders... Read more...
In Field of Dreams, farmer Ray Kinsella heard a voice that said, "If you build it, he will come." The Raspberry Pi Foundation must have heard a similar whisper about building a low-cost PC, and like Kinsella, the company was wise to listen, having likely sold a million Raspberry Pi boards to date. "The folks at element 14/Premier Farnell announced today that they alone have now made and sold more than half a million Raspberry Pis. They’re only one of two official distributors; we don’t have completely up-to-date figures from RS Components yet, but Farnell’s news suggests that... Read more...
Giada announced a new mini PC that features an NVIDIA GT610 GPU. The new i35G mini PC series also features an Intel Atom D2500 series processor, up to 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard disk drive, and support for 1080p high definition graphics. As a mini PC, the i35G is designed to keep power consumption to a minimum. As you should expect, this PC has a small footprint, measuring about 7.56 x 6.10 x 1.02 inches. For connectivity, the i35G supports HDMI, remote control capabilities, VGA, Bluetooth, and five USB 2.0 ports. The PC also has a memory card reader. The Giada i35G series is available for... Read more...
Zotac is sort of the Zen master of small form factor PCs. The company's ZBOX line of mini PCs are typically stylish, feature packed, and surprisingly powerful considering their small packages, which you can tuck away in a home theater rack or attach to the back of your PC monitor or HDTV. In an attempt to take things to a whole new level, Zotac has just unveiled its extra small ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus mini PC. According to Zotac, the Nano XS flavored ZBOX is the world's smallest mini PC capable of delivering a high definition desktop computing experience. It's 17 percent smaller than previous generation... Read more...
Is there any company more invested in the mini PC market than Zotac? Maybe there is and maybe there isn't, but either way, no one would argue that Zotac is one of the busiest bodies in the industry when it comes to Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs destined to find a place in your living room, whether its displayed prominently in your A/V rack or hidden out of sight behind your swank HDTV (or PC monitor, as it were). Adding to an already crowded lineup are three new models Zotac unveiled at CeBIT 2012. Zotac ZBOX ID82 Plus First up is the ZBOX ID82 Series. This is a standard ZBOX system with an Intel... Read more...
Zotac is emerging as a major player in the mini PC market and you'll find a boatload of ZBOX units if you visit the company's website. The one we have with us today is the ZBOX ID80 Plus, one of the newer units built around Intel's recently released Atom "Cedar Trail" refresh. It comes equipped with an Intel Atom D2700 processor, 2GB of DDR3-1066 RAM, 320GB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M GPU. There's also onboard Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, HDMI output, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, and an IR receiver with a media remote bundled in. All this and quite a bit more comes packed in a diminutive box... Read more...
A new era of home entertainment is upon us. If you think about how you watch TV today versus 10 or even five years ago, it's probably a completely different experience. Nearly everything is served up in high definition, digital video recorders (DVRs) are now the norm and not the exception, and streaming services are making a big push to be the primary way in which you view content traditionally served up by cable and satellite TV. Unless you live way out in the boonies, you're probably rocking a broadband Internet connection, which is your gateway to any number of streaming services like Netflix,... Read more...
Sapphire officially announced a follow-up model to its small Edge-HD Mini PC. The new Edge-HD3 packs plenty of power into its small form. Inside, you'll find a 1.6GHz AMD E450 APU as well as 4GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD. For graphics, the Edge-HD3 utilizes the AMD Radeon HD6320. As a mini-PC, the Edge-HD3 measures approximately 7.6 x 5.83 x 0.87 inches and weighs approximately 1.17 pounds. The Edge-HD3 has built-in wireless connectivity and a high-speed LAN port. Other connectivity options include four USB ports and an HDMI interface for high-resolution graphics output. An HDMI cable and an HDMI-DVI... Read more...
It's amazing what you can discover by digging around the Web. Head over to the FCC's website, for example, and you might stumble upon an intriguing Fusion-powered nettop from Sapphire. Rather than release another pint-sized system with an Intel Atom processor and Nvidia Ion graphics running the show, Sapphire's upcoming Edge-HD3 Mini PC will roll with an AMD E-450 dual-core processor and integrated Radeon HD 6320 graphics. Credit goes to Liliputing for discovering the FCC page, which seems to have to have disappeared, but not before a few specs and several pictures could be pulled from the site.... Read more...
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