VIA announces $49 Android PC with ARM11 processor
VIA Technologies, Inc this week unveiled a $49 Android PC system, the APC 8750. Using a VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC, the APC 8750 integrates memory, storage, and a full set of consumer I/O features in a small footprint Neo-ITX motherboard that can be connected to a TV or monitor. It also has a custom build of Android 2.3 OS, optimized for keyboard and mouse input, and a browser and some basic apps.
The processor is clocked at 800 MHz. There is 512 MB DDR3 memory, and 2GB NAND Flash for storage. For graphics, the system can provide output via HDMI or VGA ports, with resolutions up to 720p. There is a 10/100 ethernet port, 4 x USB 2.0 and audio out/mic in, alongside a microSD port. Power consumption is ultra-low, with 4W consumed when idle, and a mere 13.5W under load, one tenth of the power used by a typical PC.
All this fits into a new form factor called Neo-ITX, which has a pcb 170 x 85mm in size (92.05 mm high including the connectors). This form factor is compatible with mini-ITX and mATX cases, so should fit in most existing cases.
VIA will be accepting pre-orders soon, and expect to be shipping product in July.