VIA neo-itx $49 ARM board

Ha ha, here they come, the Raspberry Pi look-alikes!

This one is called 'APC' and is fairly similar to the RasPi -- same arm11 (armv6) class of CPU. It has been announced all over the place, here is one link:
http://www.reghardware.com/2012/05/22/chip_maker_via_outs_49_dollar_raspberry_pi_alike/



The official website is down right now, probably overloaded:
http://apc.io/

This site has a video:
http://liliputing.com/2012/05/via-apc-a-49-android-computer-with-an-arm11-cpu.html

It only has Android 2.3, but for sure there will be plenty of people endeavoring to get Linux running on it.


Posted on 23 May 2012, 18:08


Comments:

Posted on 23 May 2012, 19:02 by darkcity
hello
No SD card on this one? Has VGA out which will be useful for some.


Posted on 23 May 2012, 19:51 by Dougal
GPU
They don't mention what GPU is used... look at their "Technical Details" and it just says "Built-in 2D/3D Graphic Resolution up to 720p".
Pretty dubious.


Posted on 23 May 2012, 21:14 by maxerro
not there yet
The whole board-type thing is starting to get tiring. The initial hype on Pi was about (...well besides price...) its usb-flash-size.

That's all you need really: a HDMI-out on one end, a USB port on the other, and Bluetooth/Wifi connectivity in the middle.

When HDMI-ports get the ability to power this kind of devices (in some new revision maybe) or they get replaced by MHL, those cheap PC-sticks will probably be a smash-hit.



Posted on 24 May 2012, 5:06 by DesertPuppy
maxerro here is your wish
http://www.reghardware.com/2012/02/28/fxi_technologies_offers_cotton_candy_linux_pc_on_a_stick/

I just found it browsing the web LOL.




Posted on 24 May 2012, 11:25 by Raffy
Exact same processor
The Wondermedia 8750 has "800Mhz ARM1176JZF processor", exactly the RasPi's.

RasPi offers binary blob for running the GPU, so VIA should be no different.

Now, that increases confidence that RasPi-targeted software can find alternative kennels.


Posted on 24 May 2012, 11:44 by Raffy
4-13.5 watts
Given the 4-13.5 watts power consumption, there must be a heat sink somewhere.


Posted on 24 May 2012, 19:49 by Dougal
Cotton Candy
There's a new one that's cheaper than the Cotton Candy and uses the A10 chip:
http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/MK802-micro-PC-runs-Android-4-0-and-Linux-for-74-1578994.html



Posted on 24 May 2012, 19:51 by Dougal
Wondermedia 8750
Raffy, the point with the RasPi is not the CPU, though. The point is that it's a powerful GPU with a little CPU added onto it.
So what is important is to know what GPU is included...


Posted on 24 May 2012, 22:12 by Jota
For a little more bucks...
Money for money, I still think the Mele has the best value.
The sata hd option makes it a winner!