VIA shows it's 49 USD computer, it is powered by a Wondermedia WM8750 (ARM11 SoC) at 800MHz. It is distributed with Android and supports 720p playback, has 4 USB 2.0 port, one 100Mbps Ethernet port, one VGA out and one HDMI out port, and standard analog input/output audio. It is build in a Neo-ITX form factor that allows to be used on any case that support Micro-ATX, it is expected to be released at the end of June 2012.
- VIA to sell $49 Android PC that will handle 720p video (thetechblock.com)
- VIA launches "Android PC" mini ARM-based system (h-online.com)
- Via Announces $49 PC With Android OS (pcworld.com)
- Raspberry Pi not enough for you? How about a $49 Android PC? (betanews.com)
- VIA Is Still At It: They Launched A $49 ARM PC (phoronix.com)
- VIA unveils $50, Android-powered APC (electronista.com)
- VIA launches $49 Android PC (geek.com)
- VIA's $49 Android-Based Mini-PC is No Bigger Than a Banana (tomshardware.com)
- VIA announces $49 Android-based PC; coming in July (neowin.net)
- Another tiny computer: VIA's $49 APC offers Android, HDMI video out (arstechnica.com)
Bernhard Rosenkränzer who is the Android Toolchain expert at Linaro shows how Linaro's version of Android 4.0.4 runs about twice as fast as stock Android 4.0.4 on the TI OMAP4430 Powered Pandaboard.
Raspberry Pi expects to have volume devices on the market by the end of the month. That means $25 and $35 (with ethernet) Broadcom ARM11 ARM Powered Desktops are thus just about to be broadly available.
Texas Instruments released this video showing that Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 now already boots fine on the OMAP4430 based $179 Pandaboard which you can buy at http://pandaboard.org. I expect that we might see Desktop-optimized user interfaces and a full Chrome web browser soon, maybe with Android 4.1 or 4.2. As I also think it's important for every ICS smartphone to turn into a "desktop mode" when using the HDMI output and when a keyboard and mouse are detected.
Texas Instruments is launching a $5 ARM Cortex-A8, it's re-optimized for specific tasks, it can go in tablets, but it can also be used in industrial and medical applications, and certain custom uses, where this can be thought of a high-end microprocessor yet very low cost, it starts at $5 for ordering 100 thousand units. It's an ARM Cortex-A8 performance for industrial applications at the cost and power usage of ARM9 Microprocessor. TI's Beagleboard.org community is launching the new $89 BeagleBone to develop on this platform. Watch this 20-minute presentation of this project by TI's Jakob Alamat, director of marketing for TI's ARM Microprocessor Sitara platform:
- New $89 Open-source Hardware Runs Full Linux OS (pcworld.com)
- TI offers ARM Cortex-A8 processor for $5 (electronista.com)
- $89 dev board includes Cortex-A8 CPU, Ethernet, JTAG (linuxfordevices.com)
- $5 Cortex-A8 SoC aims to take on ARM9 in the embedded market (linuxfordevices.com)
- Beaglebone: new version of BeagleBoard (beagleboard.org)
ST is the current leader in ARM Cortex-M series shipments, those microprocessors go into everything.
ARM Cortex-M4 with a DSP in the Freescale K60 Tower Board to demonstrate hardware accelerated Mp3 playback.
They are showing Ubuntu 11.10 running on the Toshiba AC100, and Ubuntu 11.10 Server Edition running on the OMAP4 Pandaboard.
They plan mass production and deliveries by Christmas this year of the $25 ARM Powered PC. It's basically a Broadcom ARM11 based SoC on a PCB with USB host, Ethernet, SD Card slot and a HDMI output.