Linux mini PC for $ 45

    SolidRun has updated its line of miniature CuBox computers, delivered more powerful hardware and reduced prices. Instead of the two previous models for $ 120 and $ 160, four CuBox-i models are presented at a price of $ 45. All are capable of decoding 1080p video and consume less than 3 watts.

    The CuBox-i case remains the same: it is a cube with a side of 5 cm (like a matchbox). Depending on the model, the cube is equipped with HDMI, S / PDIF, IR, eSATA, GbE, USB, WiFi and Bluetooth. It also runs Android 4.2.2, and various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Debian, and others. Pre-orders for November have already begun.

    Instead of the previous Marvell Armada 510 SoC platform, the new CuBox-i is based on Freescale i.MX6 SoCwhich natively supports gigabit Ethernet.

    Four models are very different from each other in terms of characteristics. The cheapest CuBox-i1 for $ 45 is equipped with a single-core i.MX6 Solo processor, GC880 GPU and 512MB DDR3 RAM. There is 10/100 Ethernet, an HDMI port, an SPDIF output and an IR receiver, two USB 2.0 ports. WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are not included.

    Characteristics and cost of other models, see the table.

    PCs are positioned as a development platform. It is assumed that users themselves will come up with a scope for it: it can be a thin client, NAS, VPN server, XBMC-based media set-top box, desktop replacement, portable presentation device, etc.

    In the video - FullHD video playback in an XBMC player on CuBox, with energy monitoring.

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