Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Utilite Compact ARM PC for $99

Picture a PC... most likely you'll be thinking of a big, black, power hungry and noisy box that most people no longer are willing to keep close by. But things don't have to be like that. ARM CPUs although mostly used hidden inside mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, have been improving by leaps ans bounds in the past years, and are now more than capable of acting as "desktop CPUs". The thing is, most compact ARM devices don't have enough space (nor the interfaces) to plug in a SSD drive and/or more RAM.

This Utilite however, has all that and more. It comes with a single/dual/quad ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, can have up to 4GB of speedy DDR3 RAM, a mSATA SSD, WiFi n and BT 3.0 (with a plug for external antenna), HDMI and DVI (both capable of driving up to 1920x1200 screen), 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, one USB OTG, analog and digital audio out, microSD slot, and even two micro serial ports!

Looks like there's nothing they didn't think of, and as expected you get also full hardware accelerated video decoding for Full HD 1080p H.264, VC1, RV10 and DivX.

Best of all, it can be yours starting at just $99, and considering it uses just 3-8W of power, I can imagine a lot of places where it might be put to good use.

[via fanlesstech]

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