VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient computing platforms, today unveiled the $49 APC Android PC system.
Powered by a WonderMedia ARM processor, APC 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. The system also features a custom build of Android that has been optimized for keyboard and mouse input, and comes with a browser and a selection of preinstalled apps.
“APC brings the familiarity and convenience of Android to the PC at a US$49 price point that will open up exciting new markets and applications,” said Richard Brown, VP of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Like a bicycle for your mind, APC will enable more people than ever before to explore the vast online universe.”
APC is based on the new Neo-ITX form factor measuring just 17cm x 8.5cm and can be housed in any standard Mini-ITX or microATX chassis, providing enthusiasts with unrivaled flexibility to create new mods and DIY projects as well as ensuring rapid time to market for system integrators and OEMs utilizing the platform.
APC consumes only 4 watts when operating at idle power and 13.5 watts at maximum load. This is ten times less than a standard PC system and ensures significant power savings in large scale deployments.
APC combines an optimized version of Android with a rich hardware package to deliver the best of the internet to users. With the inclusion of hardware acceleration for the most demanding video formats, the APC delivers stunning HD quality multimedia, either streamed from sites such as YouTube or stored locally and delivers a great gaming experience on a large screen monitor or TV.
Optimized Android OS HD TV support Hardware acceleration of the most demanding video formats VGA and HMDI display ports Four USB 2.0 ports One microSD slot One 10/100 Ethernet port Audio-out/ Mic-in VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC 2GB NAND Flash 512 DDR3 SDRAM 15W power adaptor
VIA shows off $49 APC Android PC
Posted on Wednesday, May 23 2012 @ 22:09 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Hot on the heels of the Raspberry, VIA reveals APC, a Neo-ITX based barebone that will be sold for just $49. The motherboard is compatible with Mini-ITX and Macro-ATX cases, it features a VIA 800MHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 2GB flash memory, integrated graphics (720p), a custom edition of Android 2.3, HDMI, four USB ports, audio in/out, microSD support, Ethernet, and a 15W power adapter. VIA's APC will start shipping in July.