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The APC’s spec includes a VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 processor at its core, 512MB DDR3 RAM, 2GB of on-board flash storage, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a microSD slot, Ethernet port, and both VGA and HDMI display ports. As for power consumption, it tops out at 13 watts under load and 4 watts when idle.
The ARM 11 SoC being used is the WonderMedia WM8750, which runs at 800MHz, supports OpenGL-ES 2.0, and includes H.264 video encoding and 720p video playback. In other words, it’s probably going to function quite well as a cheap media playback machine or as a development board for testing Android apps if you can cope with using the included Android 2.3 OS. That’s sure to be upgradeable, though.
The device is equipped with hardware that can be found inside a mid-range phone. It’s sporting a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB o RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 1080p playback capabilities and more. If the 4GB of storage is a little on the low side, fret not: a microSD card slot is available for expanding storage up to 32GB.
WiFi is included for downloading apps and browsing the web, and it all hooks up to your monitor or TV using an HDMI port (cable not included). It’s an interesting device for $74. If the development community gets their hands on it this could become an inexpensive, yet functional Google TV module. I wouldn’t fully bet on that, of course, but it’s possible.
Whether you’re a serious developer or just an early adopter who wants to play with the Cotton Candy, Cstick.com will allow you to order the device and it has started taking preorders now for a limited March 2012 production run. A single Cotton Candy will cost 189 Euros or $199 in the U.S. As of this writing, the site only shows the European price, but Ljosland told us that the U.S. price should be $199.
$74 MK802 Android micro-PC beats Cotton Candy to the punch
May. 17, 2012 (12:34 pm) By: Lee Mathews
A pair of inexpensive micro-PCs have generated quite a bit of buzz this year. The dirt-cheap Raspberry Pi started shipping in mid-April, but the FXI Cotton Candy has yet to make it out the door. The $200 Android PC-on-a-stick will also have some competition once it finally arrives: a very similar $74 AllWinner A10-based system has already popped up on online shopping sites.
Meet the MK802, which (like the Cotton Candy) features an ARM processor, Android 4.0, and WiFi connectivity. It’s not quite as powerful, with a single-core 1.5GHz AllWinner A10 processor and 512MB memory compared to a dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos chip and 1GB. The MK802 does offer two USB ports — one full-sized and one micro — and it utilizes the same Mali 400 GPU as the Cotton Candy.
One other difference is that the MK802 sports an HDMI port, not an HDMI plug. That means, of course, that you’ll still need a cable or a male-to-male plug to hook up to your HDTV or monitor. Really, though, that’s a reasonable trade-off when you consider that you can buy almost three MK802s for the same price as a single Cotton Candy.
If you do decide to pick up the MK802, remember that you’ll have to rely on your own stash of APKs or a third-party marketplace like the Amazon Appstore, at least initially. With the ridiculously low price tag on this device, it’s a good bet that the Android developer community will jump on this solid little stick computer and hack in support for Google Play in the very near future.
CNX Software , via Liliputing
What SoC are you using?
The SoC is a Broadcom BCM2835. This contains an ARM1176JZFS, with floating point, running at 700Mhz, and a Videocore 4 GPU. The GPU is capable of BluRay quality playback, using H.264 at 40MBits/s. It has a fast 3D core accessed using the supplied OpenGL ES2.0 and OpenVG libraries.
Why did you select the ARM11?
Cost and performance.
How powerful is it?
The GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode.
The GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24 GFLOPs of general purpose compute and features a bunch of texture filtering and DMA infrastructure.
That is, graphics capabilities are roughly equivalent to Xbox 1 level of performance. Overall real world performance is something like a 300MHz Pentium 2, only with much, much swankier graphics.
How much will it cost?
The Model A will cost $25 and the Model B $35, plus local taxes.
What’s the difference between Model A and Model B?
Model A has 128Mb of RAM - Model A has been redesigned to have 256Mb RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet (network connection).
Model B has 256Mb RAM, 2 USB port and an Ethernet port.
What will I get when I buy one?
A Raspberry Pi. Leads, a power supply or SD cards are NOT included but can be purchased at the same time from Farnell and RS. You will be able to buy preloaded SD cards too.
Mean Well USA
Power Supply; AC-DC; 5V@1A; 90-264V In; Enclosed; Wall Plug; USB; Switching; GS Series
Universal AC input: 90-264 VAC, 127-370 VDC, 47-63 Hz.
No load power consumption <0.3W
Meet EISA 2007 (Energy Independence and Security Act)
2 pole USA plug
Class II power (without earth pin)
Protections: Short circuit / Overload / Over voltage / Over temperature
100% full load burn-in test
Fully enclosed plastic case
Low cost, high reliability
NETWORKING, USB AND WIRELESS
Does the device support networking? Is there Wi-Fi?
The Model B version of the device includes 10/100 wired Ethernet. There is no Ethernet on the Model A version (which we expect to be taken up mostly by the education market), but Wi-Fi will be available via a standard USB dongle.
Will there be a WiFi option?
Not in the first version, though you can add a dongle. ARM Linux WiFi support can be a bit patchy; there’s a list of tested dongles on the wiki.
EDIMAX EW-7811Un Wireless Nano Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Data Rates, with 16 languages EZmax setup wizard for easy installation
Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates
WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2, IEEE802.1x, WPS
Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS, Linux
How does it boot?
You have to boot from SD but a USB HD can “take over” after the initial boot. You cannot boot without an SD card.
What operating system (OS) does it use?
We recommend Debian as our default distribution. It’s straightforward to replace the root partition on the SD card with another ARM Linux distro if you want to use something else (there are several available on our downloads page). The OS is stored on the SD card.
SD cards and storage
We have tried cards up to 32GB and most cards seem to work OK. The Wiki has more information about which makes and models work best. You can also attach a USB stick or USB hard drive for storage.
ATP ProMax 2GB SD 2G SD Secure Digital Card (bulk pack) - OEM
The dell can pull between 70 – 120+ Watts, while the raspberry pi can pull 5. Unfortunately, in performance per watt, I think the P4 still comes in first most of the time.
New arrival!!Rikomagic MK802 II Mini Android 4.0 PC Android TV Box A10 Cortex A8 1GB RAM 4G ROM HDMI TF Card [MK802-II]
Price: US $56.00 / piece
US $53.20 / piece (5 pieces or more)
1. Use Allwinner A10/1GHZ Cortex-A8 high speed processor
Core frequency reach 1GHZ,which is the most advanced core.
The comprehensive processing ability , hardware performance close to desktop computer .
Play HD video ,share blog ,share game amusement and Website read to give you the delight fully digital experience .
2. With 3D Graphical processor
3. Use 1GB DDR3 high capacity memory.
4. With WIFI 802.1b/g/n Wireless to get rid of the wire bond
5. Support the latest HTML5 ,Flash10.3 ,etc, network standard.
6.Support Full HD 1080P/2160P.
MK802II provide a USB2.0 HOST high speed data interface, and T-Flash card slot,
You may direct connect with USB device for playback high definition movies.Up to 1080p/2160p.
7. The mass application/games, will bring you best experience.
8. Various extension ports, support connecting wireless mouse, keyboard, can be install more memory cards to extend more capacity.
Improved antenna design,provide more stable WIFI signal.
Hammer_Time wrote:I am guessing somewhere between 2 and a million!!
Q6xhJprn6Xq7 wrote:How many is dependent on total price. Starting budget is circa 1000$, so could buy a new (or used) computer or lappies, OR SOCs.
1000$ / (50$ per SOC) = 20 socs. 20 SOCs at even 1/2 the advertised 700MHz is 3.5GHz.... so about the same as a PC or 2 but I can buy them 1 at a time, and stop at any time. they are small, not big and bulky like a puter, and they look boring to the naked eye (important around kids *sigh*)
Job for Ron... lateR on... yeah my kids dont laugh at that either.
1000$ / (50$ per SOC) = 20 socs. 20 SOCs at even 1/2 the advertised 700MHz is 3.5GHz....
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