Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2013 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cardboard, APC, ice cream sandwich, arm, Cortex A9, VIA
APC has released a version of their Rock PC called the Paper which comes in a recycled cardboard case which resembles a hard cover book. Powered by a Cortex A9 based Via Wondermedia chip running at 800MHz, 512GB of RAM and 4GB of NAND storage and sporting a pair of USB ports, ethernet and HDMI this Ice Cream Sandwich system is great for browsing the web. At an MSRP of $100 it is an interesting device, almost as expensive as a tablet but in a very different form factor, if it could be convinced to act as an HTPC you could hide it in your bookshelf and only the wiring would give it away as anything but another book. Check out more at The Inquirer.
"TAIWANESE TECHNOLOGY FIRM APC has shown off a PC that comes in a book-like cardboard case.
The firm calls its under $100 PC Paper, because it comes with a cardboard case that looks like a book. Inside Paper is the firm's redesigned Rock board. Both run Android and both are designed for mouse and keyboard inputs."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Applied Micro ARM servers all over Open Compute Project @ The Register
- AMD+friends forge 'Roadrunner' Open Compute server mobo @ The Register
- Lenovo reportedly to directly procure PCBs @ DigiTimes
- New Phishing Toolkit Uses Whitelisting To 'Bounce' Non-Victims @ Slashdot
- Apple's 10-Year Run: where they succeeded and others were too lazy to innovate @ Techspot
- CES 2013: OCZ Shows Off Epic Storage Z-Drive R4 @ FunkyKit
- TechwareLabs CES 2013 Coverage: Kopi
- CES 2013 Coverage Day 1: LG, Qualcomm, Samsung, NVIDIA, Intel, and Corsair @ Hi Tech Legion
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Systems | May 22, 2012 - 05:22 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: VIA, htpc, APC
VIA tops Gingerbread with a banana for some reason. They also unveil a $49 system powered by Android 2.3 which has been customized for mouse and keyboard support. The system draws between 4 and 13.5 watts (idle and load respectively) and can be mounted into any standard Mini-ITX or microATX chassis as well as chassis for the new Neo-ITX standard.
I guess VIA wants to be more than just Android-in-law to HTC.
It seems as though the low powered computing market is continuing to be eaten by ARM with devices such as VIA’s just announced APC Android PC. The APC seems to be aimed at the home theatre and enthusiast markets. VIA also hopes that the low price point will introduce more people to computing.
Apparently VIA prefers bananas to Apples.
The APC is powered by an 800MHz VIA ARM11 system-on-a-chip with 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. 2GB of flash memory is embedded on the device which can be expanded by a microSD card slot. It may also be possible to install extra memory through one of the four USB2.0 ports on the device although that is not explicitly stated in the press release. Display output will be limited to 720p. Power usage will vary between 4 and 13.5 watts depending on load.
VIA is also promoting the device for its Neo-ITX form factor. The APC is 17cm x 8.5cm in dimensions -- which is just under 6 3/4” by 3 3/8” for you non-Metrics -- and can mount in Mini-ITX or microATX cases. It apparently is also smaller than a banana.
The APC is expected to ship this July for $49.