9 itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie computers
No, they're not bikinis, but just as exciting
By Howard Wen | Network World US | Published: 17:35, 23 July 2012
There’s a 'tiny' revolution unfolding in the personal computer industry led by the Raspberry Pi, which has become so popular that it’s difficult to buy one right now. The idea of small computers is being driven by hardware hackers and hobbyists. Here are eight products, and a project in development, that are leading the effort to make PCs small enough to slip into your pocket.
Product: Mele A1000
At £45 ($70), the base model of the A1000 costs twice as much as a Raspberry Pi, but it comes with a faster processor (1 GHz Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8), and connector slot for a SATA drive. This 6.89 by 4.33 by 1.85-inch (17.5 by 11.0 by 4.7 cm) box is designed to be used as a media center, because it also features composite video and audio, HDMI and VGA ports. In fact, there’s a $100 model that runs Android 2.3 and is primarily sold in the Chinese market for this purpose. But the A1000 is basically a tiny computer, and an open source community has been working with the Chinese company to encourage development for it.