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.
Taiwanese PC motherboard maker VIA is set to release this tiny computer which, like the Raspberry Pi, does not come encased in a housing. The APC is actually meant to be put into standard computer cases, but its board measures just 6.7 by 3.3 inches (17 by 8.38 cm). Like a standard desktop motherboard, it comes packed with a bunch of ports: audio jacks (headphone and microphone), Ethernet, USB (four of them), microSD card slot, video (HDMI and VGA). It runs on an 800 MHz ARM11 processor, with 512MB RAM and 2GB of flash memory. The APC will be released this month, and VIA is taking pre-orders now.