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Cube computers come back with $US50 Android-or-Linux box

Eight cubic inch device is no Mac but could take bite from RPi sales

Apple Power Mac G4 Cube

The Raspberry Pi revolution continues, with SolidRun joining the "very small computers for very small sums of money" movement with a bunch of community-supported versions of its CuBox-i miniature computers.

Prices start at $US45 for a single-core Freescale Cortex A9 i.MX6-based unit running at up to 1.2 GHz, through to a quad-core version at $US119.99.

The Linux and Android (Jelly Bean)-based devices maintain the two-by-two-by-two (inches) footprint and 3W power consumption of the CuBox range, even while streaming 1080p video (the company says, anyhow).

OpenGL/ES 2.0 3D and video acceleration are standard – the two low-end models use a GC800 GPU, while at the top of the range there's GFC2000 GPUs and support for OpenCL 1.1E as well as OpenGL.

Other specs include Ethernet (10/100 Mbps at entry level, and 1000 Mbps at the upper end), 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth (both optional at entry level), a MicroSD interface for OS storage, and between 512 MB and 2 GB memory. The top-end units also add eSata at 3 Gbps.

The units run the ARMv7 instruction set (with NEON extension support) and SolidRun says a large number of open source software projects either have been or “will soon be” ported to the environment.

The CuBox-i range is pitched as the replacement for the existing Marvell Armada 510-based system. ®

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