Announcements are coming out all the time about increasingly small PCs – the smallest, of course, being those teeny Raspberry Pi units from the UK.
But the flip side of those research lab efforts are major companies producing diminutive but powerful boxes.
Engadget has a tech blogger at the big Computex trade show in Taiwan this week and has posted about a new product from chipmaker AMD, called the LiveBox. I couldn’t find any official press on the gadget, so let’s go with what Engadget reports:
- It’s tiny (see pic from Engadget).
- It runs one of AMD’s X86-based Fusion chips, a 1GHz C-60 chip with 1GB of RAM, Radeon HD 6200 graphics and a solid state drive for storage. Engadget says it was playing smooth 1080P HD video.
- It has a built-in power plug so you can plug it directly into a wall outlet (no cord).
- It has all kinds of ports, and perhaps the interesting one is a SIM card slot for quad-band 3G.
No word on price.
Meanwhile, much closer to home, Seneca Data in upstate New York has introduced the HD1.3 media player for digital signage deployments, a 1.3” tall little guy that supports dual independent displays. It is designed particularly for things like QSR, which needs small and fanless and reliable. The units run on Intel Core i3 and i5, and even Pentium (which is not something you read much anymore).
Seneca has a booth at InfoComm next week and there’s be a decent chance someone will have the AMD unit, though AMD is not there directly.