Shuttle Computer Group announced a set of ARM-based players at DSE earlier this year, and now the European wing has gone the next logical step and said they are marketing Android-specific media players.
Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini-PC Barebones, now introduces robust, ARM-based Android PCs.
The DSA2LS is equipped with a Freescale i.MX 6DualLite (i.MX6DL) 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of DDR3 memory. It comes with 4 GB Flash memory already fitted for apps, media and operating system which can be expanded up to 64 GB with a theft-protected SDHC card reader. Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) is pre-installed and prepared for new versions with an integrated update function (online or offline).
Its case is constructed of high-strength steel, measures 14.2 x 19 x 3.5 cm (DWH) and houses an internal 10 W power supply unit. Compared to simple HDMI sticks, the key features of the Android DSA2LS are its robustness and versatile connection options. On the front and back are HDMI, VGA, 4x USB 2.0, Line-OUT, RS-232 and RJ45 ports. Wireless LAN (150 Mbit/s) is provided for data transmission.
The two monitor outputs are each suitable for 1080p screens, arranged horizontally or vertically. When the two ports are being used simultaneously, the system automatically switches to 720p resolution. The graphics unit of the multimedia processor which is driven by two ARM Cortex-A9 cores allows advanced 3D and 2D display as well as the seamless playback of full-HD videos.
Both the serial interface and the cabled network interface with WOL make the DSA2LS a versatile platform for custom solutions in the areas of digital signage, POS, automation, monitoring and thin client/remote access. With the supplied VESA mount and numerous threaded holes on the case, it can be installed at almost any imaginable location – flat, upright or even overhead. The power supply unit is integrated in the case to help keep the installation location tidy. An Always-ON switch can be activated for use in inaccessible environments that starts the machine as soon as it is connected to the power supply.
The units have a recommended retail price of 131 EU, which is roughly $175 USD.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.