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VIA Launches $49 Rival To Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi has set the standard for what features to expect from an ARM-based, Linux-powered computer and Taiwanese manufacturer, one time Intel challenger, VIA has announced a computer that costs twice the price but also comes with some interesting features.

At $49, the APC (Android PC) costs less than a lunch at a decent restaurant in London and yet includes a VIA Wondermedia ARM11-based processor (the WM8750) which is clocked at 800MHz, 512MB DDR3 RAM, 2GB onboard flash, four USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot, Ethernet port, VGA, HDMI and audio out ports plus a custom built Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

It consumes only 4W when idling and 13W under load. The graphics subsystem used in the chip supports OpenGL ES 2.0 as well as H.264 video encoding and 720p video playback.

The all in one, integrated board - which has adopted the Neo-ITX form factor (that's 170mm x 85mm) - will ship in early July and will be compatible with both mini-ITX and microATX casing.

More details, including details for support and business enquiries, can be found on APC

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