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Mele PCG03 Intel Quad Core mini PC Sells for $49 and Up (Factory Price)

Mele is currently showcasing a mini PC powered by Intel Atom Z3735D quad core processor at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, and the company has started taking OEM orders for $49 (MOQ 1000) for the barebone model without memory.

Mele_PCG03

Mele PCG03 Specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735D “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics
  • System Memory – Optional 1 or 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage – Optional 16, 32, or 64 GB eMMC + micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4, VGA and Composite (RCA),
  • Audio I/F – HDMI, Stereo RCA, optical S/PDIF, and MIC and earphone jack.
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host
  • Power Supply – N/A
    Mele_PCG03_Rear_Panel

The box will run either Windows 8.1 or Android. I’m a little confused to what “barebone” means for this type of mini PC because the DDR3 and eMMC chips are most probably soldered to the board, so a barebone model would simply be unusable. Or maybe my assumption is wrong, and you can insert SO-DIMM modules. On the video & audio front, Mele claims it can handle 4K UHD / 1080p videos and Live TV, VOD, XBMC, YouTube, Netflix… apps, as well as Dolby Digital and DTS.

Via Cngadget

  1. October 13th, 2014 at 21:54 | #1

    This one will run openelec just fine 🙂 , thank you for sharing Jean-Luc

  2. adem
    October 13th, 2014 at 22:42 | #2

    Status Launched
    Launch Date Q1’14
    Processor Number Z3735D
    # of Cores 4
    # of Threads 4
    Clock Speed 1.33 GHz
    Burst Frequency 1.83 GHz
    L2 Cache 2 MB
    Instruction Set 64-bit
    Embedded Options Available No
    Lithography 22 nm
    Scenario Design Power (SDP) 2.2 W
    Recommended Customer Price N/A
    Datasheet Link
    Conflict Free Yes
    -Memory Specifications
    Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 2 GB
    Memory Types DDR3L-RS-1333
    # of Memory Channels 1
    Max Memory Bandwidth 10.6 GB/s
    -Graphics Specifications
    Processor Graphics ‡ Intel® HD Graphics
    Graphics Base Frequency 311 MHz
    Graphics Burst Frequency 646 MHz
    -Package Specifications
    Package Size 17mm x 17mm
    Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS
    -Advanced Technologies
    Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) ‡ Yes
    Intel® 64 ‡ Yes

  3. Harley
    October 13th, 2014 at 23:14 | #3

    Are these the new Intel Atom SoCs manufactured by Rockchip?

    Barebone must mean a SO-DIMM module slot, just as Mini-ITX PCs.

    Does it come with IR-receiver and/or a optional remote control?

  4. Indy
    October 13th, 2014 at 23:15 | #4

    Could it be possible to install Win 8 on SD Card?

  5. CSylvain
    October 14th, 2014 at 01:38 | #5

    Thank you for this wonderful news !
    Finally very interesting prices for boxes Bay Trail, Mele did a very good gesture on price.
    Strongly the test with reading several video formats !

  6. October 14th, 2014 at 07:31 | #6

    No sata… No USB 3.0 … No gigabit LAN…

  7. onebir
    October 14th, 2014 at 11:28 | #7

    @Leo And aren’t these the Intel processors with a dodgy bootloader that makes installing Linux difficult?

  8. nimeq
    October 14th, 2014 at 15:29 | #8

    @onebir

    I have a Onda V975w, which has a Z3735D. The bootloader is a standard UEFI x32 with the classic bios style configuration. I have gotten it to boot linux, but:
    1. The storage subsystem has issues (Gives out errors, I can’t remember if I was able to mount it)
    2. UEFI x32… practically noone makes images for UEFI x32, but I found a copy of grub from some fedora image that works as I was too lazy to build it.
    3. There’s a odd timing issue, which causes keyboard input (OTG+Hub) to go through different repeat rates in steps.
    4. The network chip is some obscure SDIO setup from realtek.
    5. Haven’t checked the rest.

    I haven’t realy spent that much time on fiddling with it, but I’ll probably try again when 3.18 rc’s come out. YMMV when trying out linux on these things.

  9. October 14th, 2014 at 16:58 | #9

    @Harley
    Intel SoC developed by Rockchip are of the “Sofia” family, and are mainly designed for smartphones and tablets, as they include 3G and LTE support.

  10. onebir
    October 14th, 2014 at 17:04 | #10

    @nimeq Ta – sounds just as problematic as ARM linux. Not for me!

  11. October 14th, 2014 at 17:46 | #11
  12. dhead666
    October 14th, 2014 at 23:09 | #12

    nimeq :
    @onebir
    I have a Onda V975w, which has a Z3735D. The bootloader is a standard UEFI x32 with the classic bios style configuration. I have gotten it to boot linux, but:
    1. The storage subsystem has issues (Gives out errors, I can’t remember if I was able to mount it)
    2. UEFI x32… practically noone makes images for UEFI x32, but I found a copy of grub from some fedora image that works as I was too lazy to build it.
    3. There’s a odd timing issue, which causes keyboard input (OTG+Hub) to go through different repeat rates in steps.
    4. The network chip is some obscure SDIO setup from realtek.
    5. Haven’t checked the rest.
    I haven’t realy spent that much time on fiddling with it, but I’ll probably try again when 3.18 rc’s come out. YMMV when trying out linux on these things.

    1. Yep, it’s well known bug with eMMC, I’m guessing it probably will be resolved.
    2. Send a Bay-Trail tablet to a developer of your favorite distro and you’ll probably see such installation image.
    4. Obscure ??? it’s RTL8723BS which seems to be popular with such tablets as the Voyo devices, there is a report that it works with the RTL8723BS driver from https://github.com/hadess/rtl8723as , and there’s also a driver released by Amlogic but you’ll need to work a bit to get it compiled.

  13. dhead666
    October 14th, 2014 at 23:10 | #13

    @dhead666
    4. I meant the RTL8723AS driver from the github repo

  14. October 15th, 2014 at 10:22 | #14

    @onebir
    Liliputing has loaded Ubuntu on a Zotac mini PC (also Bay Trail-T), and it runs, but at least Wi-Fi is not working. http://liliputing.com/2014/10/run-ubuntu-zotac-zbox-pico-mini-pc-kinda.html

  15. onebir
    October 15th, 2014 at 12:25 | #15

    @cnxsoft Oooh – that’s great. Someone will iron out the problems I’m sure 🙂

  16. October 15th, 2014 at 16:40 | #16

    Mele contacted me: “Mass production of PCG03 will be on end of November, shipping will be on December. “

  17. fossxplorer
    October 20th, 2014 at 00:13 | #17

    Too bad it’s not based on the new Core M based on Broadwell die. They are supposed to run fanless and perform much better than this Atom Z3735D

  18. October 20th, 2014 at 09:07 | #18

    @fossxplorer
    A Core M mini PC would be nice, but the price would be over $300.

  19. January 20th, 2015 at 19:52 | #19
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