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ACEMAX G9C TV Box is Powered by Amlogic S905 64-bit ARM Processor

June 6th, 2015 14 comments

We’ve learned that Amlogic was working on S905 and S912 64-bit ARM processors a little while ago, and one of the first product to market featuring Amlogic S905 processor could be Acemax G9C.

Acemax_G9CACEMAX G9C specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with  penta-vore Mali-450MP GPU up to 750MHz+
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash (Bigger Memory Optional) + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0, AV
  • Video Codecs – 1080p/4k2k H.264, H.265, HD AVC/VC-1, HD MPEG1/2/4, RM/RMVB, Xvid/DivX 3/4/5/6, RealVideo 8/9/10
  • Audio – HDMI, AV, coaxial S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi @ 2.4GHz
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Power Supply –  DC 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 125 x 120 x 20 mm

The box is said to run Android 5.0.

That’s about all we know about the box right now, as availability and pricing are not available, but since Amlogic S905’s mass production was scheduled in Q2 2015, it should not be that far away, even though S905 Android TV boxes are yet to be listed on Alibaba or Aliexpress.

Thanks to Harley for the tip.

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Dell Inspiron Micro Desktop with Intel Celeron J1800 or Pentium J2900 Starts at $180

June 1st, 2015 8 comments

We’ve already seen Chinese mini PCs based on Intel Bay Trail-D processors for less than $200, even with a 500 GB HDD as found in VX2 mini PC, but if you’d like to buy from a more established brand, Dell has launched two models of Inspiron 3050 Micro Desktop with Intel Celeron J1800 (dual core) and Pentium J2900 (quad core) selling respectively for $179.99 and $229.99 direct from Dell US, and they also have built-in Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac that you may not always find in the cheaper Chinese models.

Dell_Inspiron_3050_Micro_DesktopBeside the different processors, but models share the same specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron J800 dual core processor @ up to 2.58GHz with Intel HD graphics
    • Intel Pentium J2900 quad core processor @ up to 2.67 with Intel HD graphics
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L @ 1600MHz (SO-DIMM slot, up to 8GB supported)
  • Storage – 32GB SSD, SATA 3Gbps (up to 500GB),  3-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • Video Output – DisplayPort and HDMI
  • Audio I/O – Headset port (Combo Jack)
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 1×1
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 hot ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Misc – Power button,  security cable slot
  • Power Supply – 19.50V/2.31A
  • Dimensions – 131 x 131 x 52.50 mm
  • Weight – ~ 590 grams

Dell_Inspiron_3050_Rear_PanelThe systems run “Windows 8.1 Bing 3.0 Desktop 64-Bit English”, and there’s no option for no OS or other operating systems. Based in the user’s manual, the mini PCs are not fanless, since it explains how to remove and/or replace the fan.

Dell also offers the mini PC with a keyboard, or a full system with a 23.8″ display on their product page.

Not directly related to the post above, but I’ve been informed than ECS LIVA mini PC (Intel N2807) with 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC currently sells for just $100 on Newegg.

Thanks to Dirk and CSilie for the tip.

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Intel Introduces Braswell NUCs with Celeron N3050 and Pentium N3700 Processors

May 26th, 2015 11 comments

Intel has already announced several Braswell processors as successors for Bay Trail-M processor with 4 to 6W TDP and 14nm manufacturing process. Two of these, namely Intel Celeron N3050 (dual core) and Pentium 3700 (quad core), have fund their way into the latest Intel NUCs that are currently listed for $140 and $180 in the US with the official release date fixed on June 8.

Intel_NUC_Braswell

The dual core version is called NUC5CPYH, while the quad core is NUC5PPYH. Both share the following specs:

  • Processor
    • Intel Celeron N3050 dual core processor @ up to 2.16 GHz with 2MB cache, Intel HD Graphics @ 600 MHz max, 6W TDP
    • Intel Pentium N3700 quad core processor @ up to 2.4 GHz with 2MB cache, Intel HD Graphics @ 700 MHZ max, 6W TDP
  • Memory – 1x DDR3L SODIMM 1.35V, 1333/1600 MHz up to 8GB maximum
  • Storage – 1x SATA @ 6.0 Gbps for 2.5¨ HDD or SSD up to 9.5mm thick, 1x SDXC slot
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI 1.4b, 1x optional VGA port
  • Audio I/O – HDMI audio, 3.5mm jack for microphone/headphone, and mini optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port (Realtel 8111HN), Dual band Wireless-AC 3165 module installed in M.2 slot supporting 802.11ac up to 433Mbps, 1×1 WiFi, and dual mode Bluetooth 4.0.
  • USB – 2 x USB 3.0 port on the front panel (including an Orange one that is charging capable), 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel, 2x USB 2.0 internal ports with one reserved for M.2 module.
  • Misc – Front panel consumer IR sensor, Kensington lock support, power button, LEDs, RTC + battery
  • Power Supply – 19V
  • Dimensions – 101.6mm x 101.6mm

Intel_NUC_Celeron_N3050The mini PC comes with a fan, so if you are looking for a fanless system, you’ll need to find something else. Intel NUC do not come with memory and storage, so you’d probably need to add around $100 to the prices listed above to get a fully working system. Benchmark results don’t seem to be available for these recent Braswell processors.

Via Liliputing and FanlessTech

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MeLE PCG01 is a Windows 8.1 TV Stick with External WiFi Antenna, Optimized Thermal Design

May 24th, 2015 No comments

MeLE has released their own Intel Atom Z3735F HDMI TV Stick running Windows 8.1. MeLE PCG01 looks very much like MeegoPad T01, but the company claims to be the first to include an external Wi-Fi antenna, and they’ve worked on improving power dissipation.

MeLE_PCG01

MeLE PCG01 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F  “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics Gen 7 (2W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L-1333
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC (Class 5 up to 90MB/s) + micro SD slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi up to 300 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0 with external antenna
  • USB – 2x micro USB port (including one for power only), 1x USB host port
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port.
  • Dimensions – 102 x 49 x 11.5mm
  • Weight – N/A

The mini PC runs Windows 8.1 with Bing NTE properly licensed and activated.

MeLE PCG01 Temperature Test Report (Click to Enlarge)

MeLE PCG01 Temperature Test Report (Click to Enlarge)

Thermal dissipation is achieved with a copper heatsink on the CPU, heat-conductive silicon rubber, and heat-insulative stickers on key components that should allow 24/7 operation, and the company released a “temperature rise test report” showing temperature is under control even after 13 hours of playing a high bitrate 1080p video.

MeLE PCG01 will eventually sell for $169, but pre-orders are $139 on Amazon US or Aliexpress.

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Eny EKB368 TV Box with Rockchip RK3368 Runs Android 5.1

May 22nd, 2015 28 comments

We’ve had a first glimpse at RK3368 Android TV Boxes when Rockchip showcased X6 TV box during one of their events. However, that box was targeting the Chinese market only, but Eny Technology informed me they are about to launch EKB368 TV box destined to overseas markets.
EKB368_Rear_Panel
Eny EKB368 specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3368 octa core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz with PowerVR G6110 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 1.x/2.0/3.x, OpenGL 3.2, DirectX 9.3, OpenCL 1.2 EP, and Renderscript
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3 (Option: 1GB)
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash (Options: 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB) + micro SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz
  • Audio Output – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6335 by default)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A

EKB368Remember that although RK3368 has eight 64-bit ARM cores, these are “LITTLE” Cortex A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz instead of the faster Cortex A17 cores @ 1.8GHz used in RK3288, meaning RK3368 product performance should be lower RK3288, but obviously from a marketing point of view “64-bit octa core ARM processor” looks great. Eny is normally not using eMMC flash in their product, but slower NAND flash instead, so you cannot expect very fast boot time or apps loading times. However, network connectivity is pretty good on paper with Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac, HDMI 2.0 is supported, and Android 5.1 should also offer a performance boost compared to Android 4.4 used in RK3288 mini PCs.

Pricing is not public yet, but the box should start selling next month. To get a rough idea of the price, Gabe found out CSA90 TV box also powered by RK3368, but with only 1GB RAM, sells for $76.99 including shipping by EMS, so at least pricing of RK3368 mini PCs should be fairly competitive.

You can also visit Eny’s EBK368 product page.

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Artway W8 Plus is a $100 Mini PC with HDMI and DisplayPort

May 16th, 2015 4 comments

Most mini PCs with Intel Atom Z3735F only come with HDMI output, while a few others feature both HDMI and VGA like MeLE PCG03, but if you need a cheap mini PC with both HDMI and DisplayPort as found in Intel NUC, Artway W8 Plus is worth a look especially since it sells for just $99 on Aliexpress.

W8_PlusW8 Plus specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC  (16, 64 or 128GB optional) + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b, and DisplayPort
  • Audio I/F – HDMI, audio out and mic in jacks
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (RTL8723BS or AP6330), and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host
  • Misc – Power Button, RTC
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 107 x 107 x 25 mm
  • Weight – 200 grams

W8_PLus_HDMI_DisplayPortThe mini PC comes pre-loaded with Windows 8.1 (Which has got to be unlicensed at that price), but you should probably be able to run Linux based operating systems like Ubuntu, especially since there’s now a fix for HDMI audio. The computer supports dual independent displays via HDMI and DisplayPort. W8 Plus ships with an HDMI cable, a user’s manual, and a 5V/2A power adapter. If you plan to connect an external USB hard drive, you may have to replace the latter with a more powerful one (e.g. 5V/3A) to avoid potential stability issues.

Via AndroidPC.es

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MINIX NEO Z64W (Intel Atom Z3735F) mini PC gets HDMI Audio in Ubuntu

May 8th, 2015 4 comments

We’ve been able to run Ubuntu on Intel Atom Z3735F mini PCs, as well as other Linux distributions, for a while, but with an important caveat: HDMI audio would not work, so instead you had to use an external USB sound card to get any audio. Luckily the problem seems solved, as Linuxium has now released a script (audio-wifi-minix-neo-z64-release.sh) and relevant files that will  patch your system to enable HDMI audio, and WiFI on MINIX NEO Z64W running Ubuntu.

Minix_NEO_Z64_Ubuntu_HDI_AudioIan Morrison (Liuxium) compiled a Linux kernel and the Wi-Fi driver, together with a modified DSDT (Differentiated System Description Table) table to fix an ACPI bug. He used John Pemberton’s Bay Trail Audio HDMI patch, as well as help from Paul Kendall for identifying the ACPI DSDT table bug, Bastien Nocera (hadess) for the wifi source code and DroidMote Server / Client for the wifi pointer.  A quick demo shows WiFi and HDMI audio working in Ubuntu.

It works on MINIX NEO Z64W, but I don’t see why it could not easily be adapted to any other Intel Atom Z3700 platform, you’d just need to patch the Linux kernel (3.16) and re-built it.

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MeegoPad T02 HDMI TV Stick Comes with Windows 8.1 (Activated) or Ubuntu

May 6th, 2015 13 comments

MeegoPad T01 was one of the first Intel Atom Bay Trail-T TV sticks, announced and released well before Intel’s own Compute Stick, but it initially sold without a proper Windows 8.1 license, although some sellers would sell with an activated version for $25 to $30 more. The company has launched the second version, MeegoPad T02, with either a properly licensed/validated Windows 8.1 with Bing for $109, or an Ubuntu version (or Windows 8.1 non validated) for $90, both prices including shipping.

MeegoPad_T02MeegoPad T02 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F  “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics Gen 7 (2W TDP)
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 64GB
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4, 1x audio jack
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB host ports, 1x micro USB 2.0 port
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port.
  • Dimensions – 110 x 43 x 9.9mm
  • Weight – 48 grams

MeegoPad_T02_Side

The company listed three main changes compared to MeegoPad T01:
  1. Two full-sized USB ports, instead of just one.
  2. Audio output to connect speakers or headphones
  3. Better Cooling. New housing design using “nanometre material for heat radiation”

T02 should also be slightly larger (4mm extra) compared to T01. The seller for he $90 version mentions “This link is Unbutu OS, or Non-Activated Windows 8.1 OS with Bing,Trail Version.  Based Factory Final Decision.”, so I assume they did not work on an Ubuntu port at all, they may just decide to install Ubuntu or an unlicensed version of Windows 8.1 with Bing as they see fit, but of course I hope I’m proven wrong.

[Update: Gearbest sells MeeGoPad T02 Ubuntu for $79 with coupon GBT02, and MeegoPad T02 Windows for $99 with coupon GBMT02]

Via Mini PCs G+ community and Chinavasion

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