Many low cost Intel mini PCs sold on the market do not include storage and memory, and you have to add them yourself. On the contrary, ECS LIVA desktop computer powered by an Intel Bay Trail-M processor will work out of the box as it comes with 32GB eMMC and 2GB DDR3L, both soldered on board, and will sell for less $200 once it becomes available.
- SoC – Unspecified Intel Bay Trail-M SoC. It should be on of the N2800, N2900 or N3500 series.
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3L
- Storage – 32GB eMMC
- Video Output – 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
- Audio – 2-ch audio combo jack (Realtek ALC282)
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111G)
- IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (AzureWave AW-NB136NF 2)
- USB – 1x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
- Expansion – M.2 interface (NGFF)
- Thermal – 1 Fanless heat sink
- Power – 5V via micro USB. Up to 15W power consumption.
- Dimensions – 118 x 70 x 56mm
- Weight – 190g
The product is sold as a kit, supposed to take less than a minute to assemble, with the motherboard (ECS BAT-MINI), a case, an antenna, a power adapter, and a manual & drivers DVD. It won’t come with a pre-installed operating system, but you’ll be able to install Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 and Ubuntu will become available soon. M.2 is a new type of expansion connector destined to replace mSATA and allow smaller SSDs. M.2 also supports PCI Express 3.0 and USB 3.0. In this computer the M.2 interface is used with a compliant Wi-Fi/BT module.
ECS LIVA mini PC kit is smaller than the latest Intel NUC, once RAM, storage and wireless connectivity are taken into account it should also be cheaper than Intel NUC, and it’s the first Intel based desktop computer that I’ve ever seen powered by a micro USB port. It looks like you may need a 5V/3A power adapter however, so all these 5V/2A USB adapters in your drawers may not cut it.
Via FanlessTech and itmedia.co.jp.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
18 Replies to “ECS LIVA is a Complete Sub $200 mini PC based on Intel Bay Trail-M SoC”
Nice toy! But how is it possible that Lenovo miix-2 or Dell 8 inch tablet on widows may cost about 250$? There you have screen, touch and battery in addition to what you have in this PC.
I think the tablets may be sponsored by Intel. I’d assume they also use Bay Trail-T, instead of Bay Trail-M. I haven’t checked the performance and price difference between the two, but I guess Bay Trail-M is a little faster, a bit more expensive, and consume a little more power.
The BayTrail-T processors go for about $30. The M processors are between $107 – $161 (prices will fluctuate).
Quite a big difference!
Still, in my vision, it is possible (to try) to create an HDMI stick PC z3740 based for quite good money. The motherboard with case may be less 150$.
(Rhetorical question) Why nobody tries to do it?
hmm, not cheaper than Intel NUC model DN2820FYKH ?
Intel NUC DN2820FYKH = ~ $140
2GB SO-DIMM Memory = ~ $10
32GB 2.5 inch SSD = ~ $40
DN2820FYKH model comes with WiFi and BT module.
+ DN2820FYKH have a integrated CIR infrared receiver
So no SATA? :s Any sign of benchmarks for Bay Trail M devices?
Well, SATA is old school stuff, the m.2 (up to x4 PCIe NVMe, not the ACHI SATA nonsense) is the nice low-end version of the modern PCIe SSD tech, the nice mid-/high-end is the x4/x8 Gen 3 NVMe SSD…
SATA is simply too harddrive-specific spec (all that mess with GPT/MBR, blocks and cylinders etc.), there is way too many layers of both hardware, and software, to get modern SLC/MLC/TLC talk to DDR3/4 memory pages, the NVMe cuts all that old cruft off, and especially all embedded (x86/ARM/whatever) really should try to push into using that, it cuts (software) CPU time in fraction from ACHI, and the latencies of the in-flight data is cut in maybe 1/10th of the signal path… And thus naturally cut down energy usage as well.
I think power dissipation may still be an issue. We haven’t seen any Cortex A15 HDMI TV Sticks either…
OK.. I did not really run the numbers. Prices may be very similar then.
@anon OK – but is there a way to connect a <10c/GB old school HD to this? Of not it kind of sucks as a NAS… 🙂
Supply and demand. This is a niche product compared to a tablet.
No one is paying intel $100+ Baytrail CPUs, or if they are, they get huge rebates.
Yeah, for NAS use this thing sucks, even the m.2 is used up by an silly WiFi crud, the only bootable storage is eMMC/USB, and for spinning rust you would need to use it as external USB storage… Sure that works, but ugh, uuuggglllyyy!!!
There are better NAS-like Atom boards (lately those Gigabyte boards have started to become the default to go for), even some ARM-based systems work better as NAS. 🙂
ECS Liva microsite is up: http://www.ecs.com.tw/LIVA/spec.html
You can now get it for $179.99 on Newegg – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856501006
The SoC is N2807.
Hands-on video at Computex 2014
Roadmap for more ECS LIVA mini PCs – http://www.anandtech.com/show/8484/ecs-reveals-liva-product-roadmap