You may know that Rockchip and Intel have a partnership to design Atom Sofia processors, but Giayee Atom PC has nothing to do with this initiative at all, and it’s just a pretty standard Rocchip RK3288 based mini PC, except it includes a VGA port, and various “placement” options namely horizontal position, vertical position, and TV/monitor mount.
- SoC – Rockchip RK3288 Quad Core Cortex A17 up to 1.8GHz with ARM Mali-T764 GPU supporting OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0, Open VG1.1, OpenCL, DirectX11
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 8 GB NAND flash (16 to 32 GB optional)
- Video Output- HDMI up to 1080p (no 4K?), and VGA up to 1920×1080 @ 60 Hz
- Audio Output / Input – HDMI, 3.5 mm jacks for Audio In and Out
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Options: Dual band Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth
- USB – 4x USB Host ports, 1x micro USB host port
- Other Optional Functions – Camera, LCD, 3G, UART, LVDS, MIPI…
- Misc – Power button
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Power Consumption – > 7 Watts
The specifications are rather underwhelming, and it’s probably only interesting if you need VGA output, and/or microphone input, and TV / monitor mount (is that VESA mount?, not sure…) combined with the power for RK3288 processors. Optional features such as GPS, NFC, MIPI could make it interesting, and it looks like an RTC battery slot might even be available, but none of these are available in perks listed in the crowdfunding campaign. Some of the specifications are probably wrong, as I hope they us an eMMC flash, instead of a slower NAND flash in their system, and HDMI should support up to 4K30. Android 4.2.2 and Ubuntu 12.04.5 operating are said to be supported. I can’t even remember ever seeing Android 4.2 running in any RK3288 device, so most probably they’ll provide Android 4.4 (and maybe Android 5.0) together with Ubuntu 14.04 or greater.
The company has launched the project on Indiegogo, and expects to raised a lowly $10,000, but if they’ve spent as many efforts and attention to detail on product development as they’ve spent on their campaign page, it does not inspire confidence. Pricing is not exactly aggressive either, as the early bird pledge starts at $119 with a 5V/3A power adapter, a base for vertical orientation, and including shipping by DHL to anywhere in the world, with delivery scheduled for March 2015.
You can check the Android and Ubuntu demo below.
Thanks to Nanik for the tip.