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The CuBox Pro: for $160, a tiny, open PC with 2GB of RAM

Ubuntu Linux comes preinstalled, but the device also supports Debian and Android, among others.

One of the most striking tech trends of 2012 was the invasion of the tiny, inexpensive Linux PCs including the Raspberry Pi, the Cotton Candy, and increasingly innumerable others.

I fully expect this trend to continue throughout 2013, as I've said before, and this week we got some fresh tangible evidence suggesting that it will.

Specifically, Israel-based SolidRun on Thursday unveiled yet another tiny entry: the CuBox Pro, a diminutive device it calls the world's first ARM-based open source platform packed with a full 2GB of DDR3 memory.

Just 3 watts of power

Priced at $160, the CuBox Pro is actually a higher-spec version of the company's existing CuBox, a 2-by-2-by-2-inch PC SolidRun currently sells for $140 with 1GB of RAM.

Now, the Pro version packs twice the memory into a tiny box of the same size, still featuring low power consumption and weighing just 3.2 oz.

The fanless miniature computer is based on a Marvell Armada 510 SoC and includes an infrared receiver, gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a micro-SD slot. The 800MHz dual issue ARM PJ4 processor uses the latest 32-bit ARMv7 architecture and instruction set, SolidRun says.

Capable of 1080p full HD output over HDMI, the device uses just 3 watts of power. It's particularly suitable for use as a home media center, thin client, XBMC console, or even a simple, tiny desktop replacement machine, the company notes.

Ubuntu preinstalled

The CuBox Pro supports Linux-based distributions including Ubuntu, Debian, GeeXbox, and openelec.tv as well as Android.

Also with this new release, SolidRun introduces a new all-plastic housing for both the CuBox and CuBox Pro featuring a combination of high-polish and matte finishes.

Due to ship by the end of this month, the CuBox Pro comes with a 4GB microSD and Ubuntu preinstalled. Interested? You can now preorder the diminutive device on the SolidRun site.


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