Monday, July 21, 2008
Tiny $249 desktop PC
The CherryPal™ C100 desktop is about the size of a paperback book, but according to the manufacturer it has the performance you would expect from a full-size desktop computer. Freescale's fast triple-core mobileGT processor delivers exceptional multimedia performance and feature-rich user interfaces, while only consuming as much power as a clock radio. CherryPal uses 80 percent fewer components than a traditional PC, and because it has no moving parts, it operates without making a sound and the manufacturer says it will last 10 years or more.
CherryPal comes pre-installed with the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, iTunes, a CherryPal media player that supports all common file formats, and a CherryPal instant messenger that supports all common IM programs. More programs will be added on an on-going basis.
The CherryPal desktop does not provide a CD or DVD drive, but you can play streaming media over the Internet, or connect an external drive. CherryPal also supports external hard drives and other devices such as USB drives. Any mouse or keyboard that has a USB connector will work with the CherryPal. If you want to use a PS/2 mouse or keyboard, you will need a PS/2-to-USB adapter. Any VGA monitor will work.
CherryPal was founded by German-born tech entrepreneur Max Seybold in 2007. Seybold envisioned a new computer that would be affordable and would not suffer from the viruses and constant hardware maintenance that plague traditional PCs. His idea was to develop a low-cost, energy-efficient, easy-to-use computer that takes advantage of existing web 2.0 technology. CherryPal formed a partnership with chip manufacturer Freescale Semiconductors and rethought what was needed to create a high-performance computing environment. By starting from the ground up, they were able to strip out the inefficiencies associated with traditional PCs to produce Seybold’s dream of a small, fast, affordable and energy-efficient computer.
Freescale’s MPC5121e mobileGT processor, 800 MIPS (400 MHz) of processing
256 MB of DDR2 DRAM
4GB NAND Flash-based solid state drive
WiFi 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
Two USB 2.0 ports
One 10/100 Ethernet with RJ-45 jack
One VGA DB-15 display out jack
Headphone level stereo audio out 3.5mm jack
9vDC 2.5mm 10 watt AC-DC adapter power supply
Weighs 10 ounces
1.3” high, 5.8” x 4.2” wide
This is a preview, not a review.
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