The new PC is a mini-motherboard designed to run basic Internet tasks. The PC is a mini-motherboard without a case, but has the components necessary to make it a functional PC. The price bar for PCs keeps dropping, with chip maker Via on Tuesday announcing a $49 APC computer with a customized version of Google's Android operating system. Read more for video presentation and device configuration.
For its price, Via's APC PC has integrated memory, storage, and four USB 2.0 ports so that a keyboard, mouse and external storage can be attached. The PC also has VGA and HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) ports) to attach TVs or monitors.
The PC has a WonderMedia ARM processor-based ARM11 design, which is older than ARM Cortex processors. Via offers mini-motherboards based on x86 and ARM, and many tablets under $200 are available based on the ARM11 design running Android 2.3, code-named Gingerbread. Via's chips with ARM processors are also used in low-cost tablets.
The APC PC is able to play high-definition movies with the help of video accelerators. The PC fits into any standard Mini-ITX chassis and draws only four watts of power at idle mode and 13.5 watts at maximum mode. That is significantly lower than a standard PC, Via said in a statement.
The PC comes with 2GB of flash storage and 512 DDR3 RAM. It also has a 15-watt power supply.