After the announcing of the Raspberry Pi mini-pc some companies rolled up their sleeves and got busy making their own mini-pcs’. One of them is VIA that is going to rival this Raspberry Pi with their newest and smallest PC. They announced it few days ago and it already has created a bigger fuss than the Raspberry Pi. It is a APC 8950 board that is a complete board with a processor, onboard memory and all the necessary I/O ports that will work on Android and costs only $50.
This APC will be small enough to fit into any micro-ATX or mini-ATX casing, even though it’s made in a new type of ATX called “Neo-ATX” with measurements of 17 cm by 8.5 cm. The Android version that it’s using is a 2.3 Gingerbread and it will be optimized for usage with a keyboard and mouse. This mini-PC will support up to four USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, micro SD card slot, Ethernet and audio/microphone connections that will suffice for all of the users interfacing needs.
On the hardware side the APC holds a VIA processor that works on 800MHZ, 512MB of DDR3 RAM combined with 2GB of NAND flash memory. This little system can push out up to 720p graphic when using its HDMI port. When you combine that with its Ethernet connectivity can make the APC a little system that can be used for multimedia, especially if you are a user of online streaming using Netflix, or some other internet streaming page. If you combine this quality with its minimal price of $50, it is a great opportunity for everyone that is a HTPC enthusiast that is on a small budget. The only bad thing when comparing it with the Raspberry Pi is that it can push out a full 1080p video and it has its own power supply, which is lacking in the APC 8750.
Via claims that this little system uses only 4W on idle and maximum 13.5W when it’s under maximum load.