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The new systems are called APC Rock and APC Paper. The hardware spec for both boards is exactly the same except for the fact the Rock ships with a VGA port where as the Paper doesn’t. The Rock also costs $20 less at $79, where as the Paper is $99.



The reason for the price difference is the fact that the Paper ships with a rather novel case where as the Rock is a bare board. The Paper’s case is made from recycled cardboard attached to an aluminum chassis to help with strength , meaning it will keep the dust off the components and make it easier to carry while keeping weight to a minimum.

As for the actual spec of the new boards, they include the following:

Android 4.0
800MHz VIA WonderMedia ARM Cortex-A9
512MB DDR3 RAM
4GB NAND flash
1080p-capable graphics (most likely an ARM Mali-400 GPU)
HDMI, USB 2.0, microUSB, microSD, with VGA available on APC Rock
10/100 Ethernet

The Rock and Paper offer a nice spec bump over the original APC, which shipped with Android 2.3, an ARM 11 processor, only 2GB RAM, and was only 720p capable in the graphics department. It’s just a shame the price had to increase, especially considering it’s been 7 months since the original APC launched.

Both new boards use the Neo-ITX form factor, which means they are compatible with Mini-ITX and MicroATX cases. Even so, that cardboard case does look nice and keeps the board very portable while remaining protected, so might be worth the extra $20.

If you want either an APC Rock or APC Paper they can be ordered through APC.io and are expected to ship in March.

http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/via-unveils-79-rock-and-99-paper-arm-pcs-20130117/
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What's that white thing on the back? Looks like a mPCIe to me. Could that be used for wireless?
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Interesting, I wonder what SFF devices will be cooked up for this platform.
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99 is decent, just kind of a niche product

not sure who they're actually targeting with this

i mean, if i want a media streaming box ill get a roku for the same or cheaper.
    
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I'm curious as to what this would be used for? Web browsing?
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Android 4.0
800MHz VIA WonderMedia ARM Cortex-A9
512MB DDR3 RAM
4GB NAND flash
1080p-capable graphics (most likely an ARM Mali-400 GPU)
HDMI, USB 2.0, microUSB, microSD, with VGA available on APC Rock
10/100 Ethernet



The 4.0 android isn't bad, since you get native flash, but the other specs are shamefully low.
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I just wish someone would come out with something like this except with less video options and more data acquisition and control ports ... like 48 Digital I/O's, 4-6 10-12 bit Analog to Digital Inputs, and 1-2 10-12 bit Digital to Analog converters.
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I just wish someone would come out with something like this except with less video options and more data acquisition and control ports ... like 48 Digital I/O's, 4-6 10-12 bit Analog to Digital Inputs, and 1-2 10-12 bit Digital to Analog converters.

seems like a pretty tall order for something that is pretty niche although i agree that it would be pretty awesome
    
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seems like a pretty tall order for something that is pretty niche although i agree that it would be pretty awesome

I know, I just hate paying $200 for a CPU from companies like Diamond Systems or Tri-M and another $275 to $400 for I/O boards from Diamond, Tri-M, Acess I/O, etc.

Even if these type boards just had a bus that I could easily access other than USB ...

Just a personal rant of mine.
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Make one with 1ghz processor and 1gb of ram and i'll buy one biggrin.gif
    
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