Raspberry Pi can be rightfully credited with having popularized the notion of tiny, bare-bones computers which are affordable. Following the footsteps, an Israeli vendor named CompuLab has created a new computer – Utilite – which is the same size as 100 index cards stacked together. The nifty computer costs a mere $99.
To be exact, the dimensions of Utilite are 5.3 inches x 3.9 inches x 0.8 inches. Although the computer appears very small, it packs a powerful Freescale i.MX6 SoC together with an ARM Cortex A9 processor. The processor comes in variations of one, two or four cores.
Moreover, Utilite can pack up to 4GB of RAM and 512GB hard drive, which can be extended further by up to 128GB, thanks to the microSD card slot.
CompuLab hasn’t released the details of many different versions of Utilite. However, we do know that the model which comes with minimum specifications costs $99. The operating system that will run atop the hardware is either going to be Linux or Android.
The sheer amount of functionality and I/O capabilities that have been added to Utilite, is remarkable. The computer has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and DVI-D ports to connect with display devices, stereo line-up and line-out for audio, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
Of course the Raspberry Pi computers cost a lot less than Utilite, but then Utilite comes with many more ports and better hardware specifications, not to mention that the overall look of the box in which Utilite is packed is really cool, giving it the feel of a high-end, polished gadget.
Courtesy: Venture Beat