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VIA Introduces APC Android PC System For $49

Taiwanese chip maker VIA Technologies has introduced an APC Android PC system. It is a $49 low power desktop computer system which will run on a modified version of Android 2.3. The Android PC is powered by WonderMedia ARM 800MHz processor. It also has 512MB of DDR3 memory, 2GB of flash storage. It has full set of consumer I/O features in a small footprint Neo-ITX motherboard which can be connected to a TV or monitor to output resolution of up to 720p. The APC will be accepting pre-orders soon and it will be shipped in early July 2012 for just $49.


VIA's APC Android Desktop Computer, Image Credit: VIA Technologies

Richard Brown, VP of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. said “APC brings the familiarity and convenience of Android to the PC at a US$49 price point that will open up exciting new markets and applications, like a bicycle for your mind, APC will enable more people than ever before to explore the vast online universe.”

Press Release

VIA Initiates APC: The $49 Android PC

Taipei, Taiwan, 22nd May, 2012 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient computing platforms, today unveiled the $49 APC Android PC system.

Powered by a WonderMedia ARM processor, APC integrates memory, storage, and a full set
of consumer I/O features in a small footprint Neo-ITX motherboard that can be connected to a TV or monitor. The system also features a custom build of Android that has been
optimized for keyboard and mouse input, and comes with a browser and a selection of
preinstalled apps.

“APC brings the familiarity and convenience of Android to the PC at a US$49 price point that will open up exciting new markets and applications,” said Richard Brown, VP of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Like a bicycle for your mind, APC will enable more people than ever before to explore the vast online universe.”

APC is based on the new Neo-ITX form factor measuring just 17cm x 8.5cm and can be
housed in any standard Mini-ITX or microATX chassis, providing enthusiasts with unrivaled flexibility to create new mods and DIY projects as well as ensuring rapid time to market for system integrators and OEMs utilizing the platform.

APC consumes only 4 watts when operating at idle power and 13.5 watts at maximum load.
This is ten times less than a standard PC system and ensures significant power savings in large scale deployments.

APC Features

APC combines an optimized version of Android with a rich hardware package to deliver the best of the internet to users. With the inclusion of hardware acceleration for the most demanding video formats, the APC delivers stunning HD quality multimedia, either streamed from sites such as YouTube or stored locally and delivers a great gaming experience on a large screen monitor or TV.

Key Features:

  • Optimized Android OS
  • HD TV support
  • Hardware acceleration of the most demanding video formats
  • VGA and HMDI display ports
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • One microSD slot
  • One 10/100 Ethernet port
  • Audio-out/ Mic-in
  • VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC
  • 2GB NAND Flash
  • 512 DDR3 SDRAM
  • 15W power adaptor

Information Links

For more information about APC please visit: www.apc.io

For images related to this press release, please visit:
http://www.viagallery.com/Products/apc.aspx

To watch a short introductory video about APC, please visit: http://youtu.be/EAGxRqJZHE8

Pricing and Availability

Priced at just US$49, APC will be ship in July 2012. For more details, please visit www.apc.io.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs and system integrators. www.via.com.tw

Source: VIA

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