VIA Technologies today unveiled the $49 APC Android PC
system, a Neo-ITX form-factor system powered by an ARM
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. Powered by a WonderMedia ARM 11 SoC,
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
"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.
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.
APC runs on an optimized version of Android, supports
hardware acceleration for video formats, HD TV (720p),
VGA and HMDI display ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a
microSD slot and a 10/100 Ethernet port. The board is
also equipped with a audio-out/ Mic-in, 2GB NAND Flash
and 512 DDR3 SDRAM.
Priced at US$49, APC will be ship in July 2012.