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Appeared on: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
VIA Launches The $49 APC Android PC System

VIA Technologies today unveiled the $49 APC Android PC system, a Neo-ITX form-factor system powered by an ARM pprocessor.

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 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.

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), it has 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.


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