Shuttle launches its first Android, ARM-based computers
Small form-factor PC maker Shuttle is launching its first little PCs powered by ARM-based processors and Google Android software. The company unveiled the Shuttle DSA2LS earlier this year, but now Shuttle has announced that it’s available in Europe for a suggested retail price of 158 Euros (including VAT).
That’s about $210 US, but it’ll likely be cheaper in the States since taxes won’t be included in the list price.
The Shuttle DSA2LS is a little desktop computer that measures 7.5″ x 5.6″ x 1.4″ and features a Freescale i.MX6 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage and an SDHC card reader for up to 64GB of removable storage.
It has HDMI and VGA ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and an RS-232 serial port for use in commercial and enterprise environments.
The system runs Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software and Shuttle is positioning it as a media player for digital signage or a system that can be used for automation, point-of-sales operations or other business uses. In other words, while you could pick up this little guy and use it in your home, it’s not really designed for home use.
- SoC – Freescale i.MX6 DualLite dual core processor @ 1GHz with Vivante GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 4GB eMMC + SD card slot up to 64 GB protected by anti-theft (or anti-troll) cover
- Video Output – HDMI and VGA, supporting dual displays (but maybe not independent displays).
- Audio – HDMI, Line OUT
- Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet (470Mbps max) with Wake-on-LAN support, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi antenna
- Video Codecs – MPEG2, H.264, MPEG4/ Xvid DivX H.264, AVI/ Xvid H264 MJPEG, MOV/ H.264
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x mini USB 2.0 port (device)
- Misc – Power button, status LED, RS-232 (DB9) port, Kensington lock
- Power Supply – 5V/2A (internal), input 100-240V
- Dimensions – 142(L) x 190(W) x 35(H)mm
That’s just as well, since there are significantly cheaper Android mini PCs available for use in the home. But it’s interesting to see one of the early players in the tiny PC space enter the ARM-based mini PC space.