Marvell of the USA have announced a sub $100 (projected sub $50!) computer built into a ‘power-brick’ or ‘wall wart’.
Bascially, the device is the size of a regular plug-in power adaptor and does just that; it plugs into the mains socket and runs. It’s power consumption is supposedly about 5 Watts.
- 1.2Ghz ARM CPU
- 512MB RAM
- 512MB Flash storage
- Gigabit wired ethernet
- USB 2.0 socket
- SDIO Expansion
Marvell already claim linux distributions to be running on the device and the possibilities for utilisation seem endless.
The $99 “development kit” is effectively a pre-release model and I’m really tempted to order one in to see what I can make of it.
Unfortunately, Slashdot got hold of this before I did so you will be able to see the Marvell SheevaPlug over at Linux Devices when their server stops smoking 😉
You also be able to order the SheevaPlug devkit directly from Marvell