Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The ARM desktop PC that's just for developers - for the moment

Trim-Slice NVIDIA Tegra 2 desktop ships - well, sort of
By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Israeli computer developer CompuLab is announcing immediate availability of an ARM-based desktop PC based around the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, with prices starting at a frankly amazing $199. 

However, while the announcement has been well received - see the links below - the tiny system (left) is not shipping to consumers, only developers, and the base, barebone configuration is not available, leaving the most practical version at a more understandable $319 plus shipping. OEMs and system-integrators can order Trim-Slice in volume with customization of feature set, branding and case finish.

The Trim-Slice is offered in 3 configurations -
  • Trim-Slice Barebone - with 1 GHz Tegra 2, 1 GB RAM, HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet, 4 USB ports, 2 SD slots and RS232 serial port ar $199. 
  • Trim-Slice Value - adds a 4 GB micro-SD card with Linux pre-installed and a USB 802.11n WiFi adapter at $219
  • Trim-Slice Pro - with 1 GHz Tegra 2, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD with Linux pre-installed, HDMI and DVI ports, Gigabit Ethernet, built-in 802.11n WiFi, 4 USB ports, 2 SD slots, RS232 serial port and a USB Bluetooth adapter at $319. 

Trim-Slice currently runs Linux and is supported in the mainline kernel revision 2.6.39. Support for other operating-systems is work-in-progress. “We designed Trim-Slice with SW developers in mind,” said Irad Stavi, Director of Business Development at CompuLab. “Developers that are looking for an open cost-effective high-performance ARM platform are likely to find Trim-Slice an attractive and unique solution that is very convenient for SW development.”
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