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Cubox: The cheap and tiny Open Source Box

A cheapmedia center, open source, tiny and full of connectivity, the Cubox of SolidRun costs only $135…

This is not a cube or a box, it’s the Cubox. In open source, it allows to connect to the TV, make a small NAS or even a home media server. Based on a ARMv7 processor clocked at 800 MHz, the Marvell Armada 510, the Cubox decodes video in 1080p without fail.

By default, it is equipped with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, an optical output and a microSD card slot that accepts up to 64 GB SDXC. For storage, an eSATA port it highlighted with a hard drive while infrared can manage a remote control.

This box is energy efficient because in the data sheet, it is indicated that consumes only 3 watts when playing a 1080p video from a network drive, not bad at all. Optionally, it will be possible to install a Linux Kernel in a version 2.6 or Android 2.2, ao nothing prevents you to recompe a 2.3 or 4.0 version of the robot as this case is Open Source. Another interesting point is the Cubox is already available in Europe for only €99 and in for $135 in the US.  Cheaper than equivalent competing solutions, and in addition it is pokey and open.

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