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Start-up develops low-cost, low-power Android PC

Posted: 24 Aug 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Jide Technology? Android PC? processor? Ethernet? Wi-Fi?

Three ex-Google engineers have created an Android PC that is able to run Android apps like on a smartphone, yet benefits from all the productivity tools commonly found on today's PCs by plugging a palm-sized $49 box to a display, mouse and keyboard.

The trio founded the Jide Technology Co. Ltd software and hardware startup last year in Beijing, China, with roots back to the Silicon Valley where the three founders, Jeremy Chau, David Ko and Ben Luk have lead or worked on key Google projects such as AdWords, Google Maps, or Google Search. Within a few weeks of campaign, the new company has raised nearly a million dollars in excess of their humble $50,000 goal from 18,763 backers for their Remix Mini.

Android PC

Built around a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, the ellipse-shaped 124mm long and 88mm wide Android PC, only 26mm thick, runs on Remix OS, a custom engineered version of Android Lollipop developed by Jide Technology. The small box packs Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity options and will run under 10W, drawing an order of magnitude less power than what most desktop computers would consume today by leveraging existing power efficiencies found in mobile CPU architectures.

Android PC

Two versions will be offered, one with 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage, which could be used as a home media centre, to stream and download movies; and a beefed up 2GB RAM with 16GB storage version to be used as a productivity tool.

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