Tiny, Ultra-Cheap Desktop Will Only Pull Two Watts, Live in the Clouds

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CherryPal has released some tantalizing details of its forthcoming desktop box, which they claim will draw only two watts and be "the greenest and most affordable on the market." The otherwise modestly spec'd box has a few secret weapons: cloud computing and a tri-core Freescale processor with hardware video rendering capabilities.


The teensy device is pretty well stripped down, with a 400MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory. Aside from a few standard ports and integrated Wi-Fi, that's about all you get. CherryPal claims that the heavily optimized Debian Linux distro and multi-core capabilities will not only keep that PC from dragging too much ass, but will let it handle moderate multimedia work as well. CherryPal hasn't presented much in the way of supporting evidence for its claims, or mentioned whose "cloud" the box will connect to but with a release date set at August 4th, we'll probably be finding out more info pretty soon. Full specs are below, but no price yet. [CherryPal via The Register]

CherryPal Spec Sheet:

— Freescale's MPC5121e mobileGT processor, 800 MIPS (400 MHz) of


— 256MB of DDR2 DRAM

— 4GB NAND Flash-based solid state drive

— Wi-Fi 802.11b/g Wi-Fi

— Two USB 2.0 ports

— One 10/100 Ethernet with RJ-45 jack

— One VGA DB-15 display out jack

— Headphone level stereo audio out 3.5mm jack

— 9vDC 2.5mm 10 watt AC-DC adapter power supply

— 10.5 ounces

— 1.3" high, 5.8" x 4.2" wide



@jrghoull: Really, I was only looking for an excuse to say pop the cherry.