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Thursday, September 18, 2014

An Android Mini PC With Very Low Power Consumption

Shuttle has introduced an Android 4.2.2 mini-PC with 6.26W consumption, 4GB of flash with SD expansion, plus WiFi, HDMI, GbE, RS232, and four USB ports.

Spanish mini-PC vendor Shuttle, which has launched numerous Linux-ready models including the circa-2009, Intel Atom 330 based X27, has moved to Android-on-ARM for its latest “DSA2LS” offering. The mini-PC is selling for 131 euros, or $176, with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of flash storage. Available with VESA mounting, the DSA2LS supports digital signage, POS, automation, monitoring, thin client, remote access, and media player applications, says Shuttle.

The DSA2LS runs a pre-installed Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with integrated online or offline update functionality on a dual-core, 1GHz Freescale i.MX6 DualLite system-on-chip. The SoC has a Vivante GC880 GPU that’s not as powerful as the Vivante GC2000 GPU found on the Dual and Quad i.MX6 models, but it still plays back 1080p video and offers 3D graphics acceleration. The power-sipping DualLite enables the fanless computer to run at a modest 6.26W active and 1.42W standby, according to Shuttle’s AnTuTu benchmarks.

The steel-constructed, 190 x 142 x 35mm device supports up to 64GB of storage with a theft-protected SDHC card reader. The unit ships with both HDMI and VGA ports. Dual display capability is provided, although in that case, video resolution is halved to 720p. The device has WiFi built-in, along with an optional antenna, and also offers a gigabit Ethernet port. Additional I/O includes four USB 2.0 ports, including one mini-USB device port. You also get an audio jack and an RS-232 serial port.

The DSA2LS features a Kensington lock hole and VESA mounting, with numerous threaded holes available for alternative mounting configurations. A 10W internal supply helps avoid cable clutter, and an Always-ON switch designed for use in “inaccessible environments,” starts the machine as soon as it is connected to the power supply, says Shuttle.

Specifications listed for the DSA2LS include:
  • Processor — Freescale i.MX6 DualLite (2x Cortex-A9 cores @ 1GHz); 512 KB L2 cache; Vivante GC880 GPU with 1080p and 3D acceleration

  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • 4GB eMMC (2.4GB available)
  • SD slot for up to 64GB (hidden)

  • VGA port
  • HDMI port with digital audio support
  • Dual display support

Wireless — 802.11 b/g/n (Chicony XW704T module with Realtek RTL8192CU chipset) at up to 150Mbit/s; optional antenna

Networking — gigabit Ethernet port with wake-on support
Other I/O:
  • 3x USB 2.0 (front-facing)
  • Mini-USB 2.0 device port (front-facing)
  • RS232 port
  • Audio line-out jack

Other features — Kensington lock hole; restore button; LEDs; VESA mount
  • 100 to 240V AC (50-60Hz) internal supply; max. 0.3 A input
  • 5V DC, max. 2A output
  • Consumption — 6.26W active; 4.22W idle; 1.42W standby; 0.19W off
  • Power failure recovery
  • Always-on power switch

  • Operating temperature — 0 to 45°C
  • Weight — 0.7 k net, 1.4 k gross
  • Dimensions — 190 x 142 x 35mm
  • Operating system — Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Further information
The Shuttle DSA2LS is now available for a recommended retail price of EUR 131 (ex VAT), or $174. More information may be found at the DSA2LS product page.

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