[CES 2010] Marvell has just launched its Computer 3.0 platform based on the Armada 300 processor. New the system still uses an ultra-low power and thermal envelope, but manages to reach 2Ghz and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and built-in 1.8″ hard drive. The overall package is also much smaller (and sexier) than previous generations. Once again the semi-conductor mantra “smaller, better, cheaper” is beautifully applied by Marvell to these tiny computers. Developers can already get their hands on the SDK, and we’ve heard that a number of big-name brands are working on products based on Plug Computer 3.0.
Plug Computers are actually fully featured Linux computers that are often use as mini web servers (PogoPlug, TonidoPlug, Ctera…), but they could in theory be applied to many tasks (smartgrid, sensors, surveillance, home automation…) that require smartness in a low-power (<2W) small form factor at a low price (less than $100). Because it runs on Linux, it has access to a wide array of industry-standard software. Keep an eye on Plug Computing and on Marvell, they are onto something big.
- Up to 2Ghz CPU
- 512MB of RAM + 512MB of Flash memory
- 1.8″ hard drive
- 10/100/1000 wired Ethernet
- SDIO Slot, mini USB slot
- Wi-Fi (which?)
- Bluetooth (which?)