$150 DreamPlug Desktop is the Size of Your Fist

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The DreamPlug desktop is a new Marvell ARM-powered device that plugs directly into the wall. Not much bigger than so-called “wall warts”, which are AC adapters for other electronics, the DreamPlug packs a surprising amount of functionality into a machine that isn’t much bigger than your hand.

DreamPlug ARM-powered desktop DreamPlug ARM-powered desktop

Specifications:

  • Processor: Marvell Sheeva ARM Core @ 1.2 GHz
  • Memory: 512MB DDR2 @ 800 MHz
  • Storage: 1GB micro-SD
  • Networking: 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless networking: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Expandability: 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA, 1x SD card slot, JTAG (optional)
  • Audio line in/out, S/PDIF out 
  • Power supply: 5V3A external DC
DreamPlug ARM-powered desktop DreamPlug ARM-powered desktop
The little box that could is being geared toward low-power applications – cloud-based services, home automation, security, VoIP and more.  While the ARM CPU is only clocked at 1.2 GHz, that’s more than enough to take care of simple tasks.
Its Linux operating system (Debian or Ubuntu) can be customized as users need; downloading from torrents or running an FTP server from the house are all valid options.
That low-powered CPU is good for another reason, however, as it keeps prices and energy draw down. Its average draw from the socket is 5 watts or less, making this one of the most efficient fully-fledged desktops on the market today. The DreamPlug sits right into the wall socket, and is expect to be made available later this month.

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