We’ve seen low power ARM-based processors show up in everything from smartphones to set-top-boxes, from tablets to USB thumb drive-sized PCs. Now a company called Kontron is slapping together Mini-ITX computer motherboard featuring an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
That could make the KTT30 a starting point for a DIY low power computer with a TDP of under 7 watts.
While Windows doesn’t yet run on ARM-based processors, there are a wide range of Linux-based operating systems including Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora that support ARM chips. And of course there’s always Google Android.
The Kontron KTT30 features a 900 MHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor and features HDMI 1.4a output, an Ethernet jack, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 2 SD card slots, audio jacks, and miniPCIe slots. It can support up to 2GB of RAM and it can handle camera input, USB mass storage devices, and other peripherals.