Shuttle is probably best known for making small form-factor Windows computers. But some of the company’s newest products are small, ARM-based Android devices. The Shuttle DSA2LS and DSA2LE systems are positioned as digital signage players which you can attach to a monitor to create a display for your business.
But the systems also look like they could make interesting options for folks interested in a small, fanless low-power ARM-based computer.
The device features an integrated power supply, but there are other models that support Power over Ethernet functions instead.
Each model has a Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, support for 720p and 1080p media playback, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software. The DSA2L systems also have 1GB of RAM, between 4GB and 8GB of integrated storage, a card reader, 4 USB ports HDMI and VgA output, and an RS-232 port as well as Gigabit Ethernet And WiFi.
While they ship with Android software, Freescale’s chips also support Linux… and there’s an effort underway to provide reverse-engineered graphics drivers that could bring hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and HD video support to the chips, which would dramatically improve the performance of some tasks when running Ubuntu or other Linux-based operating systems.
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