SolidRun’s CuBox line of tiny desktop computers are cubes that measure just 2 inches across. But the little boxes sport Ethernet jacks, optical audio output, 2 USB ports and a micro USB port.
They also feature microSD cards for storage, dual or quad-core ARM-based processors, and up to 2GB of RAM. You can use them as tiny desktop computers, media centers, or file servers. Now SolidRun is taking orders for a new model that’s designed specifically for media center use.
It’s called the CuBoxTV, and you can pre-order one for $100.
The CuBoxTV features a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core processor with Vivante GC2000 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI output, S/PDIF output, and an infrared receiver.
What makes this model special though, is that it comes with OpenElec pre-loaded.
That’s a light-weigh, open source Linux-based operating system designed to run the XBMC media center app (soon to be known as Kodi).
Sure, you could just run Android on a CuBox and install the XBMC app for Android. But OpenElec boots straight into the media center interface and uses just about 100MB of disc space for the entire operating system.