AMD has unveiled a low power, small form factor desktop computer that you can easily hold in one hand. If you get tired of holding the AMD LiveBox though, you can just plug it right into an outlet. There’s a two-prong power connector built right into the case, no cables required.
The AMD LiveBox is a prototype that could be a reference design for PC makers. AMD makes chips, not computers, but the LiveBox prototype shows what kind of mini-PCs could be built around AMD’s low power processors.
Engadget and Netbook News spotted the LiveBox on the show floor at Computex in Taiwan this week.
The LiveBox is powered by a 1 GHz AMD C-60 dual core processor with AMD Radeon HD 6200 graphics. The C-60 is basically on par with Intel’s Atom processors for netbooks. It’s an x86 chip that can handle Windows 7 and other operating systems, but it’s designed for low cost and low power consumption, not performance.
On the other hand, the Radeon HD graphics are good enough to handle 1080p HD video playback and some 3D graphics.
The little computer also has 1GB of memory, a 64GB solid state disk, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, an Ethernet jack, memory card slot, and even a SIM slot for mobile broadband. It also supports Bluetooth.
Reminds me of the Zotac boxes.
Looking at the video, it doesn’t look like that was a functional machine (the power prongs don’t show any signs of having been used in a socket. Also, the cable lock location will prevent the power plug from inserting into most outlets, which is less than ideal.
I have a travel router about the size of this box, which works wonderfully as long as you don’t bump it. It tends to fall out of outlets which have loose gripping force (which tends to describe most hotel outlets). If I were going to use one of these for travel, I’d definitely take along a small extension cord.
Paired with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, as long as you knew the hotel TVs were HDMI ready, this would be a good travel computer. Wait, on second thought I’d rather take a netbook and an HDMI cable.
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