Chip maker AMD isn’t quiet ready to launch its next-gen, low-power Mullins processor. But the company is showing off one of the things you can do with a quad-core Mullins chip using a Nano PC concept.
The Nano PC is a little PC that’s small enough to hold in your hand, but which has 2GB of RAM, up to 256GB of solid state storage, and the ability to stream HD video or even games with 3D graphics
AMD says the system offers the power of a desktop PC in a tiny package, and the folks at Maximum PC got a look at a demo of FIFA 14 running on Windows 8.1 on a 1080p display.
The Nano PC itself has just a single port, something AMD calls a DockPort. It’s based on DisplayPort technology, and allows you to connect a display, USB peripherals, and supply power.
AMD is showing a few different boxes with HDMI and USB ports that you can connect to the Nano PC to give it all the connectivity you’d expect from a full PC.
The company plans to start shipping its 2W, quad-core Mullins chips to compete with Intel Atom and ARM-based chips later this year. The Nano PC may or may not ever exist as a real product. The chip maker is showing off the concept at CES this year, but it will be up to third-party device makers to figure out how best to use Mullins chips in their tablets, notebooks, desktops, or other products.
via Engadget and Techblog.gr
+1 for the need on Linux support.
I have recently assembled an ITX-sized AMD A8 machine for my wife (running Linux Mint) and we are very satisfied with it.
Linux support will determine whether I buy this. Otherwise, I’ll continue to just slap together “huge” mini-ITX systems. Maybe go with a NUC or BRIX if I really want something smaller.
At the right price, this would be awesome. Get it around $100 and I’ll put them all over the house.
More importantly, if this processor is decently powerful and AMD teamed this with a solid Radeon VPU, you could be looking at a perfect entry-level Steam Machine.
Very interested in Mullins vs Bay Trail T and Beema vs Bay Trail M Linux performance and stability. Hoping to see some Linux comparisons with these chips.
Awesome to see a Windows mini PC.
Looks good, except for Windows 8 Metro Tiles! Linux, ChromeOS or Android would be better.
Shouldn’t it be able to run in desktop mode?
If it is at least as good as any other decent mini pc then a mouse and keyboard are just a bluetooth connection away.
How’s Linux support?
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