Last year a company called Genesi introduced a low power laptop called the Efika MX Smartbook with an 800 MHz Freescale i.MX515 processor. The company also offered an Efika MX Smarttop — a small form-factor desktop computer with similar specs.
Both products are low-power, low price computers. The Smarttop runs just $129 and you can pick up the Smartbook for $199.
Now Genesi has started to show off its next-generation systems based on Freescale’s more powerful i.MX53 processor family. The difference is that this time Genesi doesn’t plan to sell computers directly to consumers. Instead the company is developing a board that can be used in a variety of form factors including tablet, laptop, or desktop computers and shopping it around to partners.
The idea is that licensees could design their own computers based on Genesi’s platform.
The Freescale i.MX processor family features ARM Cortex-A8 chips with clock speeds up to 1.2 GHz. The chips support OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics and 1080p HD video playback.