Globalscale Technologies is showing off a new $249 desktop PC with an ARM-based chip and support for 1080p HD video playback. The D2Plug computer can run Ubuntu Linux or Google Android 2.2, and joins a growing list of “Plug” computing devices. But this space may get even more interesting when Microsoft releases Windows 8 with support for ARM-based processors.
The Globalscale D2Plug features a Marvell PXA510 system on a chip. It’s an 800 MHz ARMv7 chip with support for HD video playback, OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics, And Adobe FLash Player.
The miniature desktop uses just 2 Watts of electricity and measures just 6.7″ x 3.2″ 1.3″.
The D2Plug has 1GB of DDR3 memory, 8GB of storage and a range of ports including USB, eSATA, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA, and audio jacks. It also includes 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.
Globalscale expects to ship the D2Plug in late June and is offering pre-orders for $249.