Plug Computers are tiny PCs that you could easily mistake for an AC power adapter, because they plug directly into a wall outlet and typically don’t include video output. Instead these small, low power, “headless” computers usually run some sort of Linux-based operating system allowing you to use the little PCs as file servers or for other simple jobs.

One popular option about a decade ago was called the SheevaPlug, and it was a device built around a 1.2 GHz Marvell Kirkwood 6281 ARM9 processor.

Now GlobalScale Technologies is bringing back the SheevaPlug… kind of. The company has unveiled a new device called the Sheeva64. It has updated hardware and software and it’s up for pre-order for $89, with an estimated ship date of April, 2019.

Like other Plug computers, the Sheeva64 basically looks like a large AC adapter. It measures about 4.3″ x 2.8″ x 2″ and has two-prongs that you can use to plug it right into your wall jack.

Unlike a typical power adapter though, this device features two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB Type-A ports, a micro USB port, a mini USB port, and a microSD card reader.

It’s powered by a 1.2 GHz Marvell Armada 3720 dual-core, 64-bit processor and the system features 1GB of DDR4 memory and 4GB of eMMC flash storage.

The little computer ships with Ubuntu 18.04, but it should also support other GNU/Linux distributions. It also comes an Ethernet cable and a power cord that you can optionally use if plugging it directly into the wall isn’t an option for one reason or another.

If you’d rather go as wireless as possible, you can also pre-order a $105 version that has an 802.11ac WiFi/Bluetooth 5.0 module built-in.


via CNX-Software

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3 replies on “Sheeva64 is an $89 tiny headless PC that plugs into an AC outlet”

  1. “It has updated hardware”

    Despite that claim, we get:
    “a mini USB port”, a CPU that the Raspberry Pi 3 laughs at, plus No USB 3.0.

    What were they thinking?! This device has specs better fitting for 2009, not 2019.

  2. Wow 2 real GbE ports. I wonder why they used a mini-USB port instead of micro-USB for the serial connection (just label it properly to distinguish from the OTG port). I thought that interface is dead. I only have USB Type-A, micro-USB and Type-C cables now.

    The vendor’s documentation seems inconsistent.
    – A list says ” 1GB DDR4″ but the block diagram says 512 MB to 2 GB DDR4.
    – The quick start guide mentions a bundled SATA cable. You have to pry the device open to access the port but the block diagram doesn’t mention any SATA connections.
    – To select the boot device, it looks like you need to open the enclosure and configure a jumper but a photo before those instructions show a warranty is void sticker on enclosure’s seem… The block diagram doesn’t show this jumper either.

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