Fanless Android/Linux ''desktop'' pairs Snapdragon quad with mSATA storage

— 6:00 AM on December 2, 2014

Embedded PC maker CompuLab has created a tiny Linux "desktop" based on ARM hardware. The Utilite2 crams a Snapdragon SoC along with a surprising selection of goodies into a die-cast aluminum chassis that measures just 3.4" x 3.4" x 1.1". Linaro-based Linux builds will support the machine, which will also be offered with a Google Play-approved version Android 4.4.3 KitKat.

Source: CompuLab

The fanless enclosure houses a Qualcomm APQ8064 processor with quad Krait cores and an Adreno 320 GPU. The chip is familiar from Google's Nexus 4 smartphone, and like in that device, it's paired with a respectable 2GB of RAM. Although the integrated eMMC storage is limited to just 4GB, the Utilite2 supports mSATA drives up to 512GB and microSD cards up to 128GB. CompuLab also plans to offer an optional cellular modem that slots into the motherboard.

Even without cellular onboard, the Utilite2 is loaded with connectivity. Networking options include Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11n Wi-Fi via dual antennas. There are four USB 2.0 ports, complete with OTG support, plus an HDMI 1.4a video out. Audio can be run through that output or over the analog input and output jacks that pierce the outer shell.

The Utilite2 is aimed at industrial applications, such as digital signage, in addition to media players and mini desktops. Pricing hasn't been announced, but we'll know before too long. CompuLab expects to start selling units this month. If the firm delivers on its promise to "collaborate closely with the open-source community," this could turn be a nice little machine for a variety of applications.

Thanks to FanlessTech for the tip.

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