VIA Technologies, Inc. has just announced two new incarnations (Paper and Rock) of the APC, an ARM-based computer that runs a customized Android 4.0 operating system. The first incarnation of the APC was just a basic motherboard targeted mainly at developers, but the APC Paper, the more expensive of the two, brings something slightly different to the table.
Both share just about the same specs. The main difference is that APC Paper does not have a VGA port. They pack more computing power and connectivity than the first APC, but Paper is enclosed in a case made from recycled cardboard paper, hence the name. And it kinda looks like a textbook.
Yep, that “book” closest to the plant is an APC Paper.
The complete specs for APC Paper are:
- VIA WonderMedia ARM Cortex-A9 gunning at 800Mhz
- Android 4.0 optimized for mouse and keyboard input
- 4GB NAND Flash and 512 DDR3 SDRAM
- Hardware accelerated 2D/3D graphics and video
- HMDI, USB 2.0 (x2), microUSB (OTG) and microSD slot
- 10/100 Ethernet
- Audio out / Mic in combo
- 20-pin ARM-JTAG header
- Extra GPIO, SPI and I2C busses on a header
The APC Paper
The APC Rock does not ship in a case, but as noted above, it comes with a VGA port, something the Paper does not have.
The APC Rock is available immediately at a price of US$79 USD, but the Paper will start shipping in March for US$99 USD. The Rock is cheaper, but I think I’m going to wait for Paper. At the rate that VIA Technologies is moving with the APC, the next version will likely ship with SATA ports. More information on both systems at http://apc.io/.