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Inexpensive, Low-Power Appliance PC

It's been a while since we've had much to say about them, but low-power, tiny form-factor PCs are an EcoGeek staple. Some low-power PCs are designed as desktop replacements, with greater functionality, while others are designed for more specific tasks. The SheevaPlug is the latest example of a computing appliance that falls into the latter category.

Marvell's SheevaPlug uses less than five watts under normal operation, making it more practical and www.americanfoods.com efficient for use in an always-on application. It is about the size of a large power adapter wall wart and is designed to be plugged directly into an outlet. "Unlike other embedded devices in the home, it contains a gigahertz class processor to offer PC class performance. This makes it a viable alternative to a PC for any software service." Marvell supports a number of www.nextstagecapital.com Linux distributions for development with the SheevaPlug.

The SheevaPlug has a 1.2GHz Marvell Sheeva™ CPU with 512MB of flash memory and 512MB of DDR2 memory. In addition to the power connection, it also has a Gigabit Ethernet port, as well as one USB and one Mini USB port, and a SDIO slot. That's not really suited to cialis professional no prescription serve as a desktop replacement, but it makes for a power sipping appliance with strong processing power.

The SheevaPlug is already being used for online file server devices such as the viagra cheapest price generic forthcoming Cloud Engines, Inc. Pogpplug, which uses a SheevaPlug and the user's own external drive to provide a network connected, low-power file server that a user can access via a Web browser.

The SheevaPlug is also likely to make this level of computing more affordable. The developer kit from Marvell is only $99. As these devices get less expensive, other home-based applications for smart systems, including things like home automation and appliance controls, become more available.

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via: TreeHugger

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written by Carl, February 26, 2009
A green always-on home PC is the right idea, but if you ask me this is http://televideocom.com/overnight-canadian-viagra the wrong product. It should act as a WiFi host and 4 port router, perhaps with power-save mode to shut off parts when not in use. The 5W (always-on?) is not that great. A normal linksys is 7W but could be
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why always on?
written by Scatter, February 27, 2009
given that you're not always using a pc or even always at home, why would you need an always on pc?
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written by bigspudd, February 28, 2009
my pc is on 24/7 with
dvr surveillance
home automation
sat tv
gaming
it runs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it volts 90% of the time
killawatt meter says 110watts including 22" lcd

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