Linux-powered CherryPal uses just 2W
As the battle for ultra-slim PCs heats up, a US company has released the Linux-based CherryPal, a PC that the company claims uses just 2W of power at peak performance.
The CherryPal mini-desktop runs an embedded version of Debian on a Freescale processor running at 400MHz, with 256MB of RAM and 4GB of internal flash storage.
The CherryPal ships with the OpenOffice suite and the Firefox browser. While the CherryPal boasts 4GB of storage it lags a little behind the popular Asus Eee PC on the processing front. A typical Asus Eee PC houses an 800MHz celeron process in comparison with the CherryPal’s 400MHz one. The lightweight processor could well be underpowered for OpenOffice, which is no application lightweight.
Weighing in at just 0.3kg the CherryPal is pretty portable, although it is a desktop PC. The base machine cost of US$249 (around R1 900) doesn’t include a keyboard and a monitor.
The CherryPal is expected to go on sale in the US later this month. No plans to ship outside of the US although the company will also sell the machine online.
While the low power consumption of the CherryPal my attract some users the timing of the CherryPal may well be a little too late. Companies such as Asus, Dell, Toshiba are already bombarding the market with ultra-portable machines that run Linux at a snip of the price of a traditional desktop.
The CherryPal specs are:
- Freescale’s MPC5121e mobileGT processor at 400MHz
- 256MB of DDR2 DRAM
- 4GB NAND Flash-based solid state drive
- WiFi 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- One 10/100 Ethernet with RJ-45 jack
- One VGA DB-15 display out jack
- Headphone level stereo audio out 3.5mm jack