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Linux-powered CherryPal uses just 2W

By   |  July 21, 2008

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

[Via: TreeHugger]


3 Responses to “Linux-powered CherryPal uses just 2W”

  1. UbuntuArte » Blog Archive » Un ordenador Linux que consume sólo 2W: CherryPal
    July 21st, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

    […] Si lo comparamos con el Asus Eee, el procesador del Asus es más rápido (800 MHz), aunque la memoria es parecida. El peso de sólo 0.3 kg del CherryPal lo hace bastante portátil, aunque se trata de una PC de escritorio. La máquina cuesta unos 249$ y no incluye un teclado ni monitor. Fuente. […]

  2. Noah F. San Tsorbutz
    July 21st, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

    Apples to oranges. Rule of thumb, RISC chip performance = 2X CISC chip speed, so 400 mhz RISC chip = 800 mhz CISC chip.

  3. Kyo
    July 22nd, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    “Rule of thumb, RISC chip performance = 2X CISC chip speed, so 400 mhz RISC chip = 800 mhz CISC chip.”

    Uhm, nope. That does not make any sense at all. Your “rule of thumb” ignores the fact that the performance of particular architectures can wildly vary. You can expect this CPU to have the performance of a 300 MHz Intel Pentium II, as it is based on perhaps the cheapest PowerPC core there has ever been, the “budget” 603 line. Now if we were given, e.g., a power consumption budget, let’s say 20 W, and we tried to squash as many cores on a single chip as we could (respecting the budget), the 603/MPC5121e would look quite favourable as it has a reasonable performance-per-watt ratio. But this won’t save you in this particular case, no matter how many weasel words like ‘RICS’ you are going to summon to your cause. 😉

    At least this chip is supposed to have a programmable multimedia coprocessor integrated, as well as a 3D accelerator. Nevertheless, I am still waiting for tiny desktop machines equipped with a modern incarnation of the ARM architecture – the single greatest thing that the british BBC and athe argitectural legacy of MOS 6502 ever gave us. 😉 The Cortex-A9 looks especially nice. 1 GHz, dual issue…we could try to make Python or Ruby run on Jazelle RCT. :) OK, the want to put this thing into *game consoles*. Oh well.

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