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VIA announces APC Rock and Paper low-cost Android computers

VIA introduces Rock and Paper, the latest iteration of its APC computer line

| Computer Systems News | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 2:15 pm

VIA has today announced the latest additions to its APC line. For those of you not in the know, VIA's APC line consist of small Android based PC motherboards. The original APC was released last spring for around $45.

 

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The Rock is the first new APC board and is a complete redesign of the original APC. It features a faster processor, more RAM, and a metric ton of expandability by not only breaking out the processors 20-pin ARM JTAG header, but also opening up GPIO, SPI and I2C buses on header pins.

 

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The Paper features a slick faux book-like case and does not have a VGA port like the Rock. Both boards feature an ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 800MHz, 4GB of NAND flash based storage, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, HDMI port, microSD, 10/100 Ethernet and run Android 4.0. The Rock is currently available from the APC.io website for $79 and the Paper is expected to begin shipping in March at a price point of $99.

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