Xcore86 is a System on Chip (SoC) manufacturer based in Thailand and run by Michael Barnes. He also founded and runs NorhTec, which provides low-cost systems and emphasizes thin clients. The bonus? He is also a columnist for www.desktoplinux.com and his bio specifically mentions Linux and Open Source software. Most of Norhtec's products specify whether they work with or include Linux and/or FreeBSD.
The product I'm interested in is the pre-release Gecko Edubook, which will probably retail for about US$250. Watch the video below for information:
|CPU||1GHz Xcore86 Device on Chip™|
|Graphics||Integrated Graphics Chip|
|Memory||256MB / 512MB / 1GB DDR2|
|Display|| 8.9" WSVGA 1024 x 600 resolution TFT LCD screen with LED |
|HDD||SD Card or IDE Flash Disk|
|Audio||Line-out, Mic-in, Internal Mic, Internal stereo speakers|
|Ethernet||Built in 10/100 Base-T|
|USB 2.0 ports|| External : 3 ports, Inernal : 1 port (reserved for WIFI, GPRS, |
CDMA, 3G or 3.5G USB dongles)
|I/O||D-sub 15 pin VGA out, integrated SD card reader, touch pad|
|Power / Battery|| Rechargeable AA Battery - NiMH 8 pcs (4 hours max) or|
Li+3S (4 hours max) or Li+3S2P (6 hours max)
AC 100V-240V (no external adapter)
When I get back to Thailand and open my charity, maybe I can get a deal from him, eh? One could hope.
Update: My gal is visiting Thailand this week, and the Gecko Edubook is coincidentally being released this week, so she's picking one up for me and I'll review it when she gets back next week.