Published On: Wed, Jun 18th, 2014

An Arab-Israeli Company Is Offering The Smallest Computer Ever for Only $55

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Have you ever been bothered by the amount of space that the average desktop computer takes up? Do you find it difficult to move your computer around every time that you need to clean or add/remove a cable from behind it? Do you find the prices of computers to be prohibitive?

Now Israel’s SolidRun has a solution.

The SolidRun CuBox is the world’s smallest desktop computer. The high performance, low power HTPC and media center is packed into a tiny cube, just 2 × 2 × 2 inches in size. It weighs just 91 grams (0.2lb, 3.2oz) and is a fan-less computer which runs on fewer than 3W power, even when streaming and decoding full-screen 1080p video. The CuBox runs on the Unbutu open source development platform.

The CuBox platform is energy efficient and based on the Marvell Armada 510 SoC. It can be used as a thin client, network attached storage, digital signage solution, set top box, Android TV, home security device or a well-rounded media player.

SolidRun’s open source software model is boosted by the contribution of the open source community, as well as the SolidRun engineering team.

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SolidRun declares its mission to be the leading provider of miniature computing solutions by offering innovative, small, energy efficient yet powerful open source alternatives to today’s larger form factor computers, IPTV set-top boxes and thin clients.

Its founder and CEO Kossay Omary says, “The world needs more low power, less-wasteful devices to do all kinds of tasks, including entertainment”.

“We want to enable everybody to do whatever their imagination drives them to do with our mini-computers. Our team had to work very hard to pack in such a rich and high-end set of features and still keep the cost at levels that make this product a no brainer choice for everyday projects, ” he said. “The i.MX6 System-on-Chip series provides the perfect scalability for balancing power, performance and price.”

“We build small and low power computers, ” said Rabeeh Khoury, CTO of SolidRun. “Given the open source SDK and tons of available software packages, our computers can be used in a huge range of scenarios limited only by your imagination; ranging from embedded, multimedia, education, cloud client, HMI and many other fields, as well as all the fun projects you always dreamed of. Everyone can take these computers to their own playground and build their special projects with it. It can be an excellent learning experience too.”

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The company just launched its CuBox-i series entry level computer with a price tag of only $54.99.

Omary founded the company with Rabeeh Khoury, whom he met at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The two men are Israeli Arabs from the Galilee. Omary is from the city of Nazareth and Khoury is from the village of Tarshiha, just east of the northern Israel coastal city Nahariya. The company is based in the Tefen Industrial Park in the Galilee.

SolidRun currently has ten employees including five Israeli Arabs and five Israeli Jews. It uses distributors in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia and also offers its products for direct ordering on line. It is looking for venture capital backers.

 

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