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ARM-based Mini HTPC's Are Coming


Pegatron, an off shoot of ASUS, recently showed off a prototype tiny low power HTPC built using an ARM processor and Nvidia's new Tegra 2. The unit itself includes HDMI, Ethernet, microphone and speaker plugs on the back and the Tegra 2 chip can decode 1080p and Flash video. This particular model is designed to run Windows CE or Google Android but it's possible other manufactures will incorporate full Linux Distros like Ubuntu For Arm and include either Boxee or XBMC software for a full Linux HTPC experience. Although no price has been set yet you can expect these units to be quite a bit cheaper than their Intel Atom based counterparts like the Acer Revo($350 US with Windows 7 Home Premium).

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Wood grain on a HTPC? Does it come with paddles and a joystick too? Cause that would rock.
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Wood grain on a HTPC? Does it come with paddles and a joystick too? Cause that would rock.

That was funny...younger people may not remember the Atari 2600

"But this one goes up to 11"
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Wood grain on a HTPC? Does it come with paddles and a joystick too? Cause that would rock.

Hmm... "That would rock."

How about a HTPC that looks like a rock. That would start a conversation piece.
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Hmm... "That would rock."

How about a HTPC that looks like a rock. That would start a conversation piece.

And it goes outside....

muahahahhahhahahahha
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Wood grain on a HTPC? Does it come with paddles and a joystick too? Cause that would rock.

Looks more like:

Which was a better system anyways =)
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My friend in Jr High had one of those. There was a good, and obscure Intellivision game towards the end of it's life where you attacked this space ship while flying across it. That was the last game I remember playing.

It had a voice expansion. I only remember two games that used it. Some game where you were a gunner in a bomber, and another where you defused bombs.

"But this one goes up to 11"
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My friend in Jr High had one of those. There was a good, and obscure Intellivision game towards the end of it's life where you attacked this space ship while flying across it. That was the last game I remember playing.

It had a voice expansion. I only remember two games that used it. Some game where you were a gunner in a bomber, and another where you defused bombs.

B-17 Bomber, it was the second best game after ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CLOUDY MOUNTAIN =)
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[quote=MichaelJHuman;18456855] There was a good, and obscure Intellivision game towards the end of it's life where you attacked this space ship while flying across it. That was the last game I remember playing.

Dreadnaught Factor!
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B-17 Bomber, it was the second best game after ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CLOUDY MOUNTAIN =)

Wow, the memories.

AD&D I think was my all time favorite game on that system. Still check out the YouTube videos of gameplay every now and again.

My best friend growing up had one. My brother and I had an Atari 2600 with all the trimmings, so we each got to have the best of both worlds.
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Not the wood grain again! I hope that proto type pic is just an idea and that most units will not have the whole wood grain look. I have the whole collection of video game systems that ever came out including the Apextreme (am the only owner of it) and my most fav intellivision game was BarnStorm.
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Which was a better system anyways

I have a PS2 game called "IntelliVision Lives!"

3 unreleased games, more than 60 games. My favorite was the developer notes and
interviews. http://intellivisionlives.com/

The wood grain is definitely retro.
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Yeah, that thing is ugly. I hope they do lose the wood grain.

Personally I built my home HTPC using an Antec Mini Skeleton. It's not like a sleek looking little box, they do have plenty of those, but it is one hell of a conversation piece. When people come over and they see the strange little machine sitting in the corner with its exposed circuits and blue glowing lights, they cannot help but ask "what the hell is that?" lol

I painted mine a nice crimson red and trimmed it in gold, kind of looks like Iron Man.
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Is arm-based note worthy due to low power? Or is there some other reason? The VIA based systems are very low power.
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I'd like to know how "low powered" we are talking. My Skeleton has a 90 watt power supply, and it sleeps most of the time. How much less can you really go?
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I'd like to know how "low powered" we are talking. My Skeleton has a 90 watt power supply, and it sleeps most of the time. How much less can you really go?


It really depends on your needs. If you intend to play games or encode you need more cpu which means you'll use more power.


Can look here and see very small and low power systems.


http://via-itx.com
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[quote=Bob Hetherington;18453774]ARM-based Mini HTPC's Are Coming

Taking out an ARM just to finance some AV gadget? Have you people learned nothing from the last economic melt down?
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I like the way everybody's posted loads of pictures of defunct old devices and yet we're all saying we'd happily rush out and buy the next new thing for wads of cash (I include myself as very guilty in this bracket).
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