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Israelis come up with smallest Quad Core mini-pc

by on30 April 2015

Two inch cube

Israeli outfit SolidRun has added a a 2 x 2 x 2-inch Cubox-i 4X4 to its line claiming that it is the world's smallest ARM quad core 4GB minicomputer.

Dubbed the "CuBox-i 4X4," the NuC uses Freescale's i.MX6 Quad processor and 4GB of RAM. Accordingly, SolidRun claims the CuBox-i 4X4 to be "the smallest ARM quad core 4GB mini computer."

The nearest in size is the Ugoos's UT3 and UT3S mini-PCs which are eight times larger, at an estimated 5 x 5 x 1-inches.

According to LinuxGizmos SolidRun's website currently lists 2GB as the maximum RAM available on the MicroSOM, but the CuBox 4X4 is built around a 4GB version of the MicroSOM.


SolidRun's CTO, Rabeeh Khoury, said that only 3.8GB of the RAM might be accessible but it will supports full HD multi format video decoding at over 100Mbps bit rate, as well as encoding of Full-HD video streams, says SolidRun.

The spec is a Freescale i.MX6 Quad processor with 4x Cortex A9 cores with NEON which run at 1GHz-1.2GHz. The GPU is a GC2000 (OpenGL/ES 2.0, OpenCL 1.1) and the RAM is 4GB (DDR3; 64-bit, 1GHz). There is a MicroSD slot for OS; eSATA II 3Gbps (i2Ultra and i4Pro only).

There are gigabit Ethernet ports but the 1000Mbps link is limited to 470Mbps actual bandwidth due to internal chip buses limitation. It has a WiFi 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 and HDMI 1.4. There is an Optical audio SPDIF out and InfraRed receiver and transmitter with 2x USB 2.0 hosts.

It ships with optional Android 4.2.2 microSD card;

The SolidRun CuBox-i 4×4 with an i.MX6 Quad SoC and 4GB RAM will be in the shops in May, priced at $170.

Last modified on 30 April 2015
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