Windows-Compatible HDMI Stick With An Intel Bay Trail CPU

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    Windows-compatible HDMI TV stick with an Intel Bay Trail CPU - Liliputing (click for full article)

    10/15/2014 at 9:45 AM by Brad Linder

    -- For the past few years Chinese companies have been cranking out tiny sticks that you can plug into a TV to run Android apps. They look sort of like USB flash drives, but they have an HDMI connector where you’d normally find the USB connector, and they’re a bit chunky for a flash drive.

    Under the hood, these little guys have the guts of an Android phone or tablet which means they typically have ARM-based processors. But now at least one company is manufacturing a version with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor.

    That means it should be able to support Windows 8.1 as well as Android, Ubuntu, or other operating systems.

    A vendor on Chinese eCommerce site Alibaba is selling the Meegopad Intel Quad Core dongle for $70 per piece or less… but you need to order at least 500 units to place an order.

    In other words, that’s the wholesale price. The retail price will likely be a bit higher — but it shouldn’t be long before we start to see devices like this show up in retail channels.

    I thought the Zotac ZBOC PI320 pico I’m testing this week was tiny for a desktop Windows computer (because it is), but these new sticks could change what we think of as a Windows PC.

    This model features either an Intel Atom Z3735F processor with 1GB of RAM and 32-bit software support or an Atom Z3735G processor with 2GB of RAM and support for 64-bit software.

    Each version should be available with 16GB to 32GB of eMMC storage, a microSD card slot, 2 micro USB 2.0 ports, a full-sized USB 2.0 port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and an HDMI connector.

    It measures 3.9″ x 1.5″ x 0.4″ and weighs about 1.6 ounces.

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