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Common manufacturers Marvell
Design firm SolidRun Ltd.
Introduced CuBox
December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)[1]
Cost €99EURO (~US$135)
Type Single-board computer
Processor Marvell Armada 510 ARMv7
Frequency 800 MHz
Memory 1 GB DDR3-800MHz
Coprocessor VFPv3 (VFP/FPU)
vMeta Video Decoder
Vivante GC600 GPU
Two XOR/DMA Engines and PDMA
TrustZone CESA
PMU (Power Management Unit)
Ports HDMI 1.3 with CEC
S/PDIF (optical output)
1000baseT Ethernet
2 x USB 2.0 host ports
1 x eSATA (3 Gbit/sec)
IrDA (InfraRed) receiver
MicroUSB (console only)
MicroSD slot (comes with 2 GB MicroSD SDXC, upgradable to 64 GB)
Power consumption 3 W @ 5 V/2 A DC
Weight ~91 g
Dimensions 55 × 55 × 42 mm

The CuBox is a small, fanless nettop-class computer manufactured by the Israeli company SolidRun Ltd. It is cube-shaped at only approximately 2 × 2 × 2 inches and weighs 91 grams (0.2 lb, or 3.2 oz). CuBox is the first commercially available desktop computer based on the Marvell Armada 500-series SoC (System-on-Chip), and said to currently be the worlds smallest desktop computer.[2] It was announced in December 2011 and began shipping in January 2012, initially being marketed as a cheap open source developer platform for embedded systems.[1][3][4][5][6][7][8]


CuBox is a low-power ARM architecture CPU based computer, using the Marvell Armada 510 (88AP510) SoC with an ARM v6/v7-compliant superscalar processor core, Vivante GC600 OpenGL 3.0 and OpenGL ES 2.0 capable 2D/3D graphics processing unit, Marvell vMeta HD Video Decoder hardware engine, and TrustZone security extensions, Cryptographic Engines and Security Accelerator (CESA) co-processor.[5][9]

Despite being just about 2-inch-square device size, the platform can stream and decode 1080p content, use desktop class interfaces such as KDE or GNOME under Linux, all in less than 3 watt and less than 1 watt in standby.[10]

SolidRun currently officially only supports Linux kernel 2.6.x or later, and Android 2.2.x and later, and it comes with Ubuntu Desktop 10.04 and Android 2.2 dual-boot pre-installed.[1]

Newer Models[edit]

In November 2013, Solid Run released the Cubox-i1, i2, i2eX, and i4Pro, containing i.MX6 processors.[11][12]

They have also released a series of caseless i.MX6 models called the Humminboard.[13]

Similar products[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c CuBox Developer Platform Announcement
  2. ^ Solid-Run CuBox: World's Smallest HTPC (video)
  3. ^ CuBox is a sexy, ice cube-sized ARM computer
  4. ^ CuBox – Ice Cube Sized ARM Computer
  5. ^ a b Android-ready ARM mini-HTPC costs $130, uses just three Watts
  6. ^ Solid-Run CuBox: Open Source Platform for Android TV, Media Center and NAS Development
  7. ^ Move over Raspberry Pi: CuBox enters the fray with 1GB DDR3 RAM, dualcore CPU, HDMI, GBit LAN… all inside a cubed box
  8. ^ Meet CuBox – A Tiny ARM Powered Media Centre Capable of Running Ubuntu
  9. ^ Marvell expands range of ARM SoCs
  10. ^ XBMC on SolidRun Platform named CuBox
  11. ^ "CuBox-i Series Release". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  12. ^ "CuBox-i Hardware". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  13. ^ "Hummingboard Release". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 

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