CuBox

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CuBox
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i.MX6-based CuBox (2014)
Common manufacturers Marvell or Freescale Semiconductor
Design firm SolidRun
Introduced CuBox
11 December 2011 (2011-12-11)[1]
Cost 99 euro (~US$135)
Type Single-board computer
Processor Marvell Armada 510 ARMv7 or i.MX6
Frequency From 800 MHz and upwards
Memory From 1 GB and upwards
Coprocessor VFPv3 (VFP/FPU)
WMMX / WMMX2 SIMD
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 × USB 2.0 host ports
1 × 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

CuBox and CuBox-i are series of small and fanless nettop-class computers manufactured by the Israeli company SolidRun Ltd. They are all cube-shaped and sized at approximately 2 × 2 × 2 inches and weigh 91 grams (0.2 lb, or 3.2 oz).[2] CuBox was first 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]

The first-generation CuBox was according to SolidRun the first commercially available desktop computer based on the Marvell Armada 500-series SoC (System-on-Chip) and at the time was said to be the world's smallest desktop computer.[9]

In November 2013, SolidRun released the Cubox-i1, i2, i2eX, and i4Pro, containing i.MX6 processors.[10][11]

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CuBox is a low-power computer based on ARM-architecture CPU, 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][12]

Despite being about 2-inch-square in size, the platform can stream and decode 1080p content, use desktop-class interfaces such as KDE or GNOME under Linux, while requiring less than 3 watts and less than 1 watt in standby.[13]

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

Newer models[edit]

In November 2013, SolidRun released a family of CuBox-i computers named CuBox-i1, i2, i2eX, and i4Pro, containing a range of different i.MX6 processors by Freescale Semiconductor.[10][11]

They have also released a series of caseless i.MX6 models called the Hummingboard.[14]

CuBoxTV[edit]

Announced in December 2014, CuBoxTV is a mid-range and simplified version of the CuBox-i computer. It is designed to exclusively operate KODI (formerly known as XBMC) on an OpenELEC operating system.[15]

CuBoxTV weighs approximately 9.9oz (281 grams), and is around 2X2 Inches wide and 1.8 inches high, shaped like a cube with rounded sides. It features an i.MX6 Quad core processor at a 1GHz speed, 1GB of RAM memory, 8GB base storage memory and a GC2000 OpenGL quad shader GPU. It houses a couple of USB 2.0 ports, a HDMI port, microSD port and an Ethernet port.[16]

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