Atom E6xx PC is claimed to be world's smallest

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Toradex announced a Linux-based single board computer (SBC) with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom E6xx, and also debuted a PC based on it that's claimed to be "the world's smallest." The "Topaz" SBC underlies the fanless, aluminum-housed "Xiilun," which measures 3.50 x 2.36 x 0.63 inches, features up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and offers a bootable microSD slot, DVI-D, and four USB 2.0 ports.

Claims for the world's smallest computer and world's smallest SBC pop up every year or two in the embedded Linux world, it seems. The claims are usually true, for awhile, until the next, even smaller device comes along.

But what's amazing about recent entries, including the ARM-based Marvell Plug Computer, is just how powerful they're getting. The Xiilun, for example, crams a lot of horsepower into its 3.50 x 2.36 x 0.63 inches (89 x 60 x 16mm) frame, thanks to the Atom E6xx-based Topaz single board computer (SBC).

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