Another mini-format computer has appeared in the IT environment. Its author is engineer George Hilliard. In terms of dimensions, the device is not the smallest PC in the world, but it costs less than three dollars, which probably gives it the status of the cheapest mini-computer.
The PC is made in the style of a business card and looks almost indistinguishable from it. At the thinnest point, the thickness of the device is about 1 millimeter, and at the location of the USB connector, it increases to 2 mm. Other mini-computers in single-board format, like the Raspberry Pi Zero, are slightly more expensive ($ 5), but they also have more functionality. At the same time, a computer stylized as a business card has its advantage over it. Hilliard's development has 8MB of on-board memory, while the Raspberry does not.
As conceived by the author, the mini-PC has two options for use. In the first case, they can replace the external drive. The second use case is directly as a computer. The development was based on the Allwinner F1C100s ARM chip, which was suitable for a business card computer in terms of its physical parameters and capabilities. The dimensions of the processor are 1x1 cm. It includes a 32 MB RAM module. According to the developer, the total weight of the software does not exceed 2.4 MB, and it takes 6 seconds to boot the system. The operating system is Linux.
The engineer said that while creating the smallest PC, he tried to select components that fit perfectly into his mini-format. The second important aspect was their cost, since the development had to become not only compact, but also as cheap as possible. For this reason, he opted for the F1C100s processor, the price of which is no more than one dollar, but in comparison with the original versions of the chips it has a smaller amount of RAM. The engineer posted all the details of creating a mini-computer along with the source code and circuit features on his blog.
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