CuBox-M: A tiny mini-PC that supports machine learning, natural language processing, Android and Linux
SolidRun has announced a mini-PC that rivals the size of devices like the LarkBox. While the latter runs on an Intel processor, SolidRun has equipped its mini-PC with an NXP i.MX 8M processor, along with up to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The CuBox-M is available in two variants, although both have a quad-core i.MX 8M Plus chipset and 8 GB of eMMC flash storage.
The cheapest of the two costs US$99 and comes with 1 GB of RAM, with SolidRun charging US$160 for 4 GB of RAM and Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity. All models come with a Gigabit Ethernet connection though, and two USB 3.0 ports for connecting peripherals. Meanwhile, an HDMI 2.0 port handles video output; SolidRun has included a microSD card reader and a micro USB port, too.
Additionally, SolidRun states that the CuBox-M can handle natural language processing via its Cadence Tensilica HiFi 4 DSP. The company adds that the machine runs Android 10 and Linux distributions using Linux kernel 4.9. SolidRun is also developing an Android 11 port, for reference. The 50 x 50 x 50 mm device can be configured with PoE support too, albeit as a US$21 surcharge.