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). 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.
i.MX6-based CuBox (2014)
|Common manufacturers||Marvell or Freescale Semiconductor|
11 December 2011
|Cost||99 euro (~US$135)|
|Processor||Marvell Armada 510 ARMv7 or i.MX6|
|Frequency||From 800 MHz and upwards|
|Memory||From 1 GB and upwards|
WMMX / WMMX2 SIMD
vMeta Video Decoder
Vivante GC600 GPU
Two XOR/DMA Engines and PDMA
PMU (Power Management Unit)
|Ports||HDMI 1.3 with CEC|
S/PDIF (optical output)
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|
|Dimensions||55 × 55 × 42 mm|
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.
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.
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.
They have also released a series of caseless i.MX6 models called the Hummingboard.
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.
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.
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