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Marvell Plug Computer 3.0: The Tiny Linux Brick

By Jesus Diaz, on Tue, 05 Jan 2010 13:59:25 –0


If I had $1,000,000 I would buy 10,000 of these Marvell Plug Computer 3.0, with a 2GHz Armada 300 CPU, Wi-Fi, and Linux 2.6, and build myself a supercomputer. It's either that or cocktails.

But, is this computer or what others would think of as a server?  A server defined by Wikipedia is any combination of hardware or software designed to provide services to clients.

Marvell Unveils Plug Computer 3.0 With Integrated Wireless and Built-in Hard Drive

Powerful Microserver is bolstered with 2 GHz ARMADA Processor to drive the "Always-On Lifestyle"

A cooler picture of a plug computer 3.0 is on CES cnet live.

Marvell super-upgrades its Plug Computer

by Dong Ngo

The Plug Computer 3.0

(Credit: Marvell)

It's been just half a year since the first plug computer, the SheevaPlug, or the Plug Computer 1.0, was introduced, but Marvell is now ready to release the third generation of the product.

The company announced Tuesday at CES 2010 the Plug Computer 3.0, which it believes to be such an upgrade over the first one that it decided to designate it as the third (3.0) generation of the product, even though it's really the second.

The naming aside, the Plug Computer 3.0 seems indeed impressive. Sleek-looking and smaller than a deck of playing cards, the new mini computer is now much more powerful than the first generation. It's equipped with Marvell's brand-new ARMADA 300 processor, running at 2.0Ghz (as opposed to only 1.2Ghz of the Marvell Kirkwood processor that powers the SheevaPlug).

The new processor is also designed to use less energy and at the same time has better support for plug and play and streaming media. The Plug Computer 3.0 also offers many more options than the previous generation, including built-in storage and support for wireless networking and Bluetooth. And like the previous generation, it also has a built-in USB port and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The machine supports multiple standard Linux 2.6 kernel distributions, making it a great platform for application development.