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Dell, one of the largest suppliers of personal computers in the world, has begun to ship its credit-card-sized device that can turn any screen with an HDMI input into a personal computer running Google Android operating system to beta testers. The product should cost around $100 and will eventually compete with gadgets like Google’s Chromecast device.

Code-named project Ophelia, the device looks like a big USB drive, but it packs much more than just NAND flash storage. Project Ophelia functions as a multipurpose Citrix or VMware thin client, a web client for web-based apps or a stand-alone device for local apps and content. It includes the Android OS for access to thousands of apps in the Google App store. With Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager software as a service, companies can manage permissions and access for Project Ophelia devices based on role, department and location. This enables users to securely access and share work applications, presentations and content when away from the office.

Dell’s Ophelia is powered by Rockchip RK3066 (two ARM Cortex-A9 cores clocked at up to 1.60GHz, Mali 400 graphics engine, memory controller, etc.) system-on-chip and is equipped with 1GB of RAM, NAND flash solid-state storage, microSD card slot, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. The system runs Google Android 4.1 operating system and can be plugged to almost any display with HDMI or MHL ports, providing ultimate flexibility. The zero-battery Project Ophelia receives power through a monitor’s MHL port or separately via its own USB interface. No need to lug around extra batteries or charging equipment.

Project Ophelia is expected to cost around $100 and be commercially available sometimes during the next fiscal quarter, which runs from August through October, reports PCWorld.

Thanks to Google Android operating system, Dell’s Ophelia will be able to address consumers and allow them to turn their TVs into almost fully-fledged personal computers with media streaming and gaming capabilities. At the same time, thanks to support for Citrix or VMware thin client and Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager software as a service, Ophelia can also become a solution for commercial companies looking to enable maximum flexibility for employees.

Whether or not Dell’s project Ophelia gains popularity is something completely unknown. But with the arrival of gadgets like Chromecast and Ophelia a trend on the market of ultra-portable systems is rather evident.

Tags: Dell, Ophelia, Wyse, Citrix, VMware, Google, Android

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0 3 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 08/02/13 03:59:43 AM]
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why spend $100 on an old alpha Dell Rockchip RK3066 dual (two ARM Cortex-A9 cores clocked at up to 1.60GHz, Mali 400)device with Only 1GB of RAM

when you can have the far more widely spread reference board and available Quad-core RK3188 (+ Quad-core Mali400 GPU up to 600MHz, OpenGL ES and OpenVG supported,with 2GB of RAM )Android Mini PC TV Sticks today for $87 or so
to name but one of Many
http://miniandroidpc.com/...-stick-bluetooth-4-8g-rom

or perhaps you prefer the allwinner A31 quad SoC instead today
http://blog.geekbuying.co...ickmini-pc-sample-review/

(AllWinner A31 quad core Cortex A7 + PowerVR SGX544MP2 dual core GPU
System Memory – 2GB DDR3 RAM)

and in case you where unaware, the latest Octacore(8 cores +8 GPU) SoC will be in retail very soon too, most likely to appear in the android TV sticks first on the initial commercial runs as usual.
0 2 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 08/02/13 03:27:51 PM]
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As far as I can tell the heart of Dell's value proposition here is manageability. That alone might be somewhat compelling to a "Dell shop" wanting to add this sort of thin client. The media streaming features almost looks like a "because we can" afterthought to me.

I also doubt that peak current draw for the octa-core SoCs you reference would fit within the USB/MHL limits. Even the RK3199 (Quad-A9 + Mali 400) based solution that you referenced draws 2A, which far beyond the 900 mA MHL limit. It is within the limits for a "charging-enabled" USB3 port, but even then only without simultaneous data.

Dell chose the RK3066 they so that they wouldn't need a wall wart, not [just] because they're cheap.
0 0 [Posted by: patrickjchase  | Date: 08/06/13 01:13:32 PM]
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(by Anton Shilov
Dell, one of the largest suppliers of personal computers in the world, has begun to ship its credit-card-sized device that can turn any screen with an HDMI input into a personal computer running Google Android operating system to beta testers.)


Anton, you perhaps need to redefine your view that this or anything like it is a credit-card-sized device LOL.

this is a real credit-card-sized device
http://www.phonearena.com...ized-SGH-P300-phone_id720

Samsung's credit card sized SGH-P300 phone
Posted: 27 Oct 2005, 15:11, by PhoneArena Team...


or perhaps you want a more modern version that also happens to be a Quad Core Cortex that's far better than the above Dell dual device OC

then look at the http://www.hardkernel.com....php?g_code=G135341370451


http://com.odroid.com/sig...es/201211291304301718.jpg
http://com.odroid.com/sig...es/201211271521204518.jpg

or the OSS freedreno Devs new quad core device as pointed out here
freedreno update:

http://bloggingthemonkey....e-drmkms-and-ifc6410.html

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
1.7 GHz Quad Core A15 class processing powered by Snapdragon™ S4 Pro APQ8064
Space-saving credit card size Pico-ITX production ready design
Full HD 1080p video and hardware accelerated graphics
Range of flexible peripherals, connectivity, storage & I/O
Completely functional Android and Linux board support packages
Industry leading low cost of $149

plus 10/100/1000bps Ethernet and minimal SATA

or even the latest
http://www.hardkernel.com...11/products/prdt_info.php might interest readers here rather than this antiquated Dell alpha Dual core stick in 2013/14

"ODROID-XU

The world’s first big.LITTLE architecture based bare-board computer.
• Exynos5 Octa Cortex™-A15 1.6Ghz quad core and Cortex™-A7 quad core CPUs
• PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU (OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenCL 1.1 EP)
• 2Gbyte LPDDR3 RAM PoP
USB 3.0 Host x 1, USB 3.0 OTG x 1, USB 2.0 Host x 4
• HDMI 1.4a output Type-D connector
• eMMC 4.5 Flash Storage"

$149.00

the only thing that lets this down is the closed PowerVR device as no ones working on an OSS port of that GFX device unlike the Mali and adrino
0 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 08/02/13 04:20:51 PM]
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I want a device like this that has dual-boot Android and Linux/Unix compatible OS. Those are more like connecting your smartphone to a monitor/TV with HDMI port and that's it...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 08/03/13 02:52:54 AM]
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