Evelyn Lee

CHERRYPAL: World's Most Affordable Green PC

by , 06/26/08

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CherryPal is taking cloud computing mainstream in a big way with a soon to be released green personal computer. This green PC comes in a small, affordable package weighing just 10.5 ounces and consuming no more than two watts of power. The triple-core processor only has one fifth of the components of traditional computers, boots-up in 20 seconds, and promises to be faster than Vista and mac’s OS-X.

CherryPal had us doing our computer research to understand the power behind utilizing cloud computing. The PC contains only 4GB of flash storage, 256MB of memory, and a power architecture-based 400MHz Freescale mobileGT MPC5121e chip on a Linux operating system. To the everyday user, this means that most of the computer resources will be owned and accessed by a third-party provider in a data center – the type of service on demand similar to the way we program a Tivo. It also means that computer viruses will truly be a thing of the past for Cherrypal users.

For those of you who are a little more tech savy, here’s a more complete list of CherryPal’s Hardware:

  • Freescale’s MPC5121e mobileGT processor, 800 MIPS (400 MHz) of processing
  • 256MB of DDR2 DRAM
  • 4GB NAND Flash-based solid state drive
  • WiFi 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • One 10/100 Ethernet with RJ-45 jack
  • One VGA DB-15 display out jack
  • Headphone level stereo audio out 3.5mm jack
  • 9vDC 2.5mm 10 watt AC-DC adapter power supply
  • 10.5 ounces
  • 1.3″ high, 5.8″ x 4.2″ wide

Skeptics standby, CEO Max Seibold stands firmly behind his product believing it will not only deliver on energy savings and cost, but also on speed, making it “the most affordable, greenest computer on the market.” According to Seibold, CherryPal will be able to appease the music collectors, the gamers, and those looking for a simple to use word processor. While official pricing hasn’t been released yet, sources say to look-out for prices well under $400 sans the monitor, keyboard, and any additional accessories necessary to run the desktop. Look out for an early August release along with a laptop to follow in the near future.

+ Cherrypal

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10 Comments

  1. tc October 8, 2008 at 2:15 am

    I saw a even greener pc, you can check it out here http://www.greenworldcom.com

  2. PernMom September 30, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    This is interesting. I would like to know more.

    The Transaction Proscessing Performance Council is building a benchmark to authentically measure the power consumption of a computer. Perhaps CherryPal should check it out.

  3. macrumpton June 27, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    You are better off buying a used laptop and putting linux on it. Better because:
    Battery power, functional without net access, built in screen, and best of all no monthly fees or proprietary isp requirement.

  4. Pies June 26, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Um, I’m sorry to say this, but the only good thing about this “personal computer” is that it uses 10W of power although considering it will require some unnamed server(s) to operate, that 10W could turn out to be only a fraction of the real energy usage.

    Otherwise it’s an ridiculously underspecced and overpriced piece of garbage. Not to mention that since what you see on the picture is a render, it probably is and will always remain vaporware..

    For $500-$600 you can buy a real computer that will actually run applications you want to use, like EeePC or a Mac Mini. Seriously, Inhabitat, you embarrass me.

  5. rhastings June 26, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Great. Now put a screen on it.

  6. oijqwdoijqwd June 26, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    256GB of DDR2 DRAM? sign me up.

  7. blah June 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    and don’t forget about fit-pc! it has 2 nics, great for a little firewall.
    http://www.fit-pc.com

  8. tehkubix June 26, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    256GB of DDR2 DRAM? That’s quite a bit, is it supposed to be MB?

  9. willyyam June 26, 2008 at 10:38 am

    There are a number of this type of machine already in production – here’s another for Canadian and US customers:

    http://koolu.com/Koolu-WE-Appliance/Works-Everywhere-Appliance.html

    These will not satisfy gamers, however – these are great replacements for browsing/email/word processing, but not high-resolution gaming. The energy-conscious gamer should use a console with an low-wattage monitor or television.

  10. aurelien June 26, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Linutop looks like a better alternative, at least it is already available :

    http://www.linutop.com/linutop2/index.en.html

    Aurélien

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