Space Cube: The Two Inch Square Computer

Space Cube: The Two Inch Square Computer

Range Govindan
Aug 28, 2008

The two inch square Space Cube computer is a first in small form factor. It's smaller than a cup or an apple, yet packs a punch. This is what the future of computing will be, extremely small and portable computers that weigh barely more than a cup of coffee.

The Space Cube comes with a 300 MHz processor, 16MB of flash memory, 64MB of SDRAM and a 1GB CompactFlash card loaded with Red Hat Linux. There is a single USB port on the outside, VGA, Ethernet port, RS232 port, a mic and speaker plugs. The Space Cube is powered by a 5V plug.

The most important port is the Space Wire port, a proprietary interface used by the space agencies, such as ESA, NASA and JAXA, for when the Space Cube actually goes into space. The Space Cube was built for the computing needs of orbital and space vehicles.

The Space Cube will be available soon in Japan for about $2700. The initial estimate was around $325, but the Space Wire port makes the little thing a lot more expensive. Thankfully, most of us don't need it and hopefully a consumer version will come without the port.

[via CrunchGear, photos by PC Pro]

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