With the following features, the Dreamplug follows on from the Guruplug, and Sheevaplug.
- Marvell Sheeva core 1.2GHz speed
- Linux 2.6.3x Kernel
- 512MB 16bit DDR2-800 MHz
- 1 GB on board micros-SD for kernel and root file system
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports (Host)
- 1 x eSATA 2.0 port -3Gbps SATAII
- 1 x SD socket for user expansion/application
- WiFi 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth BT2.1 + EDR
- Audio Interfaces
- Headphone (analogue) out x 1
- Fiber Optics (SP/DIF) out x 1
- Jtag and Uart connections for external module
- 5V3A DC power supply
More pictures, and our thoughts after the break.
Priced at £135 and available for pre-order from NewIT
GS are clearly keen not to encounter the same problems that initially plagued the guruplug, and have made the power supply a removable unit.
However in an attempt to reduce the plug to a small size, they’ve also put connections on the sides of the plug, rather than the bottom.
In the long term, this can only lead to problems caused by cable strain on the connectors.
The move to use microSD for the internal flash memory is good, allowing for replacement due to wear over time. The addition of both analog and digital audio out, clearly makes the plug suitable as an audio media player.
At £135 from NewIT (pre-order only) it’s £20 more than a GuruPlug (available here ) we’d be interested to hear readers comments on the design of this new plugtop, and what applications they can see it being used for.