July 22, 2008 The popularity of so-called subnotebooks such as the Asus Eee PC has led to PC maker CherryPal releasing a low-spec, low-cost desktop computer called the CherryPal C100. CherryPal have dubbed the C100 a “cloud computer” as instead of accessing programs and data from the desktop computer, the majority of information is processed and stored on the web in a secure environment called the CherryPalCloud.
The company claims the CherryPalCloud, which is automatically accessed at boot-up, removes many of the headaches typically associated with traditional personal computers, including application downloads, software upgrades and crashing operating systems. The system also protects users from viruses and hackers because the user’s hardware is no longer exposed to local bugs and viruses and because the majority of cumbersome software applications are stored in the CherryPalCloud they claim the computer operates just as fast – if not faster – than a traditional PC. The cloud set up allows CherryPal to generate revenue through advertising, which will be rolled out later this year, however CherryPal stress their technology does not allow anyone to view any information about its customers.
CherryPal’s operating system is based on a version of open source Debian/GNU Linux that has been highly customized; the browser is based on a version of open source Firefox and supports all major browser plug-ins including Adobe Flash 9. The user applications currently available are the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, iTunes, a CherryPal-brand media player that supports all common file formats and a CherryPal-branded instant messenger that supports all common IM programs with more programs to be added on an on-going basis. The current storage limit is initially set at 50 gigabytes, although CherryPal says the limit will likely be increased in the future.
CherryPal are also touting the unit as the most energy efficient desktop computer available due to the fact it has no moving parts, contains 80 percent fewer components and uses only two watts of power. It is powered by a Power Architecture-based processor – the Freescale MPC5121e mobileGT processor – which allows for built-in graphics and audio processing. It also includes 256MB of DDR2 DRAM, a 4GB NAND Flash-based solid state drive, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, two USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100 Ethernet with RJ-45 jack, VGA DB-15 display out jack and headphone stereo audio out 3.5mm jack in a 1.3” high, 5.8” x 4.2” wide case that weighs in at 10 ounces.
The CherryPal C100 is currently available for pre-orders in the US with a retail price of US$249 with shipping of orders to begin at the end of July. It requires no monthly subscription fee and no other hidden costs. CherryPal also offers a free 24/7 helpline.
For further info visit CherryPal.