In the Utilite mini-PC, if you're all about working with open-source software, small form factor, and more ports than you know what to do with, the team at Compulab may have created just the monster you're looking for. This week the creators of the Utilite have announced not only that the machine itself exists, but that they'll be selling it in different configurations starting at under $100 USD. The smallest of these works with a Freescale i.M6 single-core processor and will be aiming to be just about as basic as possible.
Inside this device will be working with support for up to 4GB of RAM - though you'll be working with less right out of the box - as well as 512MB built-in storage. There's an mSATA solid state drive slot for additional space, and a SDXC card slot for 128GB more. You'll also find four USB 2.0 ports and two RS232 serial ports. Don't forget the USB OTG (micro-USB connector) as well.
This device can also be configured with dual or quad-core processors. Like the company's other miniature oddities, MintBox, Fit-PC, and Tegra-based Trim Slice, this Utilite mini-PC aims to be as versatile as possible while remaining solid as a single-form machine. The whole beast remains 5.3″ x 3.9″ x 0.8″ (135mm x 100mm x 21mm) one way or the other.
The Utilite mini-PC can connect to devices wirelessly with 802.11b/g/n WiFi as well as Bluetooth 3.0, connecting to monitors with a HDMI out and single DVI port, the rest with S/PDIF and stereo audio jacks. You'll also find 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as an extremely laid-back design, with white plastic on the front and back of this unit and a dark gray along the top.
The whole system will work with between 3 and 8 watts of power - unbelievable for a system that could very well work as a central control point for your many multiple home network systems. It'll be up to you to decide what you'll actually be controlling with this exercise in simplicity.