Soul - The Smart Compute Device

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Powerful and a fully featured Intel Quad-Core powered Linux (Debian) and Android x86 Compute Device. Useful for both the home & the office.
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Mahesh Pawar
Technology
Alpharetta, Georgia
United States
3 Team Members

Updates - Please visit the updates tab to know more details about the product as well as the company behind the project.

Due to strong requests from everyone we will now be shifting to a standard board that will include many other additional features.

Please pre-order on right hand side.

In order to meet our price target per unit, we must achieve the manufacturer's order quantity of 10,000 Units hence we request you to help us meet the minimum order quantity.

30 day return policy will be made available in case of DOA and returns.

Quad-Core Smart Linux Compute Device

Soul is a multipurpose Linux Compute Device. It is a device that features that helps people explore mobile entertainment and computing in multiple dimensions. (games, films, music, internet, media editing, business works).

It features the best possible hardware at the lowest possible price which includes a Strong Quad-Core CPU from Intel, Solid State Drive for storage, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, Dual Display, Expandable RAM of upto 8GB.

Specifications

Motherboard

  • Intel Bay Trail  2.0 GHz (x86), Quad-Core Processor (64-bit), 2MB Cache
  • CPU supports SSE4.1, SSE 4.2, Security instructions and VT extensions 
  • Integrated HD 4000 Graphics supports encoding/decoding and upscaling
  • 1 x Mini PCI Express populated with WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1 x Mini PCI Express populated with 16GB SSD
  • 2 x SO‐DIMM Slots
  • Support DDR3L 1333MHz
  • Populated with 2GB Memory DDR3 1333MHz (Maximum 8GB)
  • 2 x SATA 3Gb/s Internal (Legacy IDE / Native IDE / AHCI appearance to OS)
  • 1 x 12V/19V Power Port
  • 1 x D‐Sub (VGA)
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4a goes upto 6.6 Gbps (1920x1200x24bpp @60hz)
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN RTL8111G
  • 1 x Microphone
  • 1 x Headphone/Speaker
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF‐out
  • 1 x Mini SD, SD, MMC
  • RoHS Compliant, FC, CE
  • AMI EFI BIOS

Case: 

Power Adapter:

  • Single 65W Adapter 

Integrated PoE:

  • 30 Watt Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Works with all IEEE standard complaint switches (switches may require configuration)

Operating System (Windows Compatible):

  • Debian Linux 7
  • Android x86 4.3

Product Models - For pre-order

Soul Standard ($149) = Motherboard + Case + Power Adapter

Soul Performance ($169) = Motherboard (with 4GB RAM) + Case + Power Adapter

Soul PoE ($197) = PoE Motherboard (with 2GB RAM) + Case + Power Adapter

Soul Ultimate ($199) = Motherboard (with 8GB  RAM + Intel 1Gbps Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) + Case + Power Adapter

*Motherboard includes storage, wi-fi, bluetooth, default RAM of 2GB

Features 

Power over Ethernet (PoE): Enables the entire device to power and run using just a single Ethernet cable

3D Gaming Experience: Supports Android™, HTML5 and with instruction-set support that allows running emulator games

Intel Havok™ Project Anarchy: Officially supports the complete free end-to-end mobile 3D game production engine which enables development and distribution of next generation games for free. No license costs of any kind.

Motion Sensing Input Devices: Seamlessly connect various hands free input devices including wireless keyboards and gamepads

Smart Internet TV and Media Streaming Center: Use it as platform for Smart TV, IPTV or as a Media Streaming Server

Car Entertainment PC: It has the performance needed to run everyday computing applications packed into a portable design, fits perfectly as a Car Entertainment system where desk space is limited and power is a constraint

Science and Technology Prototyping: It unlimited creativity for scientists and technologists, serving as a prototyping device in various fields like robotics, electronics and works equally well for the hobbyist.

Connect to App Stores: Multi architecture app compatibility ensures that it can connect to almost all kinds of open, well-defined app stores including Android™ and most Linux repositories.

Cloud Computing: Use it as a cloud node for building your own cloud infrastructure where PoE makes it the perfect Business Computing device

1 Gbps Wi-Fi: Built with the latest IEEE 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n standards, which enable speeds of nearly 1 Gbps over a wireless connection

Set-top Box/DVR: It can even be used as a Digital Video Recorder or a Set-top Box with the use of a low cost USB based DVB-T2/T/C tuner/demodulator

Dual OS: It supports dual OS - Debian Linux and Android (3d graphics pass thru)

Green Computing: Consuming only a few watts of power, it is still powerful yet Eco-friendly

Product Snapshot

We have already developed and tested the PoE functionality. The video below shows the functional prototype working on PoE.

In addition to Power over Ethernet (PoE), we have also tested the prototyping boards running directly on solar energy. This brings a new level of green concept with performance computing.

Making sure the bundled mobile and general operating systems are compatible with the large set devices out there, is the most difficult and a challenging task. It is a very much a work in progress.

Chassis design is a challenging issue where numerous parameters have to be taken into account however rest assured we have put the best of our efforts into it. We did work on a number of third-party chassis to test and validate the entire platform.


Case development in Autodesk Inventor

How will we achieve all this?

As such with every project there are risks and challenges.

We are currently tied up with Intel and Foxconn (which supports iPhone manufacturing).

There is significant validation and testing that needs to be done before taking it to the factory. Post validation and testing have to be completed.

Packing and shipping are crucial for such a complex piece of product.

We believe, with your backing and support, we should be able to achieve it as a team and together enjoy the amazing power of this device.

We are committed to support the Blender project, Havok's Project Anarchy and Android x86 projects.

Further to our idea of supporting opensource, we are ensuring that Soul works with the following operating systems. 

Changes and Accuracy of the Information Presented

There could be slight changes in engineering the mechanical chassis and its design, as we work hard towards optimizing the electronics. We may increase or decrease the rating/wattage of power adapter as suited to the motherboard.

However whatever features and technologies are presented are accurate and will be delivered as per the given timelines.

License, Copyright and Trademark Notice

All titles, content, publisher names, trademarks, artwork, and associated imagery are trademarks and/or copyright material of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Android and related items are trademarks of Google Inc. All rights reserved.

Havok, Project Anarchy and related items are trademarks of Havok Inc. All rights Reserved.

Linux and most GNU software are licensed under the GNU Public License (GPL). Other key components of a software system may use other licenses; and the implementation of the X Window System uses the MIT License.

The Blender logo is a copyrighted property of NaN Holding B.V, and has been licensed in 2002 to the Blender Foundation.

BlueMoon, BunnyPeople, Celeron, Centrino, Cilk, Flexpipe, Intel, the Intel logo, the Intel Anti-Theft technology logo, Intel AppUp, the AppUp logo, Intel Atom, Intel CoFluent, Intel Core, Intel Inside, the Intel Inside logo, Intel Insider, Intel NetMerge, Intel NetStructure, Intel SingleDriver, Intel SpeedStep, Intel Sponsors of Tomorrow., the Intel Sponsors of Tomorrow. logo, Intel vPro, Intel Xeon Phi, Intel XScale, InTru, the InTru logo, the InTru Inside logo, InTru soundmark, Iris, Itanium, Look Inside, the Look Inside logo, MCS, MMX, Pentium, Puma, skoool, the skoool logo, SMARTi, Sound Mark, Stay With It, the Engineering Stay With It logo, The Creators Project, The Journey Inside, Thunderbolt, the Thunderbolt logo, Ultrabook, VTune, Xeon, X-GOLD and XMM are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

The Debian Open Use Logo(s) are Copyright (coffee) 1999 Software in the Public Interest, Inc., and are released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 3 or any later version, or, at your option, of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

All licenses, copyrights and trademarks are the property of their rightful owners.


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