Dreamplug

The Marvell based Pogo Plug was an interesting entry into the low power computing world, but it wasn’t what we would call a feature-rich solution and most of it partners didn’t do much with the platform. Now a company called Globalscale Technologies has taken things to the next level with the Dream Plug, an admittedly more expensive solution, but also one with a lot of added functionality.

The Dream Plug is based on the same Marvell Sheeva SoC, albeit a slightly faster version at 1.2GHz vs. 1GHz of the Pogo Plug and it offers both more and faster memory as it comes fitted with 512MB DDR2 compared to 256MB DDR memory. The built-in memory has also been boosted, although Globalscale has gone for 2MB of Flash for uboot and then an integrated 1GB micro SD card. Maybe not a super sexy solution, but it offers the potential for modders to add more internal memory at a later stage.

The Pogo Plug features a single Gigabit Ethernet port and a USB 2.0 port, while the Pro model added Wi-Fi, but the Dream Plug goes well beyond these specs with a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single eSATA 3Gbps port, an external SD card slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as well as a pair of 3.5mm jacks for audio out and mic input and even an optical S/PDIF out. There is also a pair of debut ports and the entire thing can be plugged into a standard wall socket. However, if you prefer not to have the Dream Plug stuck in a wall socket, the top half where the power connector and AC/DC converter are located can be slid off and connected via a supplied cable to the main unit.

On the software side of things the Dream Plug is similar to the Pogo Plug, as both can stream various forms of media files over the LAN connection and it’s of course running Linux. As the Dream Plug is more of a server, or at least a remote thin client, it’s not going to replace your desktop PC any time soon, but it’s a big step up in functionality over the Pogo Plug which has been one of the more interesting Marvell Sheeva plug-in computers to date. With an MSRP of US$149, the Dream Plug is about twice the price of the Pogo Plug Pro and three times as much as what you can pick up the original Pogo Plug for, but it’s still an affordable solution considering what’s on offer.

Source: GlobalScale Technologies