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Processor Name "05/08"Processor Frequency "999.93 MHz"Memory 514 MB3 USB DrivesWired Ethernet Port
Resolution 1280 x 1024 Pixels
Audio Adapter HDA-Intel - HD - Audio GenericInput DevicesAT Translated Set 2 keyboardPS/2 Generic MousePC Speaker
SCSI DisksATA SD8GB RDC SDNetwork Interfaces
(Wireless network card built in)Operating System
Linux 188.8.131.52 (i586) (Puppy Linux)
We did not decide to sell this computer because we thought it would serve the community better.Our moderators will determine the best idea submitted in this thread, and we will ship this computer to the forum member, provided that he or she lives in the continental U.S.
Updated 07-26-2010 at 12:40 PM by Heather
Local Baltimore Tech Guru and CNN commentator, Mario Armstrong, covered the mp3Car community and Justin Riley's iPad vehicle dock on CNN this morning. Video link here.
Updated 07-25-2010 at 10:23 PM by optikalefx
What is it?
The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio is a USB device which allows FM and DAB broadcast to be controlled and played through a computer.
The Verdict: The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM USB Radio is a solid solution when searching for an FM capable radio device. The fact that it is controlled and powered but only usb means its easy to install and less susceptible to interference in a car computer setup. You wont get digital FM broadcast, nor AM radio, but the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio worked every bit as well as an OEM radio deck.
What's in the box?
The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio comes with the radio module and a USB cable. It should be noted that the device does not come with an SMB to motorola cable which is needed to connect the Venice 7 to a car antenna in the US.
The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio is the latest in radio devices to hit the car pc arena. Its true claim to fame is the fact that it carries both FM and DAB broadcast within the same unit. There have been other devices on the market which have this feature, but the Ultimate Radio's reception quality rivals after-market head unit reception quality. No, it doesn't have digital or "HD" FM capabilities, but in all honesty, the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio sounds every bit as good as my HDRadio, and it has a smaller footprint as well.
Another key feature of the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio is the fact that its powered by only a USB cable. Again, there have been other devices which have been USB-only, but none that I've experienced can match the sound quality of the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio. The obvious benefit to being powered by USB is the ease of installation. To get the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio radio working you simply need to connect the USB to your computer. The drivers are windows standard drivers, so no CD or download is necessary. After the driver installation, connect your factory antenna to a SMB to Motorola adapter cable (not included) for FM signal. The last step simply involves running a 3.5mm patch cable(also not included) from the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio device to the line-in on the computer. Sadly, there's no USB-over-audio applied.
Once the radio is installed, its just a matter of finding a program for the computer to manage it. Impressively enough, there are already plugins for both RideRunner and Centrafuse front ends available prior to the formal release of the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio. There's also a standalone application available from the designers website. All applications for the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio are built to manage both the FM and DAB radio functions of the unit.
• High-quality sound in FM mode (could not test DAB)
• Both DAB and FM work through 1 antenna port
• Smaller than most high quality radios available
• USB controlled and USB powered. Installation is a breeze
• No casing
• Lacks AM radio
• May require purchasing extra accessories
The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio USB radio is a solid solution when searching for an FM capable radio device. The fact that it is controlled and powered but only usb means its easy to install and less susceptible to interference in a car computer setup. You wont get digital FM broadcast, nor AM radio, but the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio sounds every bit as well as an OEM radio deck.
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Input : VDC to 30 VDC
Min input operating voltage: 5.7 V
Max input operating voltage: 30 V
Startup voltage :8 V
Deep-discharge shut down voltage: 10.6 V
max.: 5 V@10 A, 3.3 V@10 A, 12 V@4 A,-12 V@0.15 A & 5 VSB@1.5 A
Output Voltage：140 W
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Weight NW: 118 g
Storage Temperature -40ºC ~ 125ºC
Operation Temperature -20ºC ~ 85ºC
Dimensions 45 mm X 160 mm
Updated 07-20-2010 at 06:41 PM by optikalefx
NASIOC and mp3Car team up to offer a contest on the NASIOC forums. The forum member to post the best DIY write-up about a car audio setup, install, build, or system design will win a free Lilliput EBY701-NP/C/T to begin their in vehicle computing project.
See the NASIOC Contest Thread HERE. Get involved to see if you can claim the free Lilliput!
Updated 07-14-2010 at 01:52 PM by Jensen2000