One of the most striking tech trends of 2012 was the invasion of the tiny, inexpensive Linux PCs including the Raspberry Pi, the Cotton Candy, and increasingly innumerable others.

I fully expect this trend to continue throughout 2013, as I've said before, and this week we got some fresh tangible evidence suggesting that it will.

Specifically, Israel-based SolidRun on Thursday unveiled yet another tiny entry: the CuBox Pro, a diminutive device it calls the world's first ARM-based open source platform packed with a full 2GB of DDR3 memory.

Just 3 watts of power

Priced at $160, the CuBox Pro is actually a higher-spec version of the company's existing CuBox, a 2-by-2-by-2-inch PC SolidRun currently sells for $140 with 1GB of RAM.

Now, the Pro version packs twice the memory into a tiny box of the same size, still featuring low power consumption and weighing just 3.2 oz.

The fanless miniature computer is based on a Marvell Armada 510 SoC and includes an infrared receiver, gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a micro-SD slot. The 800MHz dual issue ARM PJ4 processor uses the latest 32-bit ARMv7 architecture and instruction set, SolidRun says.

Capable of 1080p full HD output over HDMI, the device uses just 3 watts of power. It's particularly suitable for use as a home media center, thin client, XBMC console, or even a simple, tiny desktop replacement machine, the company notes.

Ubuntu preinstalled

The CuBox Pro supports Linux-based distributions including Ubuntu, Debian, GeeXbox, and as well as Android.

Also with this new release, SolidRun introduces a new all-plastic housing for both the CuBox and CuBox Pro featuring a combination of high-polish and matte finishes.

Due to ship by the end of this month, the CuBox Pro comes with a 4GB microSD and Ubuntu preinstalled. Interested? You can now preorder the diminutive device on the SolidRun site.