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Old 07-18-2011, 05:43 AM   #1
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Question Compact, affordable, x86-based platforms?


Hello

I intend to sell a telephony application to professionals.

While some customers might prefer to save a bit of money and use their work PC, some might prefer to have a dedicated host to run it.

To have access to the maximum number of applications with the minimum headache, I'd rather use an x86-based platform.

Since digital processing is done by an external device, I'd like a slower and fanless CPU, and I'll probably use a CF card instead of hard-disk.

I know about the following options:

Do you know of other solutions?

Thank you.
 
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AMD Geode
 
Old 07-18-2011, 06:21 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tip. AMD is indeed used by PC Engines and Soekris.

I should have mentionned that ideally, I'd like complete, ready-to-use devices with a reasonable shelf life, so that I don't end up juggling with too many different hardware.
 
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Are you looking for a CPU/Mobo platform to build your own host or are you looking for the cheapest factory-built x86 machine you can find?

Something like the Foxconn NT425H-0H0W-W-AE ($130 USD at newegg.com)? Slap in a gig of DDR2, CF to SATA adapter and CF card (each of those items can be found for about $10 each). You're up and running with gigabit network card and B/G/N wireless in a very small footprint for well under $200. Sell it to your customers for $350-$400 and everyone is happy.
 
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I should have mentionned that ideally, I'd like complete, ready-to-use devices with a reasonable shelf life, so that I don't end up juggling with too many different hardware.
AMD Fusion is worth a look then. Intel Atom is also worth a look (slightly cheaper, slightly slower, uses slightly more power).

I dont know if I would even be looking at AMD Geode (too slow) or VIA (not quite as slow, but still slow, and not as cheap as they should be in my experience).
 
Old 08-26-2011, 06:34 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tips on AMD Fusion and that little Foxconn box. I'd rather it were factor-built so I don't waste time assembling the hosts.
 
  


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