Can anyone recommend an Embedded computer board or chip?
I am looking to build an embedded Linux-based computer, and I was wondering if someone could recommend a good embedded board to get me started?
Cost is more of an issue than processing power, but I do need more flexibility than I get with a standard microcontroller. It also has to be small (about a foot square or less; the smaller the better) and lightweight (around 300g max).
The ability to plug in a monitor/mouse/keyboard isn't required, but it does have to interface with external (serial, 5V, 1kHz) hardware. Wireless Ethernet would be an advantage (but I could always hook it up to a radio transceiver).
It's going to be battery-powered and used in an enclosed space, so heat dissipation is an issue.
I'm sure I read somewhere that someone (Intel?) had managed to get an entire basic 386 motherboard/CPU onto a single chip that didn't even need a heatsink (but I can't find any reference to this on the web); something like that could be ideal.
[ EDIT: I have looked at lots of single-board computers out there but most seem to be too overspecified for my needs. I really do just want a processor, a few hundred kbs of non-volatile storage space for a program, some RAM, glue logic, and serial (& maybe wireless ethernet) I/O. I don't want to have to pay more for bells and whistles that just take up board space, generate heat, and won't get used. ]
Can anyone recommend such a board?
Thanks in advance,
— Robert J. Lee
Last edited by rjlee; 08-10-2004 at 03:26 AM.