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Old 12-29-2005, 12:21 PM   #1
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Location: Bristol UK
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Recomended embedded linux hardware

I am looking for pre-built hardware to run linux on - but not a whole PC
something much cheaper/smaller/lower power/quieter.

A mini-IXT might be suitable but even that may be too big - certainly most
of ready-made cases are bigger than I would like.

I have two projects in mind:
1. Wireless Broadband router/firewall
PCMCIA slot - for ISP provided interface to roof antenna
(a 802.11b card with external antenna connection might do).
Ethernet(s) - for in-house network
Low-ish end CPU that will run linux e.g. AMD Geode / VIA Eden
or even a ARM or whatever.
Compact Flash or other "disk"

2. Media server
High(er) end CPU
perhaps TV-out
perhaps hard disk.

Ideal hardware would already be in a box that was ready for use
in a domestic setting - i.e. UK mains powered, probably via a "wall wart"
style power supply.
Old 12-29-2005, 10:19 PM   #2
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I don't know of anything that meets your exact requirements, however I'm using a demo board from IDT, comes with their embedded linux. The demo board I have was designed for people who are designing DSL modem hardware and software. It has some programmable FPGAs on board for that purpose. They have other demo boards as well.
This board was acquired by my employer, and I believe they cost around $1500.00 or so from IDT. This includes support and everything else you'd expect. Its actually pretty nice.
You can inquire by emailing
Old 12-30-2005, 04:15 PM   #3
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Thanks, that may be smaller/lower power but it isn't cheaper.
Google fond several these "demo boards".
In UK I can get a low-end PC for 400 which is about $700


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