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[DPRG] linux/ARM system for $99?

Subject: [DPRG] linux/ARM system for $99?
From: Kipton Moravec kip at kdream.com
Date: Sun Oct 31 07:47:36 CST 2004

I looked at something similar with a Dragonball processor.  By the time I 
was finished my board cost more than a mini-ITX, and not as powerful. As a 
result I could not justify the cost.  Linux for a PC based system is much 
more established, and there is much more software that works out of the box.

The only downside for a mini-ITX is that it still needs multiple voltages.

The big upside is that there are a lot of peripherials and a lot of memory 
and a lot of  ways to interface using the PCI bus.


At 02:00 PM 10/31/04, you wrote:
> > > We've been working on a layout for a board for the
> > > AT91RM9200 for several months
> >
> > Do you have any more information on what you want the
> > board to be/do?
>This first prototype is large, or at least large compared to
>what we normally make. If it turns out to be a successful first
>board, we'll undoubtedly put it in the board shrinker. Lots of
>layers on this layout. Lots more if we shrink. Such seems to be
>the way of things these days.
>Our target for this board is a long standing desire to make what
>we call "an Ethernet Drop Point". We want a small board with
>TPCIP stacks and the ability the ability to serve at reasonably
>high rates. Hence the Ethernet interface. Also of interest to
>several of our customers is the USB host interface, although
>we're still cringing at the software support which must be
>required there. We're trying to bring all the I/O pins out on
>this board on the left side. We're grouping some as well to
>standard connectors on the right side. We have two DB9's for
>serial, the Ethernet and USB connections as well.
>We see this as a way to put embedded servers and controllers
>into embedded products and systems, without having to dedicate a
>laptop or palm, etc., which makes production difficult, since
>models change and features every few month. We hope to make a
>more stable platform which will be available many years into the
>We will have our own IsoMax(TM) and probably MPE's VFX Forth,
>and then an additional scripted server program from them. This
>is our minimum software expectation, which will do for most of
>our existing customer base. Of course a GNU port would be
>expected, and relatively easy given the ARM9 core. Other
>operating systems, perhaps, but that's too far ahead to say. We
>plan a January (or so) hardware release.
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