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Low power, small embedded Linux board with multiple serial ports

Started by Unknown September 14, 2004
I am looking a low power (less than 5watt), small embedded Linux board to be 
carried on a model airplane.

Linux box must have
    * Flash Disk (64-128MB)
    * 128-256MB memory
    * at least 3 serial ports (RS232)
    * a parallel printer port (to be used as digital I/O)
    * a wireless LAN (optional)

Can anybody help with this ?





On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 01:15:37 +1000, <Hans Umar> wrote:

> I am looking a low power (less than 5watt), small embedded Linux board to be > carried on a model airplane. > > Linux box must have > * Flash Disk (64-128MB) > * 128-256MB memory > * at least 3 serial ports (RS232) > * a parallel printer port (to be used as digital I/O) > * a wireless LAN (optional) > > Can anybody help with this ?
Presumably you also have some weight and size requirements?
On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 01:15:37 +1000, Han wrote:

> I am looking a low power (less than 5watt), small embedded Linux board to be > carried on a model airplane. > > Linux box must have > * Flash Disk (64-128MB) > * 128-256MB memory > * at least 3 serial ports (RS232) > * a parallel printer port (to be used as digital I/O) > * a wireless LAN (optional) > > Can anybody help with this ?
nano-itx should be out one of these days - see www.mini-itx.com
"ray" <ray@zianet.com> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 01:15:37 +1000, Han wrote: > > > I am looking a low power (less than 5watt), small embedded Linux board
to be
> > carried on a model airplane. > > > > Linux box must have > > * Flash Disk (64-128MB) > > * 128-256MB memory > > * at least 3 serial ports (RS232) > > * a parallel printer port (to be used as digital I/O) > > * a wireless LAN (optional) > > > > Can anybody help with this ? > > nano-itx should be out one of these days - see www.mini-itx.com >
Look for example http://www.linuxdevices.com I think that you can expect to consume far less than 5 W... Pygmi
Hans Umar wrote:
> I am looking a low power (less than 5watt), small embedded Linux board to be > carried on a model airplane. > > Linux box must have > * Flash Disk (64-128MB) > * 128-256MB memory > * at least 3 serial ports (RS232) > * a parallel printer port (to be used as digital I/O) > * a wireless LAN (optional) > > Can anybody help with this ? > > > > >
The TS-7200 is kind of fun. Though not exactly meeting your criterion, it could be a fun device for you to get into your project specification. It has 2 serial ports but can support USB serial ports. We are currently "playing with this". Find it at www.embeddedarm.com T.
In article <41470b19$0$5727$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au>,  <Hans Umar> wrote:
>I am looking a low power (less than 5watt), small embedded Linux board to be >carried on a model airplane.
[...req's snipped...] I know nothing about these guys other than what's on their website, but they seem to be aimed squarely at the lightweight-Linux-box niche: http://www.gumstix.com/products.html -- Wim Lewis <wiml@hhhh.org>, Seattle, WA, USA. PGP keyID 27F772C1
Anthony Marchini wrote:

> Hans Umar wrote: >> I am looking a low power (less than 5watt), small embedded Linux board to >> be carried on a model airplane. >> >> Linux box must have >> * Flash Disk (64-128MB) >> * 128-256MB memory >> * at least 3 serial ports (RS232) >> * a parallel printer port (to be used as digital I/O) >> * a wireless LAN (optional) >> >> Can anybody help with this ? >> >> >> >> >> > The TS-7200 is kind of fun. > Though not exactly meeting your criterion, it could be a fun device for > you to get into your project specification. It has 2 serial ports but > can support USB serial ports. > We are currently "playing with this". > Find it at www.embeddedarm.com > T.
This is a most excellent link. Thank you. -- ****************************************************************************** Registered Linux User Number 185956 FSF Associate Member number 2340 since 05/20/2004 Join me in chat at #linux-users on irc.freenode.net Buy an Xbox for $149.00, run linux on it and Microsoft loses $150.00! 8:29pm up 18 days, 20:42, 6 users, load average: 2.89, 2.94, 2.90
Jerry McBride wrote:

> Anthony Marchini wrote: >>> >>> >> >>The TS-7200 is kind of fun. >>Though not exactly meeting your criterion, it could be a fun device for >>you to get into your project specification. It has 2 serial ports but >>can support USB serial ports. >>We are currently "playing with this". >>Find it at www.embeddedarm.com >>T. > > > This is a most excellent link. Thank you. >
It is a rather neat board, I caught myself marveling at its capabilites then I remembered that I used to work at a company that 12 years ago ran a plant running 100 remote monitoring devices and handled 10 or more individual users on a wickedly fast (at the time) 386 compaq running at 33Mhz I think. Granted we had a 320 Megabyte hard drive, significantly larger than the one the 256CF card the development system on this board uses, but then we only had 3Meg of RAM in this thing , not 32Megabytes. Of course the serial ports were handled by dedicated serial concentrators, which significantly offloaded that work for the processor. Anyways, its a nice platform for development work. The www.gumstix.com product is interesting too (from another poster), only it doesn't appear to have a direct I/O capabilities, and it doens't have an Ethernet port. It is a lot more powerful. T.
In article <qWH3d.16$Xy5.6@fe61.usenetserver.com>, Anthony Marchini <a.marchini@mericonlokorDot.net> writes:
> Jerry McBride wrote: > >> Anthony Marchini wrote: >>> >>>The TS-7200 is kind of fun. >>>Though not exactly meeting your criterion, it could be a fun device for >>>you to get into your project specification. It has 2 serial ports but >>>can support USB serial ports. >>>We are currently "playing with this". >>>Find it at www.embeddedarm.com >>>T. >> >> This is a most excellent link. Thank you. >> > It is a rather neat board,
[snip] I fully agree. Does anyone know if any ARM boards with similar capabilities are sold at this kind of price within the UK ? Also, does anyone know when the nano-itx boards are actually going to start becoming available ? (It must be a year now since they were announced) Thanks for any information, Simon. -- Simon Clubley, clubley@remove_me.eisner.decus.org-Earth.UFP SCO: Proudly pushing Microsoft down to #2 on the list of most disliked companies
Simon Clubley wrote:

> In article <qWH3d.16$Xy5.6@fe61.usenetserver.com>, Anthony Marchini <a.marchini@mericonlokorDot.net> writes: > >>Jerry McBride wrote: >> >> >>>Anthony Marchini wrote: >>> >>>>The TS-7200 is kind of fun. >>>>Though not exactly meeting your criterion, it could be a fun device for >>>>you to get into your project specification. It has 2 serial ports but >>>>can support USB serial ports. >>>>We are currently "playing with this". >>>>Find it at www.embeddedarm.com >>>>T. >>> >>>This is a most excellent link. Thank you. >>> >> >>It is a rather neat board, > > > [snip] > > I fully agree. Does anyone know if any ARM boards with similar capabilities > are sold at this kind of price within the UK ? > > Also, does anyone know when the nano-itx boards are actually going to > start becoming available ? (It must be a year now since they were announced) > > Thanks for any information, > > Simon. >
Buy a bunch of them, ask for a deal and become an official distributor. And then keep a few for artistic play for yourself ;) Tony