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Compact, low-cost Linux box runs Debian/ARM

Aug 30, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Taiwanese embedded specialist Embedian has launched a line of compact, low-power, “embedded box computers” built around the company's ARM-based single-board computers (SBCs). The EBC-7000 incorporates the company's APC-7110 SBC, hard drive, and… power supply, and comes with a 2.6.13 Linux kernel and Debian-based filesystem.

(Click for larger view of the EBC-7000)



EBC-7000 front and rear views

The device can be used standalone, or can be embedded within some larger device that requires embedded control or computing.


The internal APC-7100 SBC
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The fanless system consumes around 2 W of power, typically, and is based on a Samsung S3C2440A SoC (system-on-chip) with a 32-bit ARM20T Core, clocked at up to 400 MHz, Embedian says. Memory on the internal SBC includes 128MB of SDRAM, 0.5MB of NOR flash, and 32MB of NAND flash with “dual BIOS” support. Other key features on the system's internal SBC include a graphics controller that can drive dual LCDs and CRT monitors at up to 1024 x 768 resolutions, 100 megabit Ethernet, four USB host ports, various other input/output ports, and CF Type I/II slots.

In addition to the Linux kernel and Debian-based embedded filesystem, the system environment includes X11, Qt, and KDE, Embedian says. Furthermore, “every attempt has been made” to keep the environment source-level compatible with x86 systems, for easier migration of standard open-source and custom-developed applications.

Availability

The EBC-7000 series systems are available now, priced from $189 including a 40G hard disk. An “evaluation kit,” which includes technical support, is available for $2,000, Embedian says.

Further details and photos of the internal SBC can be found in our earlier coverage of the APC-7110 SBC.


 
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