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Looking for controller, operating system, and network stack for an embedded system

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by Neil Bradley, May 4, 2004.

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    Neil Bradley Guest

    I'm working on a project at work that requires a new controller, operating
    system, a network stack, and a myriad of services (ssh, telnet, web,
    etc...). My desires are as follows:

    * 200-600Mhz operation (e.g. PowerPC 440EP and ARM XScale)
    * Instruction cache desirable
    * As many GPIOs as possible
    * At least 1 I2C bus
    * Ethernet
    * At least 16Mb of externally addressable address space
    * SDRAM Controller
    * LCD Controller
    * USB Client and host (1.1 is OK)

    I've already taken a close look at the PowerPC 440EP and the Intel XScale
    series of CPUs, but I want to make sure I'm not missing anything obvious or

    Regarding the software stack, I need (in pieces or as a complete package):

    * An operating system (have looked at ThreadX, MontaVista Linux, uCOS-II,
    eCOS, QNX, LynxOS)
    * A network stack, BSD API
    * Telnet server, DHCP client, DNS client, SSH server, HTTP (including PHP),
    FTP server, TFTP server,
    * Simple windowing API for the LCD screen (TinyX or a custom library is OK)
    * Drivers for the aforementioned hardware components
    * Flash file system
    * Remote firmware update capabilities using flash parts
    * IPMI 1.5 or higher stack desirable - a bonus

    Commercial, fee - does not matter provided that it meets our requirements.
    If you're a commercial company and have a product relevant to the above,
    please email me with details.


    Neil Bradley, May 4, 2004
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    Richard Guest

    * 200-600Mhz operation (e.g. PowerPC 440EP and ARM XScale)
    If you can live with an Intel/PC104/Industrial PC solution take a look at:

    I can highly recommend it (I have no connection with them). Client side USB
    will be the problem with this solution but I get around this using an I2C
    USB chip.

    Regards, Richard.

    Richard, May 5, 2004
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    Stephen Pelc Guest


    Do you want an embedded computer, or an embedded system, if you get my

    In our experience (we got bitten by the Intel SA-1110 withdrawal),
    CPU chips with integral LCD controllers are mostly designed for
    PDAs and tend to have short lifetimes for industrial products.
    The combination of on-chip Ethernet and LCD is also rare. For
    industrial use, the combination of CPU+Ethernet with an external
    LCD controller seems to give a hardware solution with lower
    product lifetime costs.

    Assuming that your response times are modest, you can always use
    an on-board bus to link the central controller to slaves for
    GPIO. Single chip 60MHz ARMs are cheap these days. Such an
    architecture also allows you to decouple the fast/hard real-time
    I/O from the nightmares of predicting worst case interrupt
    latency and jitter on a SDRAM/cached/MMUed/multitasking *computer*.

    Perhaps I'm just feeling grumpy this morning. More caffeine needed!

    Stephen Pelc,
    MicroProcessor Engineering Ltd - More Real, Less Time
    133 Hill Lane, Southampton SO15 5AF, England
    tel: +44 (0)23 8063 1441, fax: +44 (0)23 8033 9691
    web: http://www.mpeltd.demon.co.uk - free VFX Forth downloads
    Stephen Pelc, May 5, 2004
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