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Small ARM board running capable of running Linux

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by Don Gravos, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. Don Gravos

    Don Gravos Guest

    I am looking for small embedded ARM board with ethernet+USB+multiple
    RS232+general purpose parallel I/O lines+multiple channel ADC+realtime clock
    and capable of running Linux. (Am I sking too much?)
    Do you know ARM board with these specs?
    Don Gravos, Sep 13, 2005
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    Richard Guest

    The new AT91SAM7X comes close, but no Linux. Other OS's however. See


    Richard, Sep 13, 2005
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    Richard Guest

    Richard, Sep 13, 2005
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    Tim Auton Guest

    A Gumstix, plus an EtherStix and a Robostix or Audiostix expansion
    boards would give you everything but the realtime clock. The serial
    ports are TTL level though, not RS232. The Robostix board has on
    on-board AVR which provides multiple GPIO and ADC, the Audiostix
    provides fewer A/D and GPIO but saves you having to write for two
    platforms (and you get audio - hence the name).

    It is small (very small) and runs Linux out of the box.


    Tim Auton, Sep 13, 2005
  5. embededarm.com - pretty much everything you need. You will need a
    daughterboard or two.
    Captain Dondo, Sep 13, 2005
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    Chris Hills Guest

    Why running Linux? Takes up a lot of room and adds a layer of

    Just program the board most embedded systems don't have an RTOS anyway.
    Chris Hills, Sep 13, 2005
  7. How about the VCMA9? http://www.mpl.ch/t2730.html

    I've used them, although with Nucleus rather than Linux, and they seem quite
    Dave {Reply Address in.sig}, Sep 13, 2005
  8. I like the Gumstix, but they only have USB client.

    I just ordered a Linkxys NSLU2. While this would still need
    something else for ADC and GPIO, it has Ethernet and 2 USB
    ports. It also has 1.5 serial ports (one of them is read

    And yes, Linux runs on it.

    D. Jay Newman, Sep 13, 2005
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    Alex Gibson Guest

    Alex Gibson, Sep 14, 2005
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    Alex Gibson Guest

    You mean uclinux or linux ?
    How much do you want to spend ?

    Usb host or just usb for programming / or usb to serial ?

    www.gumstix.com as others have said.

    Otherwise uclinux especially with arm7

    Maybe one of the many lpc2xxx based boards

    www.olimex.com/dev makes a few but not with all the features you want
    buy from sparkfun.com as can order online without faxing credit card details


    http://www.olimex.com/dev/cs-e9301.html this one may meet your
    when its available


    Blackfin stamp US$169
    500MHz BF533, 128MB sdram , 4MB flash , 10/100 ethernet
    but no usb
    buy from digikey


    no ethernet (could use an edtp.com packet whacker)
    download gcc port and app notes etc from sharp
    need a free login for the gcc port

    Alex Gibson, Sep 14, 2005
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    Tim Auton Guest

    Oops, just noticed the USB requirement. Yes, the Gumstix folks are
    taking their time over sorting USB host. It's in the pipeline
    allegedly, but I'm not holding my breath.

    Tim Auton, Sep 14, 2005
  12. Different parts of the board have different IO levels; 8 pins are 3.3V;
    others are 5V. You will need opto-isolators or similar in the real
    world (but don't you always?) You can also get daughter boards with 5V DIO.

    I have one in hand and am building the power supply as we speak. Nice
    unit, tiny, but I have a bunch of work to do before I start playing with
    it - need to build a DIN rail mount for it, etc.
    Captain Dondo, Sep 14, 2005
  13. www.cogcomp.com : CSB637
    www.mechatronicbrick.dk could do the job with the right motherboard.

    Both have Ethernet, USB Host + Client, 2 UARTs (chips got 4)
    SPI, I2C , GPIO, RTC. No ADC on the mech'brick AFAIK.
    A. P. Richelieu, Sep 14, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    There is a growing movement to use one of the wireless routers (like a
    linksys wrt5x?) which is an arm based Linux with a wireless capability
    built in. There are also hardware hacks to add serial ports on the web
    .... and other mods available. This for about $40USD, with power wart,
    enclosure, antenna and all that ... google is your friend ...

    Guest, Sep 14, 2005
  15. CM-X255 or CM-X270W from Compulab, starting around $50 ? Cf
    Robert Lacoste, Sep 15, 2005
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    Don Gravos Guest

    Do they run Linux?
    Don Gravos, Sep 15, 2005
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    larwe Guest

    CM-X255 or CM-X270W from Compulab, starting around $50 ? Cf
    Yes, but that $50 is a bogus price, it's a few thousand dollars to get
    set up and the $50 is only for a mini module that requires a baseboard
    to get any actual functionality.
    larwe, Sep 15, 2005
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    Alex Gibson Guest

    For full linux

    Etrax from Axis http://developer.axis.com
    More recent chips can run a default 2.6 linux kernel

    The ETRAX 100LX Multi Chip Module includes the ETRAX 100LX SoC plus 4 MB
    Flash, 16 MB SDRAM, Ethernet Transceiver, etc. This chip is ideal for
    Ethernet-connected Linux systems.

    a.. 4 asynchronous serial ports
    a.. 2 synchronous serial ports
    a.. 2 USB ports Host 1.1
    a.. 2 Parallel ports
    a.. 4 ATA (IDE) ports
    a.. 2 Narrow SCSI ports (or 1 Wide)


    http://www.acmesystems.it/ A nice small board , and its 5V tolerant

    Alex Gibson, Sep 15, 2005
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    Sergio Masci Guest

    I had a look at axis a little while back but I couldn't find any info on
    the MIPS rating. Also I found that the 10/100 Ethernet is slugged to a max
    2 (or 2.5) MB/s. Somthing to do with the USB interface.

    Sergio Masci

    http://www.xcprod.com/titan/XCSB - optimising PIC compiler
    FREE for personal non-commercial use

    Sergio Masci, Sep 15, 2005
  20. A little correction : they are effectively starting arount $50 in volume
    orders (1K), see their prices on their web site. These kind of modules are
    COM, meaninf effectively that they are designed to be fitted, like a
    component, on your application PCB. So yes a baseboard is needed, but it
    could be either a standard one (PC104 or ATX, around $30-$40), or your own
    application PCB.

    Robert Lacoste, Sep 15, 2005
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