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'[OT] small form factor SBC (gumstick?)'
2007\08\13@114034 by alan smith

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Somewhere...I was reading about a small form factor SBC that runs linux, and it was touted as either the size of a package of gum...or something like that.  Anyone recall what this is? I am looking for a small form factor SBC, hopefully around $75 or so
     
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2007\08\13@115146 by Michael Rigby-Jones

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>Somewhere...I was reading about a small form factor SBC that
>runs linux, and it was touted as either the size of a package
>of gum...or something like that.  Anyone recall what this is?
>I am looking for a small form factor SBC, hopefully around $75 or so
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http://www.gumstix.com/

Regards

Mike

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2007\08\13@121255 by Marcel Duchamp

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gumstix

alan smith wrote:
> Somewhere...I was reading about a small form factor SBC that runs linux, and it was touted as either the size of a package of gum...or something like that.  Anyone recall what this is? I am looking for a small form factor SBC, hopefully around $75 or so
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2007\08\13@132155 by Marc Nicholas

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As others pointed out, they're called "Gumstix".

I have a couple and they really are the size of a pack of gum if you just
want the processor board. However, several of the expansion boards are
considerably bigger than that form factor.

The Verdex line are the newer of their offerings...I have the 6XLP which has
128Mbytes of SDRAM and 64Mbytes of Flash and cruises at over 600MHz. They're
based on the Maverick XScale chipset.

They run a customized Linux environment (if you were hoping for a particular
"distro" you're S.O.L.) that you can add your own packages too -- assuming
that you've got a reasonable amount of Linux experience, and are prepared to
get your hands dirty.

I'm pretty happy with mine. I'm actually looking forward to the new
expansion board that has Wifi and micro SD on a card the same form factor as
the CPU card.

Oh, finally...its worth getting one just to see how tight and complex of a
board you can design in Eagle! While the main processor board schematics and
board layouts aren't publicly available, all the data for the expansion
boards is.

-marc

On 8/13/07, alan smith <micro_eng2spamKILLspamyahoo.com> wrote:
>
> Somewhere...I was reading about a small form factor SBC that runs linux,
> and it was touted as either the size of a package of gum...or something like
> that.  Anyone recall what this is? I am looking for a small form factor SBC,
> hopefully around $75 or so
>
> ---------------------------------
> Got a little couch potato?
> Check out fun summer activities for kids.
> -

2007\08\14@175244 by alan smith

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Just wanted to say thanks and appreicate the quick response to those who posted a reply.  I was close on the name :-)

Marc Nicholas <.....geekythingKILLspamspam.....gmail.com> wrote:  As others pointed out, they're called "Gumstix".

I have a couple and they really are the size of a pack of gum if you just
want the processor board. However, several of the expansion boards are
considerably bigger than that form factor.

The Verdex line are the newer of their offerings...I have the 6XLP which has
128Mbytes of SDRAM and 64Mbytes of Flash and cruises at over 600MHz. They're
based on the Maverick XScale chipset.

They run a customized Linux environment (if you were hoping for a particular
"distro" you're S.O.L.) that you can add your own packages too -- assuming
that you've got a reasonable amount of Linux experience, and are prepared to
get your hands dirty.

I'm pretty happy with mine. I'm actually looking forward to the new
expansion board that has Wifi and micro SD on a card the same form factor as
the CPU card.

Oh, finally...its worth getting one just to see how tight and complex of a
board you can design in Eagle! While the main processor board schematics and
board layouts aren't publicly available, all the data for the expansion
boards is.

-marc

On 8/13/07, alan smith wrote:
>
> Somewhere...I was reading about a small form factor SBC that runs linux,
> and it was touted as either the size of a package of gum...or something like
> that. Anyone recall what this is? I am looking for a small form factor SBC,
> hopefully around $75 or so
>
> ---------------------------------
> Got a little couch potato?
> Check out fun summer activities for kids.
> -

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