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Hardware News   Hardware News : Very little plug-computer
   posted by Ferry on 25-Feb-2009 17:27:03 (2560 reads)
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Marvell has just announced that they'll be making the SheevaPlug dev kit available. This is the platform that PogoPlug is based on, consisting of a 1.2GHz Kirkwood processor, 512MB flash storage, 512MB DRAM, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and USB 2.0. This bad boy supports many standard Linux 2.6 kernel distributions, and the whole thing plugs directly into a standard wall socket, drawing "less than one tenth of the power of a typical PC" while in use. Currently available for $99, the company says that it anticipates a price drop to $49 "in the near future."


Why not a Minimig like this one?

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Kicko 
Re: Very little plug-computer
Posted on 25-Feb-2009 20:35:06
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Why not an amigaone like this :D Call it amigahalf

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What is wrong with the Minimig?

Did you know that I have got the ARM controller on mine

AWESOME!

PS: The ARM controller replaces the PIC on the Minimig, it gives lots of nice, juicy things

Jakub is still working on its final version...soon to be announced, more on

minimig.net

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Run UAE on it - far better.


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These embedded processors, in my honest opinion, make me puke....

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so this is amiga related becouse you want a minimig like this??.... you know what we have a nice forum where you can express your thoughs and wants... news section should be for amiga news or amiga related news....


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Honestly I can't take any more "small", "embedded", "low power", "clean and green" cpus!

Give me some power! Dammit!


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Interesting concept, but what would I do with something like this?

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Run some kind of software, maybe UAE, but honestly I have had enough of this stuff! :)

Sorry I am in a bad mood

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If combined with PLC capabilities, this would rule the world.


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I'm with Hans, what would I use it for ? ? ? ?


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@ TheDaddy

Actually this thingie has some serious power. A lot more than a Minimig and I guess even more than a SAM440 (but haven't looked into the specs).
But OTHOH this is not 68k nor ppc- so nothing interesting for Amiga/MorphOS. Well, AROS might go ARM (see powerdeveloper project by mschultz).


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Whit out a display (PCIe), its not where useful.


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Run some kind of software, maybe UAE, but honestly I have had enough of this stuff!


Exactly. I'm done with the trend towards dinky little cigarette-lighter sized computer systems with all the horses of a PIII/600, embedded graphics that hearken back to the Trident ViRGE 3d "Decelerator" in terms of performance, with everything shoved into the smallest possible box you can find.

I say, if you want a computer that can fit in the palm of your hand, has low power overhead and can do basic computing, go buy a Palm IIIc off of eBay for a few bucks and leave the computing world to the big boys! :->

I want a computer I can expand, not have to throw away with the next leap forward in software architecture.

Palmtop/Nettop/Netbook sub-notebooks barely fit in my worldview. They, at least, hover around the edge of usefulness for students (assuming those students aren't students of design and prototyping with anything that has to plug into a PCI slot)!

*pats his mid-tower on his desk*


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@TheDungeonDelver

>>Exactly. I'm done with the trend towards dinky little cigarette-lighter sized computer systems with all the horses of a PIII/600, embedded graphics that hearken back to the Trident ViRGE 3d "Decelerator" in terms of performance, with everything shoved into the smallest possible box you can find.

Well said. I am with you


>>I say, if you want a computer that can fit in the palm of your hand, has low power overhead and can do basic computing, go buy a Palm IIIc off of eBay for a few bucks and leave the computing world to the big boys! :->

YES!


>>Palmtop/Nettop/Netbook sub-notebooks barely fit in my worldview. They, at least, hover around the edge of usefulness for students (assuming those students aren't students of design and prototyping with anything that has to plug into a PCI slot)!

POWER, POWER, POWER, POWER, POWER, POWER!


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Whit out a display (PCIe), its not where useful.


You're not being serious, are you?

This is not a drop-in replacement for your desktop. It's embedded device.

In other news: iPhone lacks of PCI-E, Nokia 800 has no RJ45 port!


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@all

I can think of one use; connect a USB 2.0 drive to it, and it would make an okay file-server. However, something like a Linkstation does that better. I didn't have much of a look at its specifications, but I don't remember seeing much about I/O capabilities. If it had an array of I/O pins for various purposes then it would make a decent embedded controller for various projects. Like Opi said, this is not meant to be a desktop, which is why it doesn't have a display.

I still don't see much point in this product. It seems like a solution in search of a problem rather than a solution to a problem.

Hans

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Cute.. but it'd be a heck of a lot cuter if it could use the power pins for communications.

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