[Tiny-tux] pc/104

jim jim at systemateka.com
Mon Dec 13 19:48:32 UTC 2010

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On Mon, 2010-12-13 at 11:39 -0800, Corey McGuire wrote:
> Several of us are involved with the Robotics Project "Orb-Swarm" and
> for that, we use a TS7800, which is a PC-104 board.  We have several
> of these boards and our own PC104 daughter boards that control various
> realtime operations on the orbs. 
> These boards are expensive and the support is frustrating.  Lots of
> people online have been trying crack this nut.  It's one of those
> things where it would be nice to have a volume of knowledge before we
> tackle them again. 
> I can't recommend these boards yet because, though they are stable and
> solid, they don't have a community behind them and the company
> certainly isn't helpful.  If there are other options, I know we'd all
> be interested in looking at them.
> On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 11:27 AM, jim <jim at systemateka.com> wrote:
>           anyone got tho'ts on PC/104?
>         http://www.pc104.org/
>           briefly, if you haven't worked with this, it's a spec
>         for a form factor and interconnect bus.
>           a pc/104 system typically comprises a power supply
>         card, above which is a CPU card, above which is a
>         storage card, above which may be more cards.
>           each card is 5.25 inches on each side and supports
>         a bus that extends vertically to allow inter-card
>         communication. the form factor specifies locations for
>         stand-offs near each corner.
>           typical systems have standard pc chipsets (display,
>         ethernet, wifi...) and can run linux, have low power
>         requirements, and are suitable for remote locations in
>         hermetically sealed housings.
>           design mentality is basically that of a laptop.
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