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ECB_AT91: an ARM9 Free Hardware Design

Posted 17 Mar 2007 at 16:07 UTC by steve Share This

A recent Open Collector annoucement describes a new free hardware design for an ARM9 based single board computer (SBC) that runs Linux. The ECB_AT91 board is based on the Atmel AT91RM9200 processor, running at 180MHz, includes 64MB of SDRAM, 2MB of flash, a 10/100 ethernet port, USB 2.0 host port, and two serial ports. It also includes an SD slot, I2C port, 4 SPI pins, and JTAG support. The hardware design, including schematics, PCB layouts, and artwork, is licensed under the GNU GPL, which allows anyone to download, use, or modify the design or even make their own derivative works from it for any reason. The board runs the Debian GNU/Linux OS and is supported by the Open Embedded project development environment. If you're not interested in building the board yourself, you can also buy assembled and tested units. The board manufacturer is also planning to offer a complete robot based on the board. (If we can get our hands on one of these, expect a review)

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