Tiny boards from 2006 and earlier, listed in alpha order

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Acunia Zingu — this 2.7 x 3.6 in. SBC is based on an Intel Xscale i80200 processor with up to 850 MIPS performance. Includes up to 128MB SDRAM and 32MB Flash, plus built-in controllers for video, UART, AC97 Audio codec, PCMCIA, and I2C. Power consumption is under 2.5W. details

ADS Bitsy — this 3 x 4 in. SBC is based on a 206 MHz Intel StrongARM SA-1110 processor (plus SA-1111 companion chip) and consumes just 450 mW. Includes: serial, USB, audio, digital and analog I/O, a Type II PCMCIA slot, plus a 1024 x 1024 resolution color LCD controller. details

Aleph One “Balloon” board — Aleph One is shipping a one-ounce, one-watt, 206MHz StrongARM-based single-board computer (SBC) that comes pre-installed with embedded Linux and features an “open source” hardware design. Aleph One encourages device designers to freely use the design, and contribute back implementation details useful to others. Aleph One says its “Balloon board” is ideal for use in contol systems, portable devices, wearable computers, instrumentation, and robotics. details.

AMC Technologies NETdimm — the NETdimm SBC module in AMC’s 5.25 x 1.5 in. dimmPCI form-factor, based on a Motorola Dragonball processor equipped with up to 32MB SDRAM and up to 8MB Flash, and with built-in controllers for Ethernet, an LCD, 2 serial ports, and an SPI port. Runs uClinux. Other versions are available which replace the NETdimm’s Ethernet and LCD functions with CANbus or digital and analog I/O.

AMD GX SOM-144 — Based on a Geode GX 533@1.1W processor, the Geode GX SOM-144 comes with an RDK that includes Linux drivers. It measures 4 x 2.7 inches (100 x 68mm), and targets applications where power, size, performance, and reliability are critical, AMD says. details

Arcturus Networks uCdimm, uCsimm — The soDIMM-sized (1.7 x 2.7 in.) uCdimm (details), pictured here, is based on a Motorola DragonBallVZ and provides 2 SPI interfaces, 2 RS232 ports, 22 digital I/O’s, up to 640×512 LCD control, and 10 Mbit Ethernet. The older “SIMM-sized” (3.5 x 1 in.) uCsimm SBC (details) is based on a Motorola DragonBall 68EZ328 with 2.7 mips performance, and includes: 2MB Flash, 8MB DRAM, 21 digital I/O, serial, I2C/SPI, 10 Mbit Ethernet, and a 640×480 LCD controller.

Axis Developer Board — a small form-factor SBC based on the 100 MHz Axis ETRAX 32-bit RISC system-on-chip processor. It is usable as either an ETRAX evaluation board or as a small embedded computer. Includes: 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, serial, parallel, RTC, 2MB Flash, 8MB DRAM, and 2KB EEPROM. details

C Data CompactFlash Computer — this tiny Linux-based computer fits entirely on a Type II CompactFlash (CF) card which can be mixed and matched with third-party CF-cards to create miniscule, modular Linux systems based entirely on CF cards. The module is based on a 66MHz Freescale MPC5272 SoC and includes 32MB SDRAM and 8MB flash, and runs uClinux. Details here and here

Cogent CSB637 — A tiny SBC that measures 1.75 x 2.5 (63.5 x 44.5mm), and is based on an Atmel AT91RM9200, a low-power SoC (system-on-chip) with an ARM920T core that Atmel says delivers 200 MIPS. The Cogent board supplements the Atmel microcontroller�s functionality, according to Direct Insight, offering interfaces that include 10/100 Ethernet MAC and PHY, USB, Dual SDIO, 4 UARTs, SSI, SPI, and CompactFlash Interfaces, an onboard LCD/CRT Controller. Also included are 64MB SDRAM and 8MB flash memory and an “efficient” 3.3V Regulator. details.

CompuLab ARMcore-GX — A tiny low-cost processor module based on a 400MHz Intel PXA255. The ARMcore-GX measures 2.6 x 1.7 inches (66 x 44mm) and costs $51 in quantities of 1,000, and is available with a PC/104 carrier board. details

CompuLab 586CORE — a tiny (3.1 x 2.4 in.) PC-compatible SBC based on the AMD Elan SC520. Includes: 16-64 MB DRAM, 1-136M Flash disk, 69000-based SVGA graphics, 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, USB, 2-4 serial ports, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, IrDA, 32 digital I/O, RTC, sound, IDE/floppy interfaces, plus ISA and PCI expansion buses. details

Cambridge Signal Processing (CSP) DSP Stamp — A 1-inch-square module based on a digital signal processor (DSP) that runs uClinux natively. The DSP Stamp comes preinstalled with a serial bootloader and uClinux, and a development board is also available. A Bluetooth camera reference design is expected Q4, 2004 details.

DDC Linux Rocket — Data Design Corp’s claims its micro-miniature SBC provides a powerful Linux system on a truly tiny board. Based on a PowerPC 405GPr processor clocked up to 400MHz, the “Linux Rocket” includes DDC’s custom PPC Linux kernel and flash filesystem, and targets kiosk, industrial monitoring and control, instrumentation, set-top-box, and vending machine applications. details

Digi International ConnectME/Picotux — A network-enabled Linux system barely larger than a standard RJ-45 Ethernet jack, “Picotux” is based on the DigiConnect ME module from Digi International, along with a 2.4.27 uClinux port developed by Hans Kleinhenz. details

Embedded Planet EP8260 — physically, this PowerQUICC II (MPC8260) based SBC matches the footprint of a PC/104 module (3.6 x 3.8 in.) is not considered a PC/104 module. Includes: up to 32MB Flash and 128MB SDRAM, 10/100 Ethernet, and a PCMCIA Type II slot. Expandable via the PowerPC expansion bus. details

Embedded Planet RPX Super — physically, this PowerQUICC II (MPC8260) based SBC matches the footprint of a PC/104 module (3.6 x 3.8 in.) is not considered a PC/104 module. Includes: up to 32MB Flash and 128MB SDRAM, 10/100 Ethernet, and a PCMCIA Type II slot. Expandable via the PowerPC expansion bus. details

Esfia M170S — A low-cost module for POS (point-of-sale/service) devices, RFID tunnel readers, biometric access control terminals, and other test, industrial, and medical applications, the ARM-based M170S measures 2.42 x 1.77 inches (61.5 x 45mm), costs $64, and is available with a wireless-enabled carrier board. details

Esfia M170P — A tiny ARM7-based SBC (single-board computer) that measures just 1.97 x 1.57 inches (50 x 40mm) and costs $64 in quantities of 5,000, the M170P targets rugged handheld devices, and is available with an evaluation kit that includes Linux. details

Forth-Systeme DIMM-520, ModNET50 — the tiny “DIMM-sized” (2.7 x 2.0 in.) DIMM-520 (details), pictured here, is based on the 32-Bit 133 MHz AMD ElanSC520 x86 system-on-chip. It includes: 64MB SDRAM, 16M Flash, PCI bus interface, 2 serial and 1 parallel ports, 100 Mbit Ethernet, and PC motherboard core logic. The ModNET50 (details) uses NetSilicon’s NET+ARM system-on-chip to integrate a RISC processor, 100 Mbit Ethernet, 2 serial ports, RAM, Flash, and other functions on a tiny SBC.

General Micro Systems Spider — This standalone SBC measures 2.8 x 1.9 inches, boots from on-board flash, includes a DC-DC converter, and is based on an IBM PowerPC chip running either 400 or 800 MHz. A companion I/O card is available, with dual Ethernet ports and more. The Spider targets distributed control, telecom server blades, handhelds, and military/aerospace applications. details

Gumstix XM, BT, and Basix options — Gumstix has added extended memory and on-board Bluetooth options to its line of tiny gumstick-shaped XScale SBCs (single-board computers). It has also launched a new low-cost model priced at $99. The company now offers nine “Connex” and “Basix” SBCs priced from $99 to $189. Details

Gumstix — This unique SBC features an oblong shape 0.79- by 3.1 inches (20- x 80mm), targeting wearable devices such as collar PCs. It is based on an an Intel XScale PXA255 processor, and includes 4MB of Flash RAM, and 64MB of SDRAM. Expansion interfaces include MMC, SD, and SDIO. The board draws under 200mA, according to Gumstix, and can be powered by 3 AAA NiMH batteries. details

HCV Wireless BlueMod — this tiny (2.75 x 2.1 in.) SBC was specifically designed for Bluetooth wireless communication. It runs uClinux on a 32-bit 50 MIPS CPU with 8MB SDRAM and 2MB Flash. I/O includes serial, GPIO, USB (device), and connection to external adapters via a processor expansion bus. details

Inhand Fingertip, Elf — the tiny (2.75 x 2.75 in.) Fingertip “PDA platform” (details), pictured here, is based on a 200 MHz Intel StrongARM 1110 CPU; it also includes: up to 32M Flash, up to 16M SDRAM, audio, 3 serial ports, SPI port, USB, 12 digital I/O lines, 320×240 LCD display/touchscreen interface, battery support, and CompactFlash expansion socket. Also based on an SA-1110 processor, the slightly larger (12 square in.) Elf (details) has a built-in PCMCIA slot, 16MB DRAM and up to 8MB Flash onboard memory, plus many of the same features as the Fingertip. InHand’s Fingertip3 (details) is the company’s first SBC based on an XScale processor.

Intec WildFireMod — A tiny ColdFire-powered CPU module claimed to be the smallest Linux SBC (single-board computer) with Internet connectivity, a reasonable amount of memory, and “massive control functionality.” The WildFireMod measures 1.9 x 1.7 inches (49 x 44mm), and targets data acquisition systems, communications, electric and internal combustion motor controllers, robotics, automotive, avionics, and industrial control. Details.

Intrynsic CerfBoard — a tiny (2.2 x 2.4 in.) SBC based on a 133 or 206 MHz Intel StrongARM 1110 CPU. Also includes: up to 16MB Flash, up to 8MB SDRAM, 16 digital I/O lines, 10 Mbit Ethernet, USB, serial port, audio CODEC, LCD interface, and CompactFlash+ socket. details

JUMPtec DIMM-PC — a family of “DIMM form-factor” (2.7 x 1.6 in.) PC-compatible SBCs. The DIMM-PC/586 (pictured here) is based on a ZF Micro ZFx86 system-on-chip processor and includes: 32MB SDRAM and 32MB Flash memory, plus interfaces for 10/100 Mb/s Ethernet, USB, serial (2), parallel, keyboard, floppy, and IDE. Additional models are based on 486 and 386 processors. details

Kontron X-board GP8 — A highly integrated device in the very compact 67 x 49-mm X-board COM (computer-on-module) form-factor. Dubbed the X-board GP8, the SBC is built around an Intel Xscale 80219 microprocessor and Silicon Motion SM501 chipset. details.

Kontron E2Brain EB8540 — A fanless 4.3 x 2.9-inch RISC-based “computer-on-module” designed to enable Linux and VxWorks device developers to concentrate on product design and application-specific software, rather than on implementing their own processor cores. The E2Brain is based on an 800MHz Freescale MPC8540 PowerQUICC III processor that delivers 1,850 DMIPS. It targets industrial automation, transportation, medical technology, and defense. details

Kontron E2Brain EB425 — Claimed to be the first Computer-on-Module (COM) based on Intel’s XScale IXP42x network processor, the EB425 “E2Brain” measures 2.95 by 4.33 inches (75 x 115 mm) and targets low-power real-time applications. It supports Linux and VxWorks. details

LART — an “open licensed” small SBC (4 x 3 in.) design from the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands). It is based on a 220 MHz Intel SA-1100 StrongARM and includes: 4MB Flash and 32MB DRAM memory, serial and parallel ports, and bus expansion. Expansion boards provide: Ethernet, USB, keyboard, mouse, touch input, and video. details

Lineo uCdimm, uCsimm — The soDIMM-sized (1.7 x 2.7 in.) uCdimm (details), pictured here, is based on a Motorola DragonBallVZ and provides 2 SPI interfaces, 2 RS232 ports, 22 digital I/O’s, up to 640×512 LCD control, and 10 Mbit Ethernet. The older “SIMM-sized” (3.5 x 1 in.) uCsimm SBC (details) is based on a Motorola DragonBall 68EZ328 with 2.7 mips performance, and includes: 2MB Flash, 8MB DRAM, 21 digital I/O, serial, I2C/SPI, 10 Mbit Ethernet, and a 640×480 LCD controller.

Logic Card Engine — a compact (2.37 x 2.67 in.) family of tiny Linux-supported SBCs which include features such as onboard Flash (up to 32MB) and SDRAM (up to 32MB) memory, integrated LCD controller, touch panel support, serial, audio codec, Ethernet, Compact Flash and more. Sharp and Renesas processors are currently supported, and the SBCs include “production quality” BSPs and bootloaders. details

SNMC QS850 — a tiny (3.1 x 2.1 in.) networked PowerPC SBC based on a Motorola MPC850. Includes: 8-64 MB SDRAM, 2-16 MB Flash, up to 2 Ethernet ports, 3 serial ports, up to 64 channels HDLC, 49 digital I/O lines. Supported by SNMC’s QSLinux Embedded Linux. details

SSV DIL/Net — The DIL/Net 1110 (details) is based on a StrongARM 1110 processor, and is available with pre-installed GUI driven by a Linux-based X11 server supporting up to SVGA resolutions. A gum-stick form facter version (3.2 x 1.1 in.) details is also available, as is a gumstick version that runs on a Softcore processor, for Ethernet products with very long life cycles details.

SSV DIL-40 DNP/5282 — The first of a planned family of DIL-40 SBCs that measure 2.2 x 0.9 inches, matching the pin footprint of 40-pin “DIP” (dual-inline-package) ICs. The DNP/5282 is based on a 66MHz Freescale Coldfire processor, and comes preinstalled with uClinux. details.

Strategic Test Max-PC — a matchbox sized (2.3 x 1.2 in.) SBC based on a 100 MHz 486 processor, plus 16MB RAM and 16MB Flash. Onboard controllers handle VGA, RS232 serial, parallel port, timers, keyboard, iRDA, and PCMCIA. details

Strategic Test Triton-Eco — A tiny, inexpensive single board computer (SBC) based on a 400MHz PXA255, an Intel XScale processor popular in PDAs and smartphones. The Triton-Eco SBC comes with Linux 2.6 pre-installed, and costs $135/$99 in quantities of 10/1000. details

Techsol Medallion — a family of tiny (4 square inch) SBC modules. The HY7201 is based on a 60 MHz ARM-720T RISC processor, and includes 32MB of SDRAM and a 32MB DiskOnChip Flash disk, plus built-in controllers for 2 UARTs, CRT/LCD VGA, touchscreen, IrDA, USB (host and device), multimedia card, and GPIO. details

Toradex Colibri — An SODIMM format computer module based on the Intel XScale PXA270 processor. The Colibri is optionally available with Linux pre-installed. details

TQ-Components TQM850 — a tiny (2.1 x 1.8 in.) SBC based on a 50 MHz Motorola PowerPC MPC850. Includes: up to 8MB Flash and up to 64MB SDRAM, plus dual-serial and dual-CAN (field bus) interfaces. Expands via 120-pin board-to-board connector on bottom. details

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