Linux server fits in your pocket

A new device squeezes a networked Linux device into a three-inch aluminium cube

Some Linux device makers may be thinking big, but Intrinsyc Software is going in the opposite direction: it has come up with a Linux-based computer that is only 3in on a side.

The CerfCube sells for £379, and comes with a Linux kernel and the Apache Web server. It can also come with Windows CE pre-installed. The device is so small that it comes with a wrist strap for carrying it around.

Intrinsyc's device is a reference platform for developers looking to bring Linux into so-called "embedded" devices, basically anything but a PC: peripherals, television set-top boxes, telephones, refrigerators and the like. It can, however, be set up as a complete networked Linux system.

The cube contains Intrinsyc's CerfBoard, a single-board computer (SBC) based on a 192MHz StrongARM 1110 embedded processor from Intel. This fits into the bottom of the cube, leaving most of the housing hollow. It includes 32MB of RAM and 16MB of non-volatile flash memory.

The device also includes a 10MB Ethernet controller, a CompactFlash (type II) interface, three serial ports, 16 general purpose I/O lines and a USB port.

The CompactFlash interface allows capabilities to be added to the unit, including a Bluetooth card, though this only works with the Windows CE version.

Linux is gaining popularity in the embedded market because of its flexibility and low cost. It competes with a number of other embedded operating systems including Microsoft's Windows CE.

Find out how the open-source movement is revolutionising the high-tech world at ZDNet UK's Linux Lounge.

Have your say instantly, and see what others have said. Click on the TalkBack button and go to the Linux lounge forum

Let the editors know what you think in the Mailroom. And read other letters.

Newsletters

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
See All
See All