smallest piece of hardware that runs *BSD?

Bernd Walter ticso at
Sun Oct 12 04:50:00 PDT 2003

On Sun, Oct 12, 2003 at 01:19:44PM +0200, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> Bernd Walter <ticso at> writes:
> > On Sat, Oct 11, 2003 at 03:06:18PM +1000, John Birrell wrote:
> > > Here's one the size of a credit card: <>.
> > > It's a lot bigger than a 'bump in a cable', but it runs FreeBSD.
> > Leaves the question how much of the data on that page is correct.
> > The elan chip is 486 class as we all know from soekris systems.
> From
>   The Élan[tm] SC520 microcontroller combines a 32-bit, low-voltage
>   Am5x86 CPU with a complete set of integrated peripherals suitable
>   for both real-time and PC/AT-compatible embedded applications. The
>   device also features a 32-bit PCI bus, a high-performance, 32-bit
>   SDRAM interface and a full-featured, high-performance in-circuit
>   emulation capability, known as the AMDebug[tm] technology.

Am5x86 != 586 class.

This is what FreeBSD thinks about the SC520:
CPU: AMD Enhanced Am486DX4/Am5x86 Write-Back (486-class CPU)
  Origin = "AuthenticAMD"  Id = 0x494  Stepping = 4

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