Suggestions for embedded systems... ?
Brian J. McGovern
mcgovern at beta.com
Mon Sep 18 06:04:22 PDT 2006
Thanks. The downsides I see are its relatively large size (ATX) and
power requirements (full ATX). What I'm looking for is more along the
lines of http://www.soekris.com/net4801.htm, only with an RCA video
connector. Its small, takes virtually no power, takes car voltages (vs.
upconverting back to 110AC for an ATX power supply), and has 80% of what I
want. I just need the last 20% :)
> --- "Brian J. McGovern" <mcgovern at beta.com> wrote:
> > All,
> > I've been browsing the FreeBSD site looking for a
> > system I can
> > embed in the car. Optimally, it will do video output
> > via a RCA cable (ala your
> > VCR) so I can plug it in to one of the new Alpine
> > radios with an AUX in. Input
> > will probably come via a USB gaming pad (arrow keys,
> > a few buttons, and 16-20
> > keys). I'd like to have bluetooth and 802.11b/g for
> > communicating with a base
> > station and the in car GPS and phone audio systems.
> > USB (4-6 ports) would
> > be perfect - I can get the keyboard, bluetooth,
> > 802.11g, and ODB II
> > connectors in without a hub. Most I've seen boot
> > from compact flash, but
> > booting from a USB thumb drive or SD ram would also
> > be useful. Audio would
> > also be nice, but I can get away with the bluetooth
> > link.
> > The form factor should be as small as possible for
> > under-seat,
> > behind-dash, or trunk installation.
> > I've seen the Soekris systems, and they're at a
> > good price point, but
> > while they'd support most of what I'd need, they
> > don't seem to have RCA video
> > output, which would be a major plus for real time
> > color displays of status and
> > information (has anyone played with the USB video
> > options available? Does
> > FreeBSD support them?)
> > Suggestions? Comments? Projects already done?
> > -Brian
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> sorry about the blank one I dropped/catched the
> keyboard with the wrong anykey...
> is a PC104 board I found that seems to do what you
> want. I've been comtemplating this for a while.
> possibly when I finally fix my eldo... This might be a
> little pricey I'm not certain. Good luck with the
> project and keep us up to date. I am deffinately
> interested in seeing one of these come to pass. if you
> do opt for compact flash make sure its read-only, you
> might want to use some sort of Harddrive. this one
> does EIDE.
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