At 01:55 PM 10/21/2003 -0700, Michael Sierchio wrote:
>Chad R. Larson wrote:
>>Yes, but then you need to consider the Soekris net4801, which has a
>>266MHz processor, three ethernets, two serial, one parallel, an IDE drive
>>interface, USB 1.1, CF socket, PCI interface, power and temperature
>>monitoring, hardware watchdog, etc., etc.
>>$292US for one with case and power supply, $278 for 2-4.
>Be warned -- Soren may be a good electrical engineer, but
>he isn't a computer engineer. The case supplied with the
>net4801 is completely inadequate in terms of ventilation
>for use with a 2.5" HD -- even though it appears to be
>designed to hold it (with the mounting kit). I'm running
>with the case lid off until I come up with a long-term solution.
I agree about the hard drive, but I don't necessarily consider a machine
with a spinning disk an embedded system. Works fine as a
router/firewall/traffic shaper/, especially if stuck in a rack in a
properly cooled data center.
I'm not sure Soekris considers that case for production anyway. They've
got references to OEM cases on the web site. I'd go for the 6.5", if I
weren't planning to use a hard drive. It would be hard to beat that
holding a net4801 in a bang per cubic inch contest.
Chad R. Larson (CRL22) chad at eldocomp dot com
Computing, Inc. 602-604-3100
5353 North 16th Street, Suite
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-3228
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