Phidgets GNU/Linux ARM Robot Controller

Posted 1 Oct 2009 at 20:29 UTC by steve Share This

The LinuxDevices blog reported yesterday on a new ARM controller from Phidgets that runs GNU/Linux and is designed with robot applications in mind. Called Phidget SBC, the board is based on the Samsung S3C2410 ARM processor, which uses the ARM 920T core running at 266MHz. You get 64MB of RAM and 64MB of flash, a 10/100 Ethernet port, and (of course, since this if from Phidgets) 4 full-speed USB ports that can be used to connect to the full range of Phidgets. You'll also find 8 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs, 8 analog inputs, a JTAG port, reset button, and some LED on the board. They're taking pre-orders now and expect to start shipping this month. Cost is $265 direct from Phidgets or $244 at Trossen Robotics.

Mixed thoughts, posted 4 Oct 2009 at 10:43 UTC by c6jones720 » (Master)

Ive got mixed feelings about this one.

The form factor is good and its pretty cool that its a computer that can run linux and is integrated with the 888 board. My only misgiving is that it dosent appear to support other computer interfaces such as RS232 or I2C/SPI etc.

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