Electronic Design

$100 x86 Runs Puppy Linux, Fits On The Back Of Flat-Panel Displays

Norhtec's tiny, fanless MicroClient Jr. houses a 166-MHz
SiS 550 and 128 Mbytes of SDRAM. It's ideal for kiosks and embedded applications requiring a low-cost, networked processing element. The case matches the VESA FDMI mounting standard, suiting it for mating with LCD monitors, plasma displays, and other flat-panel devices.

The 100BaseT Realtek 8100B Ethernet interface has PXE diskless boot support. The system also can boot from removable CompactFlash or an optional, internal 2.5-in. hard disk. There are audio ports and a pair of USB 1.1 ports on the front panel and a single USB port on the rear, along with a VGA and PS/2 keyboard port. RS232 ports, a second Ethernet, and wireless interfaces are optional. The platform can run a range of operating systems, including Linux, BSD, Windows CE, and Windows XP Embedded. Puppy Linux is available as an installed option. And, it has an operating temperature range of 0°C to 60°C.

Quantity pricing starts at $90. Wireless support is $50.

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