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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 13:09
  Marvell SheevaPlug is small enough to hand from an AC outlet

Shane McGlaun (Blog) - February 25, 2009 12:00 PM
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Marvell Semiconductor has announced a new hardware/software development kit that uses Linux and puts the complete Linux-powered computer into a wall outlet hanging receptacle no larger than the power supply you see on many consumer electronics devices. The device is called the SheevaPlug and draws only 5 watts of power.

Marvell says that the SheevaPlug draws about as much power as a night light during use and still packs a 1.2GHz Sheeva ARM compatible processing core, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage. People can buy the devices in single unit quantities for $100, but Marvell says that when bought in bulk, the SheevaPlug can go for as low as about $50 per unit.



The completely open software design makes the system appropriate for use in always-on home automation devices. Marvell says that there are several ARM compatible ports of Linux distributions that are included and already running on the SheevaPlug. Marvell also says that it is committed to providing everything that the community needs to provide the best Linux support.

Marvell's Raja Mukhopadhyay said, "Whatever the community needs to facilitate development, we will provide the critical resources needed to facilitate that."

The SheevaPlug is built around the Marvell 88F6000 Kirkwood SoC that was launched last year, which combines elements of the early Feroceon and XScale architectures. Both of those architectures use implementations of ARMs ARMv5 architecture. [DailyTech...]     [Comments...]
 

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