[LAD] Embedded linux board

Steve Harris steve at plugin.org.uk
Mon Aug 20 10:44:59 UTC 2007

On 20 Aug 2007, at 11:26, Robert Jonsson wrote:

> Hi,
> Steve Harris wrote:
>> There's also these: http://mini-itx.com/store/?c=39
>> I've not worked with that one in particular, but I have with a  
>> larger one. They're really easy to work with as they're  
>> effectively just generic x86 boards. Some of the larger ones are  
>> fanless.
>> I've been wanting to put together an effrects box with one, but  
>> just don't have the time.
> Right. Not so so expensive for such a small form factor and x86,  
> still a bit on the steep side.
> I did a bit more research and barring the size of the board I'd say  
> something like the Epia 5000
> http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/mainboards/motherboards.jsp? 
> motherboard_id=21
> should be a very good choice. Not too complex to finish, onboard  
> audio,fanless and such. Even a pci slot ;). Quite cheap, around €90.
> No idea how capable the soundcard is, but I believe it's tested in  
> low latency situations atleast?

I think the ones I worked with might have been EPIA 10000s (1GHz VIA  
C3), and I did run JACK on them for kicks. I think it worked but I  
don't remember how it was though, and I didn't test the card on any  
decent monitors. The onboard sound is generic AC-97 stuff. Some of  
the models have slow CPUs and very slow FPUs, so beware of those.

I was using them for an audio-less video installation, so the testing  
was just for curiosity.

- Steve

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