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November 22, 2005
From LiPPERT Automationstechnik GmbH
MIPS-based PCI-104 board features wireless interface, runs Linux
For all those who want to operate a wireless sensor network, now there is a capable gateway node in the PCI-104 format. LiPPERT's »Cool MoteMaster« board features an IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver as well as a traditional Ethernet port. Using an AMD Alchemy Au1550 processor, LiPPERT designed a module that has PCI extensibility using a standard PCI-104 connector and also a miniPCI slot, which can be used for standard Laptop WLAN cards. The 90 mm by 96 mm board runs the Linux operating system. (Kernel 2.6.13 from www.linux-mips.org) Consuming only 2.5 watts from a 5V supply, the computer features 500 MHz clock speed and 128 MB soldered RAM. Three serial ports, USB host and device ports, analog and digital I/O complete the system. The board can be powered using either Power over Ethernet (PoE), or a single 5V supply.