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    I have no idea where to place this topic, so I'l do it here:

    I'm looking for a cool development board for a non-x86 processor, it should have a pair of PS/2 ports, and a network interface, a VGA-out and some USB ports would be nice as well.
    The processor doesn't need to be fast, but if you can find a board for the new CELL processor I'd like to know

    I want the board for hobbyist purposes (of course), I have one at my work (an ARM EBD9312 from Cirrus Logic), it's a lovely thing but the price... oy!
    I'll be programming the whole thing myself, including the kernel, an ANSI C-compiler and a LISP intepreter

    P.S.:
    If you're wondering what this has to do with Linux, well I might might might put a Linux kernel on it :P

    P.P.S.:
    Why am I closing every paragraph with a smiley

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    If you think ARM development boards are expensive, wait till you hear what developers paid for cell developemnt boards ~US$15000.

    For the Microcontroller course I am doing at university now, we use a custom made board called the DSLMU for the ARM7TDMI processor. The board was originally designed as a collaboration between Manchester University and University of New South Wales.

    The board contains an ethernet port as well as a parallel port, but i dont see why you cant add a vga port or usb ports.

    Heres a link to the schematic of the board: http://dsl.ee.unsw.edu.au/dsl-cdrom/...ic-muboard.pdf

    and heres a general link to the same site: http://dsl.ee.unsw.edu.au/dsl-cdrom/README.html

    edit: According to my lecturer, the board as it is cost AU$500 to make ~US$380

    hope this helps

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    If you think ARM development boards are expensive, wait till you hear what developers paid for cell developemnt boards ~US$15000.


    Heres a link to the schematic of the board:
    And there is my problem, I've never learned electrical schematics or how hardware works, the only "hardware" "lesson" they'd let me take was soldering resistors onto a board, I don't have the vaguest notion how to add a "module" onto a board.

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    If you are interested in using a FPGA as your microprocessor of sorts, then you can take a look at the following.

    http://www.digilentinc.com/info/XUPV2P.cfm the basic kit costs US$300, but looking at the specs, it seems more like a pc like specs to me.

    * Virtex-2 Pro XC2VP30 FPGA with 30,816 Logic Cells, 136 18-bit multipliers, 2,448Kb of block RAM, and two PowerPC Processors
    * DDR SDRAM DIMM that can accept up to 2Gbytes of RAM
    * 10/100 Ethernet port
    * USB2 port
    * Compact Flash card slot
    * XSGA Video port
    * Audio Codec
    * SATA, and PS/2, RS-232 ports
    * High and Low Speed expansion connectors with a large collection of available expansion boards
    Also there is this one: http://www.cmosexod.com/fnd.htm . They dont say how much it cost, but you can email them

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexK
    If you think ARM development boards are expensive, wait till you hear what developers paid for cell developemnt boards ~US$15000.
    Whoa!! I would wait for that to come down.

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    If you are interested in using a FPGA as your microprocessor of sorts, then you can take a look at the following.

    http://www.digilentinc.com/info/XUPV2P.cfm the basic kit costs US$300, but looking at the specs, it seems more like a pc like specs to
    Very nice, thanks mate

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    no problem, infact i might get the digilentinc board myself (to amuse myself after teh exams).

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