Today Linux can be found running on all sorts of devices, even coffee machines. Many electronics enthusiasts will be keen to use Linux as the basis of a new microcontroller project, but the apparent complexity of the operating system and the high price of development boards has been a hurdle. Here Elektor solves both these problems, with a beginners� course accompanied by a compact and inexpensive circuit board.
Features of the Elektor Linux board:
� Two-layer board using readily-available components
� No special debugging or programming hardware required
� Fully bootable from an SD memory card
� Linux pre-installed
� 180 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 64 MB swap
� Integrated USB-to-RS-232 converter for console access
� Relay, external power supply, and pushbuttons for quick testing
� Four GPIO pins, 3 A/D channels and a PWM channel on-board
� I�C and SPI buses accessible from Linux
� USB interface for further expansion
Also available: Elektor Linux Board Extension
This extension board was developed to further propel our Embedded Linux series of articles and the matching Embedded Linux board. It has a display, buttons, a real time clock and 16 GPIOs. Linux devotees, switch on your solder irons. The Linux extension board includes everything needed to provide the user interface for a wide variety of projects!