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[20061106] Mesa Electronics Launches CPU with wireless support
Found by Google News found an item from the "mmm, preinstalled NetBSD" department; Citing from the ECNasiaMag article: ``The 4C81 from Mesa Electronics is a low cost, low power ARM based PC104-PCI CPU. Designed for networked applications, the 4C81 has two 10/100 baseT Ethernet interfaces and a slot for a WI-FI card or other Mini-PCI device. The 166 MHz CPU card consumes less than 2 watts total from a single 5V supply. System resources include 32M or 64M of RAM and 32M to 128M of NAND Flash memory. The Ethernet interfaces generates hardware TCP checksums allowing close to wire speed routing through the 4C81. An optional on card 200K or 400K gate Spartan3 FPGA with 32 bit local bus connection provides 36 bits of flexible user I/O or a custom processing accelerator.

Versions without the FPGA option supply 36 bits of general purpose digital I/O via a CPLD. PC/104-PCI expansion allows addition of high performance peripheral cards. Three bus master PCI devices can be used (including the MiniPCI). The 4C81 supports both Linux and NetBSD. Either operating system can be supplied pre-installed on the 4C81s flash memory. Price of the 4C81 in 100s is $149.00 (32M RAM 32M Flash). ''

A PDF with more information on the 4C81 PC/104-PCI Wireless CPU is also available. See the vendor's homepage for more information.

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