[Soekris] Cost effective embedded solutions

Matt Rideout mrideout at windserve.com
Fri Jul 18 20:07:14 UTC 2003


I'm interested in this type of device. I've been working with WISPs to
setup net45xx based access points. The net4511 and net4521 are already
competitive for this type of application although they're usually too
pricey to justify using as CPE. If a lower priced board were to become
available, I could see it becoming a viable CPE option.

I don't know if you're looking for input at this stage, but here are some
of my thoughts anyway :-)

1. 8MB of RAM would be plenty.
2. A 100MHz processor like you said sounds good.
3. If using RJ-45 instead of DB-9 for the serial port would cut costs at
all, I'm all for it. This is actually more convenient IMO.
4. PCMCIA is definitely preferable to mini-PCI.
5. If some form of on-board flash memory would cost less than a compact
flash card slot, I'd be all for that change as long as we'd be talking
about at least a couple megabytes.
6. If using Ethernet instead of Fast Ethernet would reduce costs, that
would be great as long as the chipset isn't braindead.


> Hi Mike & List,
> mike-soekris at tiedyenetworks.com wrote:
>> Howdy -
>> 	I'm quite happy with the technical features and overall peformance
>> of my 4511 and think it would be a great base for a more commercial
>> wireless solution....if it wasn't so darn expensive. I see all these
>> other
>> manufacturers like dlink, linksys, etc with their AP and WB units and
>> they
>> obviously aren't paying that much - yes I know, smaller cpus (8 bit like
>> the UBICOM for example), smaller ram and rom sizes - but still, it
>> seems to me that there's got to be something cheaper that's close to
>> features and peformance of the 4511. Is soekris planning a sub $100
>> variant of these boards any time soon?
> I am actually right now looking into the possibility of doing a low cost
> feature reduced board with 100 Mhz CPU, 16 Mbyte SDRAM, single ethernet
> with 802.3af PoE, single PC-Card or single Mini-PCI, in a RG-1000 form
> factor with a 100 qty $100 target price.... And then follow up with a
> SC1100 based one for g/a speeds.
> Of course a x86 based board will never hit the price of the really low
> cost stuff.
> Regards,
> Soren
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