[LinuxBIOS] LPC SuperIO "add-in card"

Peter Stuge stuge-linuxbios at cdy.org
Fri Dec 1 12:47:08 CET 2006

On Fri, Dec 01, 2006 at 01:26:31PM +0200, Indrek Kruusa wrote:
> For current Thincan (artecgroup/dbe61) development we are using our
> own designed dongles:

Very nice!

> - LPC connector (the cable shouldn't be longer than 5cm/2 inch)
> - Altera Cyclone FPGA as the control part
> - 16 MB flash: 4x separate 4MB banks; chosen by jumpers (I can have 4 
> separate booting configs( LB/kernel/initrd) in one dongle)
> - chosen flash bank is seen as 1MB at boot, switched to 4MB mode by 
> LinuxBIOS. After that you can address that 4MB by FILO as mem at 0x....
> - 4 digit LED display (POST code display + selftest)
> - miniUSB (by ftdi chip) for the programming flash banks
> - python script as programming tool

That's a serial emulation, right? How long does it take to program
one bank?

> PCB is 8cm x 6cm, i have seen the case for that unit too :)
> As much as I know this dongle were made available with initial price
> ca. ?90 (in small quantities). I'd expect that such a thing (with
> somewhat different design) can't be much cheaper.

Is that EUR90 or USD90? Either way I agree - it's a good price!
I want one. :)

Do you also have a PLCC adapter? I looked into the product sold by
Segor (that Carl-Daniel linked to) and found that it's made by cab



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