I’ve always liked small computers for their advantages: they are silent, low power consuming, ergonomic and let’s not forget cool and hi-tech. Well, Picotux is the smallest, lowest power consuming, and the coolest computer I ever seen. Some of you may say that this is not a real computer, which is true, the worlds smallest computer run’s on uClinux kernel 2.4.27 and Busybox 1.0.You cant really attach a monitor and a keyboard to it…, it has other applications…where you can use it. It comes with two built in applications webserver and telnet. Picotux the smallest computer in the world is available in two modes:
- The first picture is the Picotux 100 module and it is available with 2 MB and 4 MB Flash.
- The second picture is the Picotux 112 which is a picotux 100 mounted on a PCB board of 53mm x 48 mm. It is also available with 2 MB and 4 MB Flash and a Power Over Ethernet option (PoE).
It’s powered by an ARM7 CPU at 55 MHz. Two communication interfaces are provided, 10/100 Mbit half/full duplex Ethernet and a serial port with up to 230.400 baud. Five additional lines can be used for either general input/output or serial handshaking. The dimensions are Height:19 mm, Width:19 mm, and Deep:36 mm, it’s only slightly larger than an RJ45 connector. It’s a great gadget; I’m expecting mine to be delivered. If you decide to buy it you will need a Starterkit priced at about 350 $.
The starterkit consists of a picotux 112 with a preinstalled uClinux, a CD with all the binaries and sources for the uClinux and the tool chain. The system is prepared to run under Linux or in a Colinux environment under Windows XP. There is also a null modem cable to connect to a PC, a patch cable for the Ethernet, and power supply 110-220V to 7,5 V with power connector. For more information follow the link Worlds Smallest Computer Picotux.