[Freedombox-discuss] Interest in Another Hardware Option?

Jeremy Thien jeremy.thien at adtecdigital.net
Fri Oct 28 02:38:22 UTC 2016

Hi, I have been using freedombox at home this year and like the concept. Do
you think there is any interest in additional small form factor hardware to
run freedombox?

I work for a manufacturer, and we have designed SBC-like hardware for our
own products. I think this hardware could make a really good option to run
freedombox because the processor is targeted for home gateway applications.

The processor is LS1021A from NXP and has interesting peripherals -- 3
gigabit Ethernet interfaces, *USB 3.0 PCIe 2.0, SATA, hardware crypto
engine*). Our design brings all these interfaces out except for one of the
Ethernet interfaces. The processor board has 1 GB memory and a microSD slot.

I call ours SBC-like because it actually has multiple-boards. A carrier
board, processor board, and dual-GbE board. There is no Wifi at this point,
but in theory this could be added internally using PCIe mini connector or
externally with USB. We do not have a case for it.

I have not seen the DreamPlug first-hand, but it seems similar.

We already have the boards designed and running Linux (not Debian).

I am open to suggestions on how to make this a really good option. For
example, maybe it would be interesting to buy as just a processor card that
could be customized by other hardware hackers.

My main interest is to increase consumption of the processor and/or other
boards to get lower cost that comes with scale. If we get lower cost and
the community can get a good home server, it seems like a win-win.

I assume most simply use old PCs (like I have). but I know I would be
interested in small, low-power home-server.

I see the Danube edition box planned. It may be a better option, but I'm
happy to learn if there is a need.

Cheers, Jeremy
Jeremy Thien
Adtec Digital
jeremy.thien at adtecdigital.net
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