New hardware gadget: ALIX.3D3

A few days ago, I ordered a new hardware gadget to play with: An embedded pc board called ALIX.3D3 manufactered by PC Engines.

ALIX.3D3 upside

ALIX.3D3 upside

It's a small (100 x 160 mm) board, with

  • AMD Geode LX800 CPU with 800 MHz
  • 256 MB DDR DRAM
  • Via VT6105M 10/100 Mbit Ethernet
  • 2 miniPCI slots
  • AMD CS5536 Geode companion providing 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 serial port (RS232), 1 Compact-Flash slot and integrated VGA and audio

More information, datasheets and manual can be found in the Alix Wiki.

I ordered the board from Varia Store for about 130€ including an aluminium chassis and a suitable power supply.

ALIX.3D3 downside

ALIX.3D3 downside

Challenges are now to install an optimized Gentoo on a Compact-Flash card with support for all hardware included, installing a 802.11b/g/n WLAN card and doing some tests with my Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000.

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4 thoughts on “New hardware gadget: ALIX.3D3

  1. The first test were nice. Gentoo Linux is running fine for the moment except for the onboard status LEDs. I changed something in the kernel driver for them, and the seem to work.

    Performance is OK for a small webserver or so, but compiling the whole gentoo system took several hours. More 2 come 🙂

    And it's a pity that there are only 2 of the supported 4 USB ports are used on this port.

  2. Hallo,
    hast du schonmal den Verbrauch des ALIX.3D3 gemeßen?
    Würde mir das Teil auch gerne zulegen, aber nur wenn es unter 10W braucht.

    Gruß, Tymm

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