Tiny Low-cost Platform Runs Linux

January 28, 2014 | 00:00
Tiny Low-cost Platform Runs Linux
Tiny Low-cost Platform Runs Linux

The Arietta G25 platform is not yet available but Acme Systems have begun taking orders with a price tag of 10 Euro ($14) for the bare board or 27 Euros with WiFi (takes up a USB port) and a 4GB microSD with EmDebian Linux OS pre-installed. The pre-order price is good till the end of the month and increases each month until the module ships mid-summer for 20 Euros.


At 50 x 25mm the Arietta G25 is built around Atmel’s 400MHz ARM9 SAM9G25 SoC and is equipped with 128MB of DDR2 RAM and a ‘32GB-ready’ microSD slot but no Ethernet port or video interface.


Specifications listed for the fully open source Arietta G25 include:

  • Processor — Atmel AT91SAM9G20 (1x ARM9 core @ 499MHz)
  • Memory — 128MB DDR2 RAM; microSD slot for up to 32GB, with bootable Linux OS card
  • Wireless — optional WiFi (802.11b/g/nm, RaLink RT5370N) with optional antenna
  • I/O (via pin connectors):
    • USB 2.0 high-speed host
    • USB 2.0 high-speed host/device
    • USB 2.0 full-speed host
    • 3x UARTs
    • I2C
    • SPI, with up to 3x chip selects (5 to 50 MHz)
    • PWM (up to 6x lines)
    • A/D converters (4x channels @ 10-bit)
    • Serial debug port
  • Other features — user-configurable LED; supports placement of 20×2-pitch, 2.54mm (100mils) pinstrip
  • Power — single 3.3V DC supply (not 5V tolerant)
  • Operating temperature — -20 to 70° C
Operating system — Linux 3.13 (bootable image for EmDebian Grip Linux 7.3 “Wheezy”)
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