[Freeswitch-users] embedded freeswitch compatable hardware

Kristian Kielhofner kristian.kielhofner at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 08:12:07 PST 2009

On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 9:26 AM, Frank Carmickle <frank at carmickle.com> wrote:
> The 330 boards are a little more power hungry but you get a dual core 64 bit processor.  As far as I'm concerned the performance increase is well worth the extra money.  You still well below the power consumption of any other 64 bit dual core machines.
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121383
> --FC

  While these are low power when compared to traditional
desktop/server systems, they're not what I would consider to be
embedded.  The CPU requires a fan (embedded no-no) and between the
chipset and CPU they draw several times more power than a traditional
embedded system.  The ALIX and Soekris boards run with 12 watt power
supplies (12v, 1 amp).  The Atom 330 alone can draw 8 watts.  This is
still impressive for a processor of this class but it's not what I
would consider to be embedded, yet...

I think of embedded systems like this:

Blackfin - Very low power, good performance (especially for DSP), very
difficult porting (usually)
ARM/MIPS - Very low power, decent performance depending on
application, mild difficulty in porting
X86 (Geode, etc) - Pretty low power, decent performance, relative ease
in "porting" (often none)
Everything else - You should probably call it an "appliance", not an
embedded system

  With the correct target application and design ARM and Geode systems
can provide more than enough CPU power for many, many practical

Kristian Kielhofner

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