Marvell SheevaPlug is a $99 plug computer concept

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 @ 21:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Marvell has announced a $99 plug computer reference design named SheevaPlug, this tiny system plugs directly into a power socket. Developers can get a SheevaPlug development kit for $99 on Marvell's website, it features a ARM Sheeva 1.2GHz embedded processor, 512MB DDR2 memory, 512MB flash memory, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0.

The SheevaPlug supports multiple standard Linux 2.6 kernel distributions, the company says it's a nice way to turn an external HDD into a NAS solution, but there should also be other uses for a tiny, cheap Linux network PC.
Other folks will probably want to wait for actual products based on the design—and there are several in the pipeline, including the $79 CloudEngines Pogoplug and the CTERA CloudPlug. According to the Wall Street Journal, Marvell expects prices to go down to $49 eventually.

Check out the image gallery below for some photos of the SheevaPlug reference system and a diagram showing a possible usage scenario. As Marvell points out, this hardware should be a nice way to turn an external hard drive into a network-attached-storage solution. A tiny, ultra-cheap Linux network PC can probably serve many other purposes, though.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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