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SheevaPlug eSATA Plug Computer review

Nov 19, 2010, 20:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gareth Halfacree)

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"Pros: The tiny form factor and completely solid-state nature of the device combine with an incredibly low power draw to make a tempting home server
Cons: The 1.2GHz ARM chip struggles with intensive processing tasks, while the single Ethernet port prevents its use as a gateway or firewall

"There's no denying that ARM chips have proven unbelievably successful in the embedded and mobile markets, but there is growing interest in the low-power chips from server manufacturers as well. The SheevaPlug, developed as an open source development platform by ARM licensee Marvell, is designed to be a cheap and easy route into ARM development.

"The first thing that strikes you about the SheevaPlug is its size. Designed around a model known as the 'plug computer,' it looks more like the power adaptor for a device than an entire server. Picking it up, it's plain to see that much of the size of the device is actually taken up with the ports on the sides, and that the body of the SheevaPlug is largely hollow."

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