Low cost SBC with IDE interface


I am looking for a small SBC that includes serial, Ethernet, and an IDE interface for connection to a CompactFlash or disk drive. I have been using an AVR based board from EDTP, but it has been discontinued.

I am not wed to AVR. Coldfire, ARM, x86, or whatever works is fine. I would prefer a board with solid support for the GNU toolchain.

The board need not include an OS or file system. My simple application will communicate via serial and Ethernet, and read/write the CompactFlash or disk drive connected to the IDE interface using low level sector I/O. My application will boot from SBC boot flash. There is no requirement to boot from the CompactFlash or disk drive, which serve only as data devices.

I am looking for a low cost SBC, not an embedded PC. This is simple stuff.

Any recommendations for board vendors?



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Gee, almost any small micro will work for you,even the lowly PIC will do all of the above and for 10 bucks...Probably the cheapest and simplest route to go. Or you could 'clone' what you already have. or be prepared to spend some real coins for this project. A dollar amount would be helpful as well as your level of programming capability. As I said earlier PICs will do this, have for years. It all depends on your requirements for speed,cost and expertise.


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