A Real Computer in a Plug – The Sheevaplug From Marvell
No, it’s not some hippy power-sipping appliance lover but a computer in a plug!
Dreamed up by Californian-based Marvell and it has everything you need in a computer – cpu, memory, network connectivity and USB ports.
More specifically, it’s packing a 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB of flash memory and 512MB of RAM, along with a gigbit ethernet port, USB and mini-USB ports, and an SD card slot.
Alright – it does fall down once you notice that it lacks any kind of video output – but that’s solved by shoving in some kind of USB video adaptor!
It should be able to tackle a cut-down Linux distro and work as a web server and add into the equation that it does actually just sip at 5W of power it starts looking good again.
It wont hurt your pocket to purchase either at $99 for a developer kit, which includes the plug, as well as all of the software tools needed to develop applications for the platform.
If you want one that comes with all the stuff you need pre-installed though, then might need to hang for a while longer.