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About Nimbus

The Nimbus is a Linux-based, ultra-compact plug computer designed to run always-on network and data services for the small office/home office (SOHO) environment. It is a second-generation redesign of the plug computers currently on the market. Featuring a 1.2 GHz Marvell Kirkwood 88F6281 processor, a USB 2.0 port, and gigabit Ethernet networking, the Nimbus is designed for a wide range of deployment options.

System Components

  • 1.2 GHz Kirkwood 88F6281 processor
  • 16 kilobytes of instruction cache (I-cache)
  • 16 kilobytes of data cache (D-cache)
  • 256 KB L2 cache
  • Eight-channel generic DMA controller
  • RTC with battery
  • 512MB DDR2, 400 MHz
  • 512MB NAND Flash
  • Built-in AC high efficiency 13W power supply (average power consumption ~ 5W)
  • Power input: 90-240VAC, 50-60 Hz

Potential Applications

  • Dedicated home file server
  • Multimedia server for DLNA-enabled players (e.g., iPhone, Sony PSP)
  • Multimedia server for Web proxy enabling fast, cached access to Web sites
  • Storage of home video surveillance streams
  • Automated downloads and uploads to Web sites

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