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1  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Possibility of adding a shutdown battery on: February 13, 2010, 04:29:05 PM
Hi guys,

I was looking for a low-power server platform when I stumbled upon the plug computers. I've read that you need to remotely issue the shutdown command to turn the plugs off.

I had the idea of adding a small rechargeable shutdown battery.

This battery should be capable of powering the device for only a couple of minutes (2 would already suffice). Furthermore, the OS should be capable of determining the battery level and if the device is plugged in or not. Whenever the plug would be running on battery and drop below e.g. 50% capacity we can issue an automatic shutdown command. Plugging it back in would restart the plug (and recharge the battery).

Advantages:
- Easy starting/stopping interface, just plug it in or out.
- Automatic clean shutdown and restart whenever the power fails.
- You can quickly plug the computer into another socket without losing connectivity.

Unfortunately I'm no hardware expert, so here's my question.
Can this be hacked onto the existing board? If not, any chance of seeing this added in the future?

Thanks,
-Caine.
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