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    Hi,

    i'm new to the forum, and i'm from Europe.

    I'm starting building a x86 robot to use as testing platform for AI related tasks.
    I was oriented towards a Mini-itx, but the SLA batteries are a big problems (weight).
    Via Pico-itx ...m i don't like the VIA c7 processor...

    Today my RSS client found a important news...an Atom based pico-itx board,
    with V5 input, (this is the link
    http://www.pervasiverobotics.com/en/...d_for_robotics
    )

    With this pico-itx board can i avoid the SLA batteries and use a more light power pack ?
    I read on the forum that even if Atom has a low TPD, other chipsets requires a lot of W,
    so before order the board (if possible) it's better to know as this sounds to experts.

    Thank you,
    this forum rocks.

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    Re: Atom based PICO-ITX board as robot brain

    Wow! A Z530? Great find! More power-hungry than the C7, but delivering almost double the overall processing power - for vision-based apps, it's probably well worth the trade. Four USB hubs + 2 real serial ports - that's a lot of input potential packed into that little space.

    The trick to using lighter batteries will be getting a Wide Input power supply that will handle the current draw. So we need to know what the current draw is.

    Manufacturers page here: http://axiomtek.com/Products/ViewProduct.asp?view=680
    Datasheet here: http://axiomtek.com/Download/Spec/pico820.pdf

    No current draw or more than basic environmentals in either spot. Would you drop Axiomtek a note here: http://axiomtek.com/inquiry/proinq.asp and ask them "5vDC at what current draw? [max and sustained]", then post back?

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    Re: Atom based PICO-ITX board as robot brain

    From the early benchmarks I saw, the Atom isn't as powerful as the C7 and draws more power. I'll try to find the write-up I saw.

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    Re: Atom based PICO-ITX board as robot brain

    M'mmmm interesting board, I think I still like my pico ITX though and it's flexible power supply. More power for video is nice though.
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    Re: Atom based PICO-ITX board as robot brain

    I'd need to see those benchmarks. Hyperthreaded P4 losing to a C7? In what benches?

    TIA for info!
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    Re: Atom based PICO-ITX board as robot brain

    My mistake, it was a VIA Nano which is the successor to the C7, but it does whoop the hell out of the Atom.

    http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...50aHVzaWFzdA==

    Oh and my Intel buddies would cry at you calling their Atom a P4
    Last edited by DresnerRobotics; 09-03-2008 at 03:23 PM.

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    Re: Atom based PICO-ITX board as robot brain

    Yeah, I wouldn't mind having a 1.8Ghz C7 Nano instead of a 1.6Ghz Atom either. Especially if the nano drew less power and fit on the same board. . .

    Looking at those benches, I'm under-impressed with both of them for handling tough problems. I'd rather spend 4x the wattage.
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    Re: Atom based PICO-ITX board as robot brain

    But do both come with a Pico-ITX computer with them? Interestign article. But the Nano looks much bigger... Is it just to compare them?

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    Re: Atom based PICO-ITX board as robot brain

    The benchmarks aren't in regard to any pico boards, just the Nano and Atom processor.

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    i wounder how much it costs and when can we buy it,looks like a very good find

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