Motherboards that run Linux

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Motherboards that run Linux

Elphel camera

Elphel cameras are free software and open hardware cameras. The cameras run Linux. The cameras have several interfaces -- 10/100 Ethernet, USB, IDE, RS-232, etc. It uses a FPGA for video processing and video compression. More information here at Open Circuits: Elphel camera; and at the Elphel wiki.

ARMUS Embedded Linux Board

An ARM920T board running Linux at 200 Mips with sound, Ethernet, CAN, 48+ bidirectionnal IOs and 4 DSPs for motor control (DC, Servos, etc...). Built as a student proof robotics design platform.


  1. 150MHz CPU, Intel 486SX instruction set, MMU.
  2. 1 watt power consumption (200mA @5v)
  3. 68mm x 28mm x 21mm (weight 28g)
  4. 32MB SDRAM/8MB Flash
  5. OHCI/EHCI USB 2.0
  6. 10/100 ethernet
  7. Serial console 115200 baud (can be used as 2 GPIO)
  8. 4-pin JTAG (can be used as GPIO)
  9. 2 permanent GPIO (1 LED, 1 button)

Balloon Xscale ARM+FPGA dev board

The Balloon project has produced Balloon3, a high-performance ARM board designed for use by OEMs and Higher education. Spec is PXA270 (583Mhz), FPGA or CPLD, 1GB flash, 784MB RAM, USB (master, slave, OTG), CF slot, expansion bus, 16-bit bus, I2C, LCD, serial, audio. Very low power in CPLD confiuguration. Small, light. Various add-on boards: VGA LCD driver, robot motor driver+A/D, digital IO. Released under the Balloon Open Hardware license, which allows anyone to manufacture and for people to make derivatives. The expansion bus allows balloon to be used as the computing component for various special-purpose devices.


The linuxstamp is an open source processor module. It is designed to be a very simple board capable of running linux. It is based on the Atmel AT91RM9200 processor (An ARM9 processor with a MMU).

Linuxstamp Mboard 1

This is the first mother board for the linuxstamp. It is still in the planning stages (no pcbs).

Linuxstamp II 9260

The Linuxstamp II is an open source processor module. It is designed to be a very simple board capable of running linux. It is based on the Atmel AT91SAM9260 processor (An ARM9 processor with a MMU).

LART -- an open license StrongARM based tiny SBC

"All CAD files required for building LART are available under the closest we could get to an Open/Free Hardware License." The link in the Linux Devices article no longer works; the most recent link is .

Gumstix - Motherboards the size of a stick of gum ---

These motherboards are based on a SBC, are inexpensive, and have RAM/Flash on board. The Modules include USB interface (gadget mode and host mode) and have things like GPIO and LCD module interface. They have Marvel PXA270, TI's OMAP3503, etc. Very cool site.

Other Boards that Run Linux