xPico: Tiny Embedded Server Smaller Than an SD Card

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jacobdrj

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I find this article very interesting. However, I am not quite sure what the potential use case is for this device, or its advantage over its larger competitors (other than straight size).
Please elaborate.
 

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I am assuming this would serve in some kind of plug-n-play network equipment for lightweight web/interface functionality and/or advanced networking to provide additional functionality for an edge interface server that can be hosted as a lightweight device as a piggy-back to external router or DMZ?
 

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In addition to what rubix_1011 said above I'm assuming one of the primary purposes would be to enable internet access on device that has a SD slot but lacks a USB master device, so that pages would be temporarily stored in the cache to be viewed by the device without technically having an interface for the internet in the form of a traditional browser.
 

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[citation][nom]saturnus[/nom]In addition to what rubix_1011 said above I'm assuming one of the primary purposes would be to enable internet access on device that has a SD slot but lacks a USB master device, so that pages would be temporarily stored in the cache to be viewed by the device without technically having an interface for the internet in the form of a traditional browser.[/citation]

...yeah...what he said.
 

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[citation][nom]jaber2[/nom]I can use these to run web servers, imagine selling these as dedicated servers with cloud storage.[/citation]Too slow for that but they would be good for remote sensor monitoring.
 

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What you have to understand is that by 2020 this device will be able to fit into an area smaller than a grain of rice. Once that happens some very remarkable things will follow.
 
[citation][nom]JerryC[/nom]What you have to understand is that by 2020 this device will be able to fit into an area smaller than a grain of rice. Once that happens some very remarkable things will follow.[/citation]

Elaborate means explain in greater detail, delve into further. The question is what exactly are the advantages of this device (except size) over competing products, not whether or not we can make a smaller one in eight years.

You say remarkable things will follow, but the question is about what those things are more than that they will be remarkable.

For example, will this allow us to make smaller/cheaper routers or at least improve their power efficiency? Can many of these be linked together in very small form factors to allow for greater performance density for servers and the networking devices that inter-connect them?
 

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i dont understand this things purpose... because all i can think is guerrilla bbs type things.

the server is small and portable, and if its only really text, you can fit allot in small area.
 

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This device is essentially a Serial Comm Port to Eternet adapter. It allows device manufacturers to integrate ethernet into a device that typically comunicates over serial comm. The serial comm port is still widely used in industry and is still present in a lot of systems as their comm backbone, i.e. security sytems. The web server portion of this device is not to download webpages, it's to provide an interface to the device from the outside, think like the web based pages for router configuration. the stored pages will be static and just used as a replacement for a serial control like telnet or hyperterminal.
 

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why am I thinking wearable network?

I'm also seeing this as potentially included in your home network for appliances? an inventory of your fridge? medical devices relaying info from your elderly parent to a doctor? coffee machine activating with your alarm clock? Which also passes th traffice report and weather to a screen? Maybe grabbing a recipe off a food show you just liked and dropping it to your file server?
 

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[citation][nom]jcaulley_74[/nom]This device is essentially a Serial Comm Port to Eternet adapter. It allows device manufacturers to integrate ethernet into a device that typically comunicates over serial comm. The serial comm port is still widely used in industry and is still present in a lot of systems as their comm backbone, i.e. security sytems. The web server portion of this device is not to download webpages, it's to provide an interface to the device from the outside, think like the web based pages for router configuration. the stored pages will be static and just used as a replacement for a serial control like telnet or hyperterminal.[/citation]

This is all well and good. Is the point of its size supposed to make it a portable device that you plug into another device? How much bigger is the current embedded web server on a typical router?
 

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Amazingly, the CPU in that is faster than the one in my calculator, and the storage space is about the same. Come on TI, why must the TI-83 and TI-84 continue to have such crappy specs?
 

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An engineer friend showed me a webserver on a chip many years ago, so I'm not sure why this is a big deal. And I've setup webservers on the Arduino to serve up data from external probes. The Arduino itself is pretty small, so again, I'm not sure why this is news.
 

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[citation][nom]3ddraft[/nom]Sew this into a pair of jeans and you really will be Mr. Smarty Pants.[/citation]

Nah, they'd still say you are nice bit a bit "slow" :)

 
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