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The most recent incarnation of the Kurobox, the Kurobox HG/WR, sports a  
 
The most recent incarnation of the Kurobox, the Kurobox HG/WR, sports a  
266Mhz [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC PowerPC] processor, 128MB of RAM, two [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB USB] 2.0 Ports, and a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit_ethernet 10/100/1000Mbit] network interface. The Kurobox comes without a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_drive hard drive], but supports any standard IDE ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA Parallel ATA (PATA)], not [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA Serial ATA (SATA)]) 3.5
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266Mhz [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC PowerPC] processor, 128MB of RAM, two [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB USB] 2.0 Ports, and a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit_ethernet 10/100/1000Mbit] network interface. The Kurobox comes without a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_drive hard drive], but supports any standard IDE ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA Parallel ATA (PATA)], not [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA Serial ATA (SATA)]) 3.5" drive. The
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Kurobox runs on a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] kernel, and has multiple options for actual distribution. Actually, any [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux Linux] distribution that supports [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC PPC] will work, but so far the community has ported over [[Gentoo_on_the_Kurobox|Gentoo]], [[Debian_on_the_Kurobox|Debian]],
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[[Fedora_on_the_Kurobox|Fedora]] and
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[[Sylver_on_the_Kurobox|Sylver's Distro]] (which is an updated and modified version the Kurobox's original embedded distribution).
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To give you a rough idea about the Kurobox HG's power, it can [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcode transcode] (decode and then re-encode to another bitrate) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3 MP3's] using [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAME LAME] at about 25% faster than realtime. While not as fast as today's modern PC's, this is coming from a box that uses only '''17''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watt watts] of juice. The tiny onboard fan (used to dissipate the hard drive's heat) is ultra-quiet at 22[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decibel dB].
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The KuroBox is not for the faint of heart -- there is no graphical installer, no "click here to launch your web server" button. However, if you know a little about Linux, or are willing to learn, the Kurobox is an excellent platform for a small space server.
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== Revogear ==
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<small>Kanji for Kuro Box</small>
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More details on the current Kurobox can be found at [http://www.revogear.com revogear.com]. Revogear is a division of Buffalo Technology (USA) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melco Melco Holdings Inc.]
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Please email questions to John<small>(at)</small>revogear.com
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==[[Hardware Specifications|Kurobox Specifications]]==
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| bgcolor="#FFFFFF" | ||bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |'''Kurobox''' ||bgcolor="#DDDDDD"|'''Kurobox HG''' ||bgcolor="#DDDDDD"|'''Kurobox HG WR'''||'''Kurobox PRO'''
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |[[Case]] || 7.0” x 2.4” x 7.4” || 7.0” x 2.4” x 7.4” || 7.0” x 2.4” x 7.4”||?
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |[[CPU|CPU Type]] || MPC 8241 (MPC8241LZQ200D) || MPC 8241 (MPC8241LZQ266D) || MPC 8241 (MPC8241LZQ266D)||ARM9
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |CPU Speed || 200 MHz || 266 MHz || 266 MHz || 400MHZ
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |[[RAM]] || 64 MB (K4S561632D-TC75) || 128 MB (MT 48LC16M16A2-75) || 128 MB (MT 48LC16M16A2-75)|| 128 MB
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|-
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |[[Hard Drive]] || Not included || Not included || Not included || Not included
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |[[IDE Host Controller]] || Sil 0680A || Sil 0680A || Sil 0680A || Sata - Marvell
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |[[Ethernet Controller]] || 10/100 (ADMtek AN983B) || 10/100/1000 (Realtek RTL8110S-32) || 10/100/1000 (Realtek RTL8110S-32) || 10/100/1000 Marvell
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |USB Ports || 1 x 2.0 Type A (Rear) || 2 x 2.0 Type A (1 Front & 1 Rear) || 2 x 2.0 Type A (1 Front & 1 Rear) || 2 x 2.0 Type A (Rear) + SATA + PCIExpressx1
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |[[USB Host Controller]] || NEC μPD720101GJ-UEN || NEC μPD720101GJ-UEN || NEC μPD720101GJ-UEN || ??
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |[[Flash ROM]] || 4 MB (Fujitsu 29PL32TM-90PFTN) || 4 MB (Fujitsu 29PL32TM-90PFTN) || 4 MB (Fujitsu 29PL32TM-90PFTN)|| 256MB
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |[[Atmel AVR|Microcontroller]] || Atmel AVR (AT90S2313-4SC) || Atmel AVR (AT90S2313-4SC) || Atmel AVR (AT90S2313-4SC) || ?
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| bgcolor="#DDDDDD" |Power supply || Internal 110V || Internal 110V || External 110V-240V switching | ??
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Revision as of 05:03, 18 April 2007

What is the Kurobox?

The Kurobox is a small-footprint Embedded Linux-based platform for a personal server.

The most recent incarnation of the Kurobox, the Kurobox HG/WR, sports a 266Mhz PowerPC processor, 128MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 Ports, and a 10/100/1000Mbit network interface. The Kurobox comes without a hard drive, but supports any standard IDE (Parallel ATA (PATA), not Serial ATA (SATA)) 3.5" drive. The Kurobox runs on a Linux kernel, and has multiple options for actual distribution. Actually, any Linux distribution that supports PPC will work, but so far the community has ported over Gentoo, Debian, Fedora and Sylver's Distro (which is an updated and modified version the Kurobox's original embedded distribution).

To give you a rough idea about the Kurobox HG's power, it can transcode (decode and then re-encode to another bitrate) MP3's using LAME at about 25% faster than realtime. While not as fast as today's modern PC's, this is coming from a box that uses only 17 watts of juice. The tiny onboard fan (used to dissipate the hard drive's heat) is ultra-quiet at 22dB.

The KuroBox is not for the faint of heart -- there is no graphical installer, no "click here to launch your web server" button. However, if you know a little about Linux, or are willing to learn, the Kurobox is an excellent platform for a small space server.

Revogear

Kanji for Kuro Box

More details on the current Kurobox can be found at revogear.com. Revogear is a division of Buffalo Technology (USA) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Melco Holdings Inc.

Please email questions to John(at)revogear.com

Kurobox Specifications

Kurobox Kurobox HG Kurobox HG WR Kurobox PRO
Case 7.0” x 2.4” x 7.4” 7.0” x 2.4” x 7.4” 7.0” x 2.4” x 7.4” ?
CPU Type MPC 8241 (MPC8241LZQ200D) MPC 8241 (MPC8241LZQ266D) MPC 8241 (MPC8241LZQ266D) ARM9
CPU Speed 200 MHz 266 MHz 266 MHz 400MHZ
RAM 64 MB (K4S561632D-TC75) 128 MB (MT 48LC16M16A2-75) 128 MB (MT 48LC16M16A2-75) 128 MB
Hard Drive Not included Not included Not included Not included
IDE Host Controller Sil 0680A Sil 0680A Sil 0680A Sata - Marvell
Ethernet Controller 10/100 (ADMtek AN983B) 10/100/1000 (Realtek RTL8110S-32) 10/100/1000 (Realtek RTL8110S-32) 10/100/1000 Marvell
USB Ports 1 x 2.0 Type A (Rear) 2 x 2.0 Type A (1 Front & 1 Rear) 2 x 2.0 Type A (1 Front & 1 Rear) 2 x 2.0 Type A (Rear) + SATA + PCIExpressx1
USB Host Controller NEC μPD720101GJ-UEN NEC μPD720101GJ-UEN NEC μPD720101GJ-UEN  ??
Flash ROM 4 MB (Fujitsu 29PL32TM-90PFTN) 4 MB (Fujitsu 29PL32TM-90PFTN) 4 MB (Fujitsu 29PL32TM-90PFTN) 256MB
Microcontroller Atmel AVR (AT90S2313-4SC) Atmel AVR (AT90S2313-4SC) Atmel AVR (AT90S2313-4SC)  ?
Power supply Internal 110V Internal 110V  ??