Kurobox Hardware and Description

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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

w: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.

Please email questions to John(at)revogear.com

Kurobox Specifications

Kurobox Kurobox HG Kurobox HG WR
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)
CPU Speed 200 MHz 266 MHz 266 MHz
RAM 64 MB (K4S561632D-TC75) 128 MB (MT 48LC16M16A2-75) 128 MB (MT 48LC16M16A2-75)
Hard Drive Not included Not included Not included
IDE Host Controller Sil 0680A Sil 0680A Sil 0680A
Ethernet Controller 10/100 (ADMtek AN983B) 10/100/1000 (Realtek RTL8110S-32) 10/100/1000 (Realtek RTL8110S-32)
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)
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)
Microcontroller Atmel AVR (AT90S2313-4SC) Atmel AVR (AT90S2313-4SC) Atmel AVR (AT90S2313-4SC)
Power supply Internal 110V Internal 110V External 110V-240V switching