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Offline farnoiseTopic starter

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Using Computer Processor (CPU) in robot
« on: November 25, 2011, 08:48:02 AM »
Hi Guys,
I was surfing a robot website where I ran into a robot that was using a 3.0 Ghz Dual Core intel processor  ???  :o, I mean when I though about it I guess there will be nothing that this robot won't do (Logic, I/O and processing wise) but I just can't figure out how you would replace a small 8 Mhz microcontroller with a giant 3.GHz processor.. is it doable? I have tonz of processors hanging around my office, could someone shed some light on this please, I'd love to know a little bit more about this,

PS: Well as you could say I am not a pro so if I am missing a simple link in here please let me know.

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Re: Using Computer Processor (CPU) in robot
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 09:32:53 AM »
To use PC processor You need to have compatible motherboard for it. Having that said, You can either buy one, or build one (which is not easy if You consider DIY).
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Re: Using Computer Processor (CPU) in robot
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 09:38:04 AM »
So you are saying I should just use a motherboard?? are there any special kind of motherboards for robots, cuz considering how much power they consume its nor ideal to have a motherboard in robot i guess

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Re: Using Computer Processor (CPU) in robot
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 10:35:47 AM »
There are already lots of boards available that can run Linux and be used in robots. For example

http://www.adafruit.com/products/278
http://www.gumstix.com/
http://beagleboard.org/

Lots of more possibilities at
http://www.linuxfordevices.com/

The next rev of Arduino will include a 32-bit ARM version, which will be capable of running linux, but I doubt it will come that way.
http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/arm-arduino-coming

Edit, my mistake the new Arduino isn't going to have enough RAM or flash to run linux.

« Last Edit: November 25, 2011, 10:41:04 AM by joe61 »

 


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