NEC Crusoe SBC - CB56
There are already several Single Board Computer manufacturers on the market with Crusoe-based
solutions. NEC (Yonezawa) is the first "brand name" to enter into this region
with a Crusoe SBC. The CB56 SBC is a farily standard solution which NEC expect
to sell about 10000 units of this year for around 72000 Yen ($600USD) apiece at
The CB56, which measures 170 x 150mm, forms the basis of both the CS56 server
and CW56 Web pad. A secondary board, known as the "sub board" gives the CB56 the
extra ports and functionality required for the server application, while the
single CB56 unit provides the slim foot-print necessary for the portable web
The unit consumes less than 10 Watts of power while in use and offers users
silent operation as no fan is used to cool the TM5600 Crusoe processor. The unit
has two system connectors to make it versatile for industrial applications,
IA's, etc. As with most Crusoe SBC's, they tend to operate best in Linux
environments but are equally capable with Windows operating systems loaded.
The CB56 uses the Ali M1535 south bridge chipset, ATI
Rage Mobility graphics chipset, and can be expanded to 256MB of memory with an
onboard SO-DIMM socket. A battery control circuit is built-in.
The CB56 has some interesting characteristics seeing as it can be used not only as the basis for a SOHO server, but as an SBC and the back bone for a portable devices like a web pad.