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The Linuxstamp is designed to be a general purpose processor module. It is designed to work as a stand alone module (SD card, ethernet and USB/Serial converter are all on the module). This allows all initial development to be done without a motherboard, but for integration into a specific project a motherboard with specific features could be designed. Check out the start of the first mother board for the linuxstamp, Mboard 1.


  • Atmel AT91RM9200 processor (Arm9 processor with MMU)
  • 32MB SDRAM (Only limited by 1x 54-TSOP SDRAM chip)
  • 8MB SPI Dataflash
  • 1x 10/100 Ethernet
  • 1x USB host port (allows wifi adapters, flash drives and other USB devices to be used)
  • 1x SD card slot
  • Serial debug port access through FTDI USB/Serial converter
  • JTAG port
  • 2-Layer PCB design
  • POE capable (48v -> 5v Power supply can be implemented on a motherboard)


All files for this project are licensed under the GNU GPL V2

Project files

Warning!!! This is an untested design. As testing results are available I will post them on this site.


The power supply for the board is based on the Linear LTC3407-3. This is a very compact high frequency switching power supply. It has both a 3.3v and a 1.8v output. It does have a very tight input range 3.3v-5.5v. The Micrel PHY also needs 2.5v, but this is provided by an internal regulator. Currently a regulated 5v must be used to power the board. Talking with Jeff from Jendy Labs it seems like POE (Power Over Ethernet) is a good idea. Wekipedia has a good general description of POE. The basic idea is that POE provides 48v and up to 13 watts, more than enough power for the Linuxstamp. The problem for the module is that a 48v -> 5v power supply is not small or cheap. In order to take advantage of POE without increasing the board size I found a part from Transtek Magnetics that is made for POE and has the rectifier built into the jack. The 48v lines are then connected to the pin header. This will allow a motherboard to integrate a POE power supply.


Free DFM looks good for the design. We should order the boards any day now. Here are the links if anyone is interested.


The AT91RM9200 has several features the faciliate easy booting. There is a good description of the booting order here. Atmel provides a tiny program that lives in the Dataflash and loads u-boot.

  • Configuring and building u-boot

First we need the u-boot source found here. If you have not yet built a cross compilier now would be a good time to do so (See the cross compilier section below). Now you can do a test for the Atmel AT91RM9200 DK board.

  • run "make at91rm9200dk_config"
  • run "make"

This should give you a "u-boot.bin" file. We will have to write a board specific configuration file for the Linuxstamp. We should be able to base it off the the Atmel DK board. If you look at "/u-boot-1.1.6/include/configs/at91rm9200dk.h" you can see the configuration for the DK board.

Cross Compilier

In order to compile for the AT91RM9200 we need to build a cross compilier. Dan Kegel has created a very useful tool for building a cross compiliers. I am using Fedora 6 (x86_64) as my host system. After downloading and extracting crosstool I made two small changes. In the "" file I changed the eval line to

  • "eval 'cat arm.dat gcc-4.1.1-glibc-2.3.2.dat' sh --notest"

In the "arm.dat" file I changed the TARGET to "arm-linux" (By default u-boot looks for arm-linux-* tools). Now if you run "" you should get a cross compilier.

Eagle Stuff

I will put tools and libaries here.

  • I would post a cam job, but opencircuits won't let me upload a .cam file



The parts cost for qty 1 is $75 from digikey, and $55 for qty 100
I'm sure this can be greatly reduced with higher quantity
We will make a small run soon, and I will let you know when these are available


Can I plug a USB peripheral into the Linuxstamp, such as a USB Wifi adapter? --DavidCary 22:02, 17 April 2007 (PDT)
Yes, any USB device that is supported by the kernel should work with the Linuxstamp. --Linuxvolts 23:15, 18 April 2007 (PDT)


For further questions or comments please contact Paul (pthomas8589 _at_ gmail _dot_ com)