CES Update: x86 Processor Module in a DIP

While walking through the halls of CES yesterday, we came across this one booth that had a bunch of cool stuff, like a robotic hand. [iCOP] makes a cool set of x86 processor modules with dual 0.100″ spaced headers. This allows for easy prototyping on a breadboard so you can quickly put together your latest project. What applications can you think of for these things?


  1. mingNom says:

    Could you interface a pair of VGA glasses and use this to read ebooks /watch video on the move?

  2. Wifi Robots! says:

    With some linux you could have a tiny robo server!

  3. Chris says:

    Bet I can blink an LED crazy fast

  4. sfe says:

    just leaving this here.

  5. macegr says:

    No big deal, the 8086 came in 0.1″ pin spacing too. :)

  6. Sebi says:

    I’m working on a multifunktional DMX recorder with at least 25 possible presets.. my plan was to use a mini- or nano-itx, but this seems to be perfect

  7. I have used the Vortex at 1 GHz, it performs more like a 100 MHz 386. Keep your expectations low if you use one. Personally I’d use an OMAP ARM like the beagleboard or any of the chepo ARM boards if I didn’t need a display instead. Even at 500 MHz OMAP seems 20x more powerful than my 1GHz Vortex86.

  8. Osgeld says:

    interesting, guess Ill have to come back their site appears to be having issues right now, anyone know what kind of ram is on these things?

  9. Chuckt says:

    I suppose you could make a handheld with one of these.

  10. pissed says:

    “sfe”, awfully nice of you to compromise the sparkfun website the day after they do something so generous for the community. could you possibly be any more of a worthless shitbag?

  11. lolwat says:

    @pissed, you got trolled. sfe posted a screenshot of a wget output.

  12. pissed says:

    @lolwat, you’re wrong. those deploy shell scripts aren’t going to show up in a wget mirror. neither are the backups that were in the utilities directory. never mind that sparkfun confirmed the compromise by phone.

  13. Erik says:

    Why would one want to have a x86 board when there are plenty of arm boards available in the same dimensions.

  14. cantido says:


    not really getting this either.. unless maybe you have some legacy X86 binaries that you have to run.. otherwise why would you kick yourself in the gonads by using an X86 processor in a domain that it is perfectly acceptable not to use X86.

  15. Devin says:


    lol you mad

  16. pissed says:

    Yeah, I’m mad. It always pisses me off to see some spoiled child with no self control smash things for no reason other than to see the pieces fly off.

    He probably didn’t win the free day lottery. Big deal, neither did 70,000 other people. But this twit couldn’t deal with that like the rest of us, so he owns up the site. Wow, he really showed them. Hope the e-peen stroking helped heal the pain of the loss on his poor bruised ego.

  17. Werfu says:

    Well, I put this into a keyboard, add some flash and load FreeDOS. Now you got yourself a retro gaming station that fits into a keyboard.

  18. The Steven says:

    Give it VGA, and I could build a laptop for my daughter’s [insert name here] dolls.

  19. rbz. says:


    nah those ARE fake.

    I got the directory listing too while they were down. except i wasn’t a dick and decided to downloaded the folders.

    (means anything saucy wasnt taken, just public files.)

    @sfe – please choke.

  20. Matt says:

    The site is too slow at the moment for me to get much info :(
    I’m curious about the chipset and what processor the CPU is based on, and I/O. Is the CF adapter a custom host using something like MMIO, or is is connected to an ATA host on a PCI bus?

    Does it have BIOS, a boot loader, or is the customer responsible for this?

    Even if you just get Linux up and running on it via something like Core Boot, the availability of a JTAG interface could allow for some security research. Depending on price, it could even be reasonable on a basic budget.

    I have a lot of experience in ‘embedded’ x86 and something like this could give me a platform to have some real fun with.

  21. rbz. says:


    Oh my god. I laughed at this,

    “Hope the e-peen stroking helped heal the pain of the loss on his poor bruised ego.”

  22. Paul says:

    I own a Roboard and we are planning on using it for Jack the Blackjack playing robot V2

    also looking at an autonomous turret

  23. Almost_There says:

    Does anyone know, ballpark, what price range these things run?

  24. Matt says:



    It looks pretty robust with the various I/O it supports.

  25. Paul says:

    @ Almost_There

    I paid over $300 for the Roboard RB-100 which is an 800mhz board with 256 mb of ram and all the I/O ports. It’s based on a Vortex86 chip like those.

    the thing even has a miniPCI slot which we used to conect a monitor to the thing. very cool stuff, much smaller in person that in the pictures!

    only complaint was that getting XP on them was a chore.

  26. rbz says:


    I was going to ask could you get XP on them.

    How do they run? They do look pretty usefull to carry around; attach an LCD and hey presto.

    how big are they, can’t really judge it from the picture.

  27. eric says:

    x86 is icky.

  28. Drone says:

    “Why would one want to have a x86 board when there are plenty of arm boards available in the same dimensions.”

    What a pain to recompile the huge pile of existing stuff for IAx86 out there just for an ARM board that costs more and does less than an LX800 board.

  29. ParkedCar says:

    I was planning on using a Net-top in my truck for navigation and music playback.

    I also planned on getting a PSP LCD and touch screen from sparkfun.com but by the time I got to enter my info the $$ limit had been reached.

    This x86 board would be perfect to fit in behind an LCD of the size I’m planning.

  30. Zim_256 says:

    It looks like you can throw that board inside a 15″ LCD, add some video, MS and KB IF and presto!, you got a new AIO PC.
    It surely can run Win2k or XP Embedded.

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