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Car computer runs Red Flag Linux

Nov 13, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

DingCheng Electronics has announced a GPS-enabled PC that fits “double DIN” stereo bays. The CarPC 102 has a 4x45W amp, and runs Red Flag Linux or Windows on a 1.1GHz Pentium M processor, with 256MB RAM, 40GB hard drive, DVD/CD-RW drive, and 7-inch WXGA touchscreen display.

(Click for larger view of the DingCheng CarPC 102)

GuangDong, China-based DingCheng says the CarPC 102 is designed for cars with double DIN sized dashboard openings, which measure approximately 7 x 4 inches. The company offers 10 car PC models in all, including some supporting regular DIN (7.125 x 2). It does not appear to offer any car PCs that fit GM/Chrysler's DIN-and-a-half openings, however.

The CarPC 102 is said to play MP3 and MP4 audio files, while offering a built-in Bluetooth hands-free phone interface. A USB-based GPRS or CDMA wireless modem is optional. Other options include “rear-view video,” and a TV tuner.

Red Flag Linux is a Chinese version of Linux based on Asianux.

Dingcheng's CarPC 102
(Click to enlarge)

The following lists some of the CarPC 102's key specifications:

  • Processor — 1.1GHz Intel PM (up to 1.6GHz, FSB 400MHz) with Intel 855 chipset
  • Memory — 256MB (up to 1GB) DDR 266MHz
  • Storage — 40GB hard drive; DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive; SD card reader
  • Display — 7-inch TFT touchscreen (1280×768 resolution)
  • Communications — Bluetooth adapter and phone; optional USB-based GPRS or CDMA wireless modem
  • I/O — 4 x USB; 1 x Serial port; VGA out; 1 x video in; 4-channel low frequency audio output; 3 x audio in; mic and headphone jacks
  • Audio — Talking Sony Vehicle loudspeaker; 4-line, 45W digital amplifier
  • Other — GPS navigation system; stereo AM/FM Radio; Bluetooth-based phone; MP3/MP4 playback
  • Options — rear-view video; DVB TV tuner; driving information recorder
  • Working voltage — DC 6~20V
  • Power consumption — < 45W
  • Power Supply — 150W (includes ITPS)


No pricing or availability information was available from DingCheng, but more information may be found at the DingCheng website, here.

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