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The SheevaPlug is a development platform, targeted for use as a plug computer, and designed to run network-based software services. It features a Kirkwood Series SoC with an embedded Marvell Sheeva™ CPU core running at 1.2 GHz. This device connects to the network using GbE, offers desktop class performance, and can be used to replace a PC-based home server for many applications. Peripherals connect using the included USB 2.0 port.

The development kit is enclosed in a plastic case that also contains a universal power supply. For developers a USB-based debug connection is included to enable simple debugging and reprogramming.


  • 1.2 Ghz ARM CPU (88F6281 aka kirkwood) (L1 Cache: 16K Instruction + 16K Data, L2 Cache: 256KB)
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 512 MB NAND flash
  • 1 GBit ethernet
  • USB host port
  • Real Time Clock with batter
  • JTAG and console interface via USB
  • SDIO interface

Pictures of the internals can be found at


Linux variants supported or in the works:

  • Ubunto
  • gentoo
  • debian
  • fedora
  • openembedded

Purchasing and more info

You can order a sheevaplug for USD 99 from

Documentation can be found at

"Its hardware design is completely open -- everything from schematics to Gerber files will be available on a website ... volume pricing could fall to $50" [1].

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