MIPS Creator C120 development board and Debian 7

Debian 7 Xfce desktop

Back in December 2014 I won a Creator C120 single board computer from Imagination Technologies, a technology outfit based in Hertfordshire (UK).

The Creator C120 is a development board for Linux and Android.

It’s powered by a dual-core MIPS32 CPU (1.2 GHz) and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Add to that 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB NAND Flash, two USB ports, an HDMI port up to 2k resolution, a full size SD card slot, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet and WiFi connectivity (with Bluetooth 4) and what you’ve got is a very powerful single-board computer.

All that fits within a space that measures just about 4-inches around and cost just US$65.00. That’s more than the Raspberry Pi, but it also is a little bit more powerful. And I didn’t have to pay for it.

On the OS end, it can run Android 4.4 KitKat and any Linux distribution, but comes preloaded with Debian 7 (Xfce desktop) on the on-board flash memory. Figure 1 shows the unit I received with all the socket adapters that came with. It was shipped from the UK, so they made sure that booting it should not be a hassle.

Creator C120 socket adapters
Figure 1: Creator C120 with all its power socket adapters.

And this shows the unit with the connections in place. At the top end of this image, the full-sized SD card slot is to the right of the two USB ports.

MIPS Creator C120 Debian 7
Figure 2: MIPS Creator C120 with connections in place.

It was connected to a 24-inch display via the HDMI port. The maximum screen resolution (1920 x 1080) was all I could get, but that was not a problem.

Debian 7 Xfce desktop
Figure 3: Debian 7 Xfce desktop on the Creator C120

An output of df -h showed that the on-board storage still had plenty of space.

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
rootfs          7.4G  732M  6.6G  10% /
ubi0:root       7.4G  732M  6.6G  10% /
tmpfs           100M  704K  100M   1% /run
tmpfs           5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
tmpfs            10M     0   10M   0% /dev
tmpfs           200M     0  200M   0% /run/shm
ubi0:boot        32M  3.7M   29M  12% /boot

And because of the low memory footprint of Xfce, RAM usage was well below the 1 GB of RAM that came with the unit.

               total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           997        393        603          0          0        175
-/+ buffers/cache:        218        778
Swap:            0          0          0
Total:         997        393        603

I really like the Creator C120, but Xfce is not my kind of desktop environment, and so I’m heading out to buy an SD card. The goal today is to install a Cinnamon edition of another distribution and see how the unit handles it. I should be able to post something later today. Meanwhile, more information about the Creator C120 is available here. You may also visit the manufacturer’s website at http://imgtec.com/.

Related Post:  How to install the latest OpenSSH on Windows 7 and Windows 8

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Hola! Did you notice that LinuxBSDos.com no longer run network ads?  Yep, no more ads from the usual suspects that track and annoy you across the Internet. But since I still need to pay to keep the site running, feel free to make a small donation by PayPal or your favorite cryptocurrency.

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Xrp
  • Bitcoin cash
  • Bitcoin sv
  • Litecoin
  • Binance coin
  • Cardano
  • Ethereum classic
Scan to Donate Bitcoin to bc1qzvlte2m224zkayhdc7fdfjkp2rsgt0l5a496ua

Donate Bitcoin to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin

Scan to Donate Ethereum to 0x0F4362DFF77F3Ba0Dc637F5f3Eba35D09a2fA60C

Donate Ethereum to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum

Scan to Donate Xrp to r4ggjvL36njsMCYTkJ3S7cTHscPsMsSGQv

Donate Xrp to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Xrp

Scan to Donate Bitcoin cash to qrs0dedzp9t55af3nfwypydghp29r0xguy9s20fz2k

Donate Bitcoin cash to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin cash

Scan to Donate Bitcoin sv to 15K9TLyVDBtLuG9cYvXCX9SSkq9C9oUKHK

Donate Bitcoin sv to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin sv

Scan to Donate Litecoin to LetJ9QQMb7u2LMZ9Tu6rtHwcBcQFW98fbG

Donate Litecoin to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Litecoin

Scan to Donate Binance coin to bnb1ga8trq08ssqepd90v6225nzfgy448pu5pw8gxp

Donate Binance coin to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Binance coin

Scan to Donate Cardano to addr1qx2354yw49etstfljpdhwja3ajjlt487lg95vu9ngy2q6vu4rf2ga2tjhqknlyzmwa9mrm997h20a7stgectxsg5p5esq5l7d9

Donate Cardano to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Cardano

Scan to Donate Ethereum classic to 0xcD6CC972a2297FcafACDcfE042C55C69516a9264

Donate Ethereum classic to this address

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum classic

Subscribe for updates. Trust me, no spam!

Sponsored links

1. Attend Algorithm Conference, a top AI and ML event.
2. Reasons to use control panel for your server.
3. DHgate Computers Electronics, Cell Phones & more.

Upcoming events

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest

On social media
Via my newsletter

Partner links

1. Attend Algorithm Conference, a top AI and ML event for 2021.
2. Reasons to use control panel for your server.
3. DHgate Computers Electronics, Cell Phones & more.
Hacking, pentesting distributions

Linux Distributions for Hacking

Experts use these Linux distributions for hacking, digital forensics, and pentesting.

Categories
Archives

The authors of these books are confirmed to speak during

Algorithm Conference

T-minus AI

Author was the first chairperson of AI for the U.S. Air Force.

The case for killer robots

Author is the Director of the Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence.

Why greatness cannot be planned

Author works on AI safety as a Senior Research Scientist at Uber AI Labs.