I haven't built up a system in ages, so I'm looking for a suggestion and maybe generate some conversation about low power computing.
I'd like a low power system (in watts) that will run Win 7 with modest graphics and will support at least 4 serial ports on the motherboard. If needed I could start with one or two on the MB and add a serial card with 4 more, but i digress. I'll be looking for a DC-DC power supply so I can run the computer off 12 volt battery banks. (hence the need for low power) I'll be generating the power from solar and wind so I don't want to waste any power heating up things I don't need.
I prefer to not use the usb to serial methods as I already do that with a laptop and it's a mess.
This system will be mounted on a sailboat, connected to SSB Radio, Pactor Modem, AIS system and probably a Navtex receiver. All these devices have serial connections so I'd like to avoid the usb-serial dongle thing.
Keeping things as simple as possible is a goal.
Anyway if you have any thoughts about this I'd sure like to hear about it.
The quatech site turns out to be a gold mine of ideas. I see they have a serial to ethernet device that would allow me to connect all these serial devices to the network, then run my apps from other computers as required.