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Imagining an ad-free Internet with AdTrap

Particularly in the holiday season, many of us are bombarded with advertisements as we surf the web. While there may not be a whole heck of a lot we can do about other forms of ads (like billboards or digital signage) we come across throughout the day, a Palo Alto-based company is however letting us eradicate adverts from our computer, mobile device and even smart TV screens.


In essence, AdTrap is an ad-filtering, open-source hardware device that simply plugs into your Internet router and banishes ads from your entire network. The creation, which first successfully debuted on Kickstarter two years ago, is the brainchild of Makers Chad Russell and Charles Butkus as they reminisced the ad-free “glory days” of the Internet.


The white rectangular box, resembling a wireless router and costs $129, is packed with an Atmel | SMART AT91SAM9X25 MCU, 128MB RAM, 256MB Flash for storage, two ethernet ports, two CAN buses, a serial port, a software modem, USB host/device as well as a ZigBee interface. AdTrap is also based on open-source Linux firmware, which its creators say can be easily tweaked.


And for those wishing to access certain ads or sites, you can still do so by easily configuring your own set of rule filters using its online management system. So, are you ready to browse the web without any interruptions? You can more about the Atmel | SMART based device by visiting its official site here.

Atmel’s AT91SAM9X25 powers iPAC-9X25 SBC

EMAC has debuted the iPAC-9X25, an embedded single board computer (SBC) powered by Atmel’s ARM-based AT91SAM9X25 microprocessor (MPU).

The iPAC-9X25 is targeted at a number of applications, including industrial temperature operations, embedded data acquisition and control.

Key specs include an industrial temperature range of -40C to 85C, 4GB of eMMC Flash, 16MB of serial data Flash (for boot) and 128 MB of DDR RAM.

“The iPac-9X25 is a web enabled [platform] with the ability to run an embedded server and display the current monitored or logged data,” an EMAC rep explained in a recent blog post.

“The web connection is available via two 10/100 Base T Ethernet ports, or 802.11 wireless WiFi networking when using [specific] Linux modules and adapters. All connectors [are] brought out as headers on [the] board, [with] the same footprint of a standard PC/104 module at 3.77″ x 3.54″.”

Additional features include:

  • One RS232 serial port with full handshake (RTS/CTS/DTR/DSR/RI)
Two RS232 serial ports (TX and RX only)
  • One RS232/422/485 serial port with RTS/CTS handshake
  • Two 10/100 Base T Ethernet ports
  • Two USB 2.0 Host ports
  • One USB device port
  • 7 channels of 12 bit A/D (0-3.3 volt)
Internal real time clock/calendar with battery backup
  • 21 GPIO (3.3 V) lines on header
8 high drive open collector dedicated digital output lines with configurable voltage tolerance
16 GPIO (3.3V) on header
  • 2 PWM I/O lines with additional 4 PWN lines shared with A/D
5 Synchronous Serial I/O lines (I2S)
5 SPI lines (2 SPI CS), I2C Bus and CAN Bus
  • Micro SD socket and an external reset button
  • Red power and green status LEDs

The iPac-9X25 is currently priced at $198, while additional information about the product is available here.