Management card for PC computers

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Dr. Kovácsházy Tamás
Department of Measurement and Information Systems

Remote management has been long applied for network equipment and servers. This function can be available in some computers (servers) integrated, but when a PC computer cannot provide this option, the user may add Management card to the motherboard. Either solution we choose, the hardware costs of remote access are very high; therefore, we must carefully consider the application of it. Therefore, in everyday life, they do not used in a great extent.

Because of the above mentioned facts, the topic of my thesis is the development of a simple, low cost Management card that provides remote access primarily through command-line interface, especially for Linux-based computers and embedded systems. Main requirements: the Management card, what I develop, must be reliable and small as possible, and have to perform the basic functions required, and in addition, it must be low cost also.

In my thesis I examine the construction of the most popular Management cards first. I compare their advantages and disadvantages. I list the essential features for the application and the sensors most useful on a Management card. I consider different implementation of the power supply and consequences of their use. After that I design the detailed schematics and PCB layout of the Management card. As a continuation of this thesis after defending it, I will manufacture the prototype, I will test it, and implement the embedded software required for operation.


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