[sclug] Yet Another lightweight ARM device

Philip Hands phil at hands.com
Thu Dec 15 10:08:49 UTC 2011

On Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:16:21 +0000, David Given <dg at cowlark.com> wrote:
> People may have heard me talk in the past about a project to produce a
> Raspberry-Pi-esque ARM-based device with more power and less proprietary
> hardware. Well, preorders for the device have opened. Price is currently
> $75 for just the board (no shipping, customs, PSU, etc). This will (when
> it's produced) get you:
> - 1.5GHz Cortex-A8
> - 1GB RAM
> - 1GB flash
> - MALI GPU, incredibly fast MPEG decode, HDMI, etc, etc, all the
> standard stuff
> - usual set of connectors including ethernet, USB2, SATA
> ...plus a working kernel and a decent set of non-blob drivers (although
> not for everything).
> When the thing's in mass production he's hoping for $15 a board. Which
> would be nice.
> Email with lots of information in it here:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-arm/2011/12/msg00030.html
> Preorder page here:
> http://rhombus-tech.net//allwinner_a10/orders/
> Obviously, low-level hackers only need apply right now, and I can't
> vouch for whether the project is genuine, realistic, useful, going to do
> anything other than take your money and go to the Bahamas, etc.

I probably ought to be able to vouch for most of that (well, except the
Bahamas bit) given that I'm hosting the web site for Luke.

> These
> links provided for interest value only. Value of unproduced hardware can
> go down as well as up. Nevertheless, there seems to be enough interest
> in the Pi that I reckon people would also be interested in this, so here
> you go.

On the other hand, even well motivated, well intentioned folks can run
into trouble when relying on promises made by chinese factories -- see
openpandora (who's delivery dates slipped by 18 months or more ... could
be slipping still for all I know).

Cheers, Phil.
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