Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Apr 2008 20:01 UTC, submitted by irbis
3D News, GL, DirectX Open Graphics Project founder Timothy Miller recently noted on the project's mailing list that they are set to announce that their first hardware, the OGD1, is ready for pre-order. "The OGD1 design has actually been finished for a couple of months now," he began, explaining that they've been setting up a way to process pre-orders for the first 100 boards. The board will retail at USD 1500, with a USD 100 discount offered for the first 100 pre-orders. "These are pre-orders, not orders," Timothy continued, "that means the lead time is unpredictable. We don't have a stock. We will purchase a stock based on the number of pre-orders we get. Also, this means that if we never get a large enough number of pre-orders, we will be unable to fulfil them; all pre-orders would be cancelled, and no one would be charged anything."
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Yup...
by 1c3d0g on Wed 16th Apr 2008 21:32 UTC
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2005-07-06

...that IS definitely too much. I certainly don't have that kind of cash lying around, and I'm sure most users won't be able to afford it either.

I seriously hope this won't be the end of the project as I admire what they've accomplished so far. But something definitely needs to be done to make it more affordable. :-(

Edited 2008-04-16 21:33 UTC

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RE: Yup...
by gustl on Thu 17th Apr 2008 14:09 in reply to "Yup..."
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2006-01-19

This is a developers boeard, not a graphic card.

It contains a FPGA (freely programmable gate array) which is some sort of rewireable chip.

It is needed to design the chip layout (which transistors have to sit where, and how should they be connected).
When the chip layout is finished, it will be given to a chip manufacturer who will then make the actual special purpose fixedly wired graphics chip. This step will cost close to 2 Million US$ up front.

The actual graphics chip will cost much less than 1500 $. It will be close to 150$, something I at least would gladly shell out to get a graphics card which will be the best supported one in every Linux and BSD distro.

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