Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:07 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Remember the Raspberry Pi ARM board we talked about last week? Well, while running Quake III is all fine and dandy and illustrates the board is capable of something, it didn't really tell me anything since I'd guess few people are going to use such a board for gaming. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Raspberry Pi team posted another demo today - running 1080p video for eight hours straight. The chip was still cool to the touch. And just to reiterate: $25.
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OLPC
by ARUmar on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:22 UTC
ARUmar
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2009-10-08

cant Negroponte and his crew get in on this instead of chas'ng after intel et al for their hardware base and the sub 100 buck touchpaad for kids seems more than just a pipe dream.

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RE: OLPC
by viton on Thu 8th Sep 2011 23:12 in reply to "OLPC"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

instead of chas'ng after intel et al for their hardware base

They are not.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/161112/olpc_set_to_dump_x86_for_arm_...

http://armdevices.net/2011/01/09/olpc-xo-1-75-arm-marvell-armada-61...

Edited 2011-09-08 23:14 UTC

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RE[2]: OLPC
by FunkyELF on Sun 11th Sep 2011 19:49 in reply to "RE: OLPC"
FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

That video was good... it was like watching a 3rd grader ask questions to Albert Einstein, but he kept his cool and answered the questions nicely.

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RE: OLPC
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 8th Sep 2011 23:21 in reply to "OLPC"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

We'll see how much the Raspberry actually is when its released and what it actually looks like when in production.

Its exciting that prices are dropping quickly for computers/tablets. I do agree with the general sentiment, that it makes a ton more sense to just re-purpose an existing hardware design, than to create one from scratch. ViewSonic is going to release a 7 inch tab for $200 retail. Heck the kindle is around 100. It also has a huge battery life. Those might be extremely beneficial, when preloaded with tons of books ( do they still have substantial on board storage? Not really sure about that).

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RE: OLPC
by joshv on Fri 9th Sep 2011 10:31 in reply to "OLPC"
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2006-03-18

This thing is a motherboard, not a PC. Once you add battery, power supply, monitor, input devices, and housing, the price of the motherboard/CPU doesn't factor in to the equation all that strongly.

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RE[2]: OLPC
by theninth on Fri 9th Sep 2011 11:26 in reply to "RE: OLPC"
theninth Member since:
2009-08-20

I think many of us have DC-adapters lying around that would handle the job just fine. We have TV sets with HDMI, we have spare keyboards with USB and maybe a SD-card big enough to fit a OS. Many of us would have really fun with that board without spendning extra money.

Edited 2011-09-09 11:35 UTC

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RE[2]: OLPC
by ilovebeer on Fri 9th Sep 2011 16:22 in reply to "RE: OLPC"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

This thing is a motherboard, not a PC. Once you add battery, power supply, monitor, input devices, and housing, the price of the motherboard/CPU doesn't factor in to the equation all that strongly.

Challenge accepted:

Rasberry Pi w/ethernet: $35

keyboard, mouse, speakers: $13.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823174014

20" lcd monitor: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254055

HDMI -> DVI adapter: $4.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999007

7-port usb hub w/external power: 16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182146

4GB class 6 SDHC for installing Linux OS: $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208090

That's a full 1080P capable htpc for under $200, with an extremely small footprint and low power consumption. Most people, I'm sure, wouldn't need more then the Rasberry Pi ($35), a remote control with ir receiver ($20), and possibly an sdhc ($7).

Yes, there is potential here.

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