Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2012 00:14 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Big news from the Raspberry Pi front today - they have a manufacturing date. "The boards will be finished on February 20. Eben and I may be going to China to make sure that the boards can be brought up properly for that date if necessary. We'll be airfreighting them to the UK immediately, so you should be able to buy them before the end of the month."
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That's not all!!
by bloodline on Tue 7th Feb 2012 11:49 UTC
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Member since:
2008-07-28

Slightly bigger news is that they are also releasing the ARM datasheet for their SoC!! Us hobby oS guys can use that to port our favourite OS to this tiny device, I'm pretty pleased to be honest ;)

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RE: That's not all!!
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2012 11:51 in reply to "That's not all!!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The Broadcom datasheet is heavily butchered. Lots of important data removed.

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RE[2]: That's not all!!
by deathshadow on Tue 7th Feb 2012 13:44 in reply to "RE: That's not all!!"
deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

True, it is butchered, but to even get this much out of Broadcom is nothing short of a miracle -- given we're talking about the company that driver developers joke "doesn't want you to actually use their hardware".

Hell, you can be building cards using their chips under contract and not get that much information out of them...

Ah for the good old days where EVERYTHING had complete implementation docs... You know, like a TRS-80 technical reference where you get the entire computers circuit diagrams AND copies of the major chips tech specs, right down to timing charts?

Edited 2012-02-07 13:46 UTC

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RE[2]: That's not all!!
by droidix on Tue 7th Feb 2012 14:41 in reply to "RE: That's not all!!"
droidix Member since:
2008-03-13

With the device being so popular, hopefully the community can reverse engineer the missing pieces and produce their own data sheet. Really unfortunate it has to be this way though.

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