Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Nov 2005 21:42 UTC
Morphos "Genesi is pleased to announce the development of the 4U2 sub-laptop based on the EFIKA 5K2 reference design and the Freescale MPC5200B. The 4U2 will be produced in Asia and be available in Q2 2006. The 4U2 board can be deployed in a variety of configurations and uses and includes both mobile and WIFI wireless capability." More here. The price will be $299 (EUR 255), but may drop if demand is great enough.
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RE[4]: video?
by msundman on Wed 30th Nov 2005 15:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: video?"
msundman
Member since:
2005-07-06

> > So you're essentially saying that in even the newest
> > versions of VLC for Mac OS X over 50% of the CPU is
> > wasted (regardless of the video output method used)?
> > Yeah, right.
>
> No, I'm saying that MacOS X is very resource intensive
> in itself, leaving far less available power for things
> like Video playback.

Well, at least the kernel reports that about 90% of the CPU goes to VLC when I try to play videos, but of course I don't know how much of that is in crappy support libraries. Still, it should be able to play some videos flawlessly with less than 50% CPU time.
My other two piece-of-sh*t laptops (850MHz P3 and 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe, both dead slow) run circles around the G3 Mac.


> It could also be that the supporting chipset is a pile of poo.

Even if that was the case it shouldn't cut the efficiency by half!


> I've seen 600Mhz G3 based AmigaOne's (complete with a
> [in]famously crappy chipset) play DVD's back flawlessly.
> Clearly, something is very amiss with your laptop.

Actually I don't think I have tried playing DVDs on it. I usually rip my DVDs to XviD and then just use the XviD files.

Anyway, back to the point. Even if a 700MHz G3 would somehow barely manage to play full size XviD videos it doesn't mean that a 466MHz MPC5200B would, too. As I said, I believe it when I see it.

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RE[5]: video?
by Ronald Vos on Wed 30th Nov 2005 16:17 in reply to "RE[4]: video?"
Ronald Vos Member since:
2005-07-06

VLC is very CPU intensive. My P3-500 sometimes doesn't cut it either if I got emule running. Other players like Winamp do though, but they won't play as much different files as VLC.

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RE[5]: video?
by JLF65 on Wed 30th Nov 2005 19:10 in reply to "RE[4]: video?"
JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

Anyway, back to the point. Even if a 700MHz G3 would somehow barely manage to play full size XviD videos it doesn't mean that a 466MHz MPC5200B would, too. As I said, I believe it when I see it.

My 450MHz G3 iMac plays DVD's without a hitch. It also plays 640x480 XviD/DivX AVIs just fine as long as the bitrate stays under 3000kbps (rare to ever see it that high, even with VBR encoding).

The old G3 iMacs use 66MHz SDRAM. Memory throughput is VITAL when playing video, and why the older PPC laptops weren't good at it - they had extremely poor throughput. Not only did it have only a 66MHz bus most of the time, but also had to share the memory with the video. The iMacs at least had separate video memory so they didn't share the main memory, improving throughput a little more.

The MPC5200B uses DDR266 memory. It also uses a riser for a PCI/AGP video card. It should have no trouble playing movies.

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