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[2]: video?
by msundman on Thu 1st Dec 2005 09:14 UTC in reply to "RE: video?"
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> > Umm.. sure. My G3-based (700MHz IIRC) Mac doesn't
> > have enough horsepower to show movies, but this
> > MPC5200B @ 466MHz (or less) will? I'll believe it
> > when I see it.
> I'm watching full-screen movies on my 366 MHz ThinkPad
> under FreeBDS for ages so I'd say you're just shittin.

So what? You can even play full-screen movies on a dog-slow A500. You just can't play normal, full resolution movies, and I don't believe for a second that you can play 720x576 XviDs with your 366 MHz ThinkPad unless you have some dedicated decoder chip in it. And even if you could I still wouldn't be "shittin" since I really will believe it when I see it.

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RE[3]: video?
by mbpark on Thu 1st Dec 2005 20:03 in reply to "RE[2]: video?"
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I have a 300Mhz Thinkpad which can play full-screen DVDs.

It uses a Trident DVD decoder chip which is part of the video card, and MediaMatics DVD Express.

I am able to play full-screen DVDs with lots of action (including the intro to Fight Club) on the ThinkPad under Windows 2000 or XP Professional due to the chip offload.

The ATi All-In-Wonder video cards can do the same thing by offloading the MPEG-2 processing to the card itself so your DVD playback takes very little CPU time.

If you have the money, you can buy chips which handle your video decoding in hardware, especially from vendors such as ATi or Nvidia. You can even program an FPGA to handle the codecs for you. If Archos can do this, so can BB&RV. If any number of Chinese DVD manufacturers can support video codecs in their <$100 DVD players, so can they ;) .

I would not be surprised if they're using an FPGA or one of the commercial chip solutions out there for codec support.

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