Re: [Arm-netbook] Freescale iMX53 Quick Start board
Gordan Bobic <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:42:33 +0100, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton
> <email@example.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM, David Given <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> Are there any decent-looking Cortex A9 boards out or upcoming which
>>> support ethernet and SATA? So far I've found:
>>> PandaBoard --- $180, ethernet, no SATA.
>>> Samsung Origen --- $250, no ethernet, no SATA.
>>> Igloo Snowball --- $209, ethernet, no SATA (but other than that a
>>> nice looking device).
>>> Trimslice --- $199, ethernet, may have SATA (they mention it a lot
>>> it's unclear whether there's an actual socket or not). Comes in a
>>> Anything else worth investigating?
>> ok... yes, i can ask.
>> question (for everyone): if there existed a board which used a
>> single-core 800mhz Cortex A9, maximum hard limit of 512mb RAM, but
>> also had SATA-II and 10/100 Ethernet, would it be of interest, and
>> much would you pay for it? similar spec / design / size / interfaces
>> as the pandaboard, origen etc. just with a single-core Cortex A9
>> rather than dual-core.
>> the CPU i have in mind is the AML-8726-M (which is fantastic but is
>> hardware-limited to 512mb RAM) and i am in contact with an ODM/OEM
>> whom i believe i could persuade to create such a board if there is
>> sufficient interest in purchasing it. i've already explained to them
>> that there are benefits to them i.e. Free Software Developers
>> writing software based around the board etc. etc.
>> btw when responding please don't take the piss on a price you'd be
>> happy to pay! apart from anything it has to be enough to encourage
>> them to go ahead with the board. the beagleboard price (A8, 720mhz,
>> 512mb) is a fair guide. unlike x86 systems the CPU isn't the major
>> component cost with these embedded boards.
> All that effort just to get native SATA? I really don't think it's
> worth it.
> What use case do you have in mind? Most of my ARM systems, even for
> desktop use, get by really well on SD cards (SanDisk and Pretec if you
> have a choice) and USB sticks (I find the ones based on the Kingston
> controller handle random-writes particularly well), especially if you
> switch to using nilfs2 for non-root fs and write a few lines of shell
> for a cron job to handle killing/spawning nilfs_cleanerd.
> If you really need SATA, then there is this:
guruplug is kirkwood so armv5t(e) so it can't be used for an armhf
buildd (which requires armv7)
> Granted, it's in a box, but they are cheap and you can always
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