Re: Freescale iMX53 Quick Start board
On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 01:42:33PM +0100, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> 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 how
> 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.
I would think a 1GHz single core Cortex A8 with 1GB ram and SATA 1 would
be preferable to 512MB ram and 200MHz less speed. Not sure how the A8
and A9 cores compare though. Not having enough ram always sucks.
SATA 1 is still plenty for most harddisks these days. 100Mbit ethernet
is OK in general, even though gigabit is always nice.
> 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 en-masse
> writing software based around the board etc. etc.
Personally if I was buying one (and I am thinking of doing that), the
choice between the i.MX53 with 1GB ram versus something with 512MB ram,
I would get the i.MX53.
> 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.