Trimslice just started a opensource developer program. They'll give you a unit for 175usd plus shipping.
On Wed Aug 10 2011 07:42:33 AM CDT, 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 very
> > nice looking device).
> > Trimslice --- $199, ethernet, may have SATA (they mention it a lot but
> > it's unclear whether there's an actual socket or not). Comes in a box!
> > 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 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.
> 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.
> 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.
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