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Re: Another "new" ARM plateform

On Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 01:14:49PM +0000, David Pottage wrote:
> On 25/12/13 17:37, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> >just something for people's attention, this is a pretty damn good find
> >by erix: quad-core 1ghz iMX6, it has 2gb of RAM, SATA, GbE and a full
> >MiniPCIe slot (not just USB-only but *full* PCIe because the iMX6 has
> >1x PCIe).  and plenty more.  on the face of it it looks like the $150
> >price tag is high when compared to alternatives but the alternatives
> >don't come with SATA, PCIe or 2gb of RAM.
> Thanks for the link. (1)
> The price and spec looks quite similar to a Wandaboard quad (2),
> which is not supprising considering they have the same Freescale
> iMX6 SOC.

The big difference I see is MiniPCIe, which I don't think the wandboard has.
The wandboard has a swappable CPU/memory module, so in theory you get get a
CPU/RAM upgrade (not sure if the wandboard solo/duallite can be upgraded to
the wandboard quad with just the CPU/RAM module).

> How good is the mainline linux kernel support for the Freescale iMX6 SOC?

I'm running the wandboard quad with 3.12.3-1~exp1 armmp kernel that was from
Debian's experiemntal branch. Hoping to test 3.12.6-1 from unstable soon. So
far, it's worked fine as a headless server.

Works (wandboard quad):
- Sata
- microSD
- Network
- audio out (headphone)

Doesn't work (wandboard quad):
- cpufreq
- HDMI video
- HDMI audio

My hunch is a custom .dts for the Matrix *might* work with the 3.12 armmp
kernel in Debian...

live well,

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