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Re: Phase 5 Statement on Linux for PowerPC

On Wed, 18 Aug 1999, Phillip R. Jaenke wrote:

> Tom Rini wrote:
> > I think trying to cut down an ATX board to notebook size would be harder
> > (or at least as hard) as designing your own board.  In fact, this might
> > not be too hard (if you have some good EE guys) and a good deal of
> > knowledge.  Be manage to make a mobo so...  I think using the IBM stuff > as a referance and doing a new board might be easier.  But I'm no EE guy
> > myself.
> I'm looking at it as I'm looking at redesigning onboard computers for
> cars. (Very very ambitious task, let me tell you. Did you know you only
> have about a cubic foot, if that, of room for the onboard computer in a
> '95 Escort hatchback?!) Basically, I believe it'd simply be a matter of
> different heat dissipation methods, and rearranging/splitting up the
> board into sepearte parts, with basic interconnects. (Just reroute
> traces to Molex connectors or something.) Sorta like PeeCee (*UGH!*)
> laptops, only cooler. I figure if we can get it to fit in a PC laptop
> case, all the better. 14.1" active matrix screens own you. (As opposed
> to the IBM ThinkPad 860 I have now, which is about as 'owning' as
> Unixware. Eww.)

Ahh.  So you have some experiance here then.. :)

> Another possibility I thought of is semi-emulating the ThinkPad 860.
> There's 4.3G SCSI *laptop* HDDs now, apparently. And we all know SCSI
> beats IDE any day. Sooo.. well.. you know where I'm going. (The ThinkPad
> 860 (603/166) has a 2x SCSI2 CD-ROM and a 2.5G SCSI2 HDD.)

Well, I guess besides cost (onboard scsi might run thigns up a wee bit
more), it's a gread idea.  And since this is limtied run anyhow, cost will
suck regardless.  I'd be interested tho (as would many others i'm sure)
once you have some price quotes (and #s for bigger orders).

Tom Rini (TR1265)

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