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New specifications and development status
« on: May 31, 2015, 11:19:19 PM »
The manufacturer is going forward and defines the notebook specifications. So we are reaching step by step the next milestone.

Finally we give publically the specification of the processor family that our notebook will adopt!
 It will use a Freescale processor based on a e6500 64-bit Power Architecture┬« Core Technology that includes Altivec technology with 16 GFLOPS per core.

The notebook will have 2 memory slots for DDR3L RAM (low power).
The notebook will have USB2 and USB3 ports.

Website announcement with more info
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Re: New specifications and development status
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2015, 01:04:26 AM »

Nice and expected choice (only remaining is expensive IBM Power series).
Current PPC high end, and as no notebook has ever used before :-)

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Re: New specifications and development status
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2016, 11:51:42 PM »
The e6500 core (T2080 / T4080) is a good choice.
But after the deal with NXP, I am not confident, if NXP will stick with future development of the PowerPC. I'm hoping it.

On the other hand, a POWER8 (or a striped down version of it) would be also a good choice, maybe a better one (for future notebooks). A 12-core POWER8 has a TDP of 190W at 3.1GHz. A 4-core 2.5GHz POWER8 should fit in a notebook, maybe?

Okay, a POWER8 is too expensive and the temperature is maybe also too high.

But for example, a striped down version of the POWER6 (POWER6UL) was in IBMs drawer.

This was only a thought, don't hit me, please.
DDR3 and USB3 is also a good choice. Maybe Thunderbolt is also possible?
Because of such possibilities:
http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-blade-stealth#ultrabook-desktop :-)

The notebook should be as small as possible. My personal preference.
The case should designed in a way that the MXM, SSD or RAM is easy to change / upgrade.

About the MXM graphic card. My personal preference is ATi.

About nVidia and Linux PowerPC driver:
nVidia has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation:
https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/48075.wss

Maybe in the future we will get good Linux drivers from nVidia?
Maybe it does make sense to join the OPF as well? As "PowerPC-Notebook project"?

This all are only thoughts. Input are welcome :-)
Carlos

Edit: Ah, also has Genesi plans for a PowerPC device. Maybe it does make sense to do a collaboration with Genesi? It's because we are only a few PowerPC enthusiastic, we should all stay together.

I will also contact a few PowerPC fans, maybe they would like to join the team.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2016, 01:21:18 AM by Carlos »

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Re: New specifications and development status
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2016, 10:14:13 AM »
Hi Carlos,
I'm, as individual member, already in OPF.
I can see that Nvidia and ATI are disclosing their-self to Open Source.
Join OPF as PowerPC-Notebook project" could be a good suggestion to discuss with the core team of our project, thanks for the suggestion.
Genesi as new PowerPC plans? really? where have you read this? please share the links about.

many thanks!

Do you are already active with our projects?
In case please evaluate to activate yourself.



The e6500 core (T2080 / T4080) is a good choice.
But after the deal with NXP, I am not confident, if NXP will stick with future development of the PowerPC. I'm hoping it.

On the other hand, a POWER8 (or a striped down version of it) would be also a good choice, maybe a better one (for future notebooks). A 12-core POWER8 has a TDP of 190W at 3.1GHz. A 4-core 2.5GHz POWER8 should fit in a notebook, maybe?

Okay, a POWER8 is too expensive and the temperature is maybe also too high.

But for example, a striped down version of the POWER6 (POWER6UL) was in IBMs drawer.

This was only a thought, don't hit me, please.
DDR3 and USB3 is also a good choice. Maybe Thunderbolt is also possible?
Because of such possibilities:
http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-blade-stealth#ultrabook-desktop :-)

The notebook should be as small as possible. My personal preference.
The case should designed in a way that the MXM, SSD or RAM is easy to change / upgrade.

About the MXM graphic card. My personal preference is ATi.

About nVidia and Linux PowerPC driver:
nVidia has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation:
https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/48075.wss

Maybe in the future we will get good Linux drivers from nVidia?
Maybe it does make sense to join the OPF as well? As "PowerPC-Notebook project"?

This all are only thoughts. Input are welcome :-)
Carlos

Edit: Ah, also has Genesi plans for a PowerPC device. Maybe it does make sense to do a collaboration with Genesi? It's because we are only a few PowerPC enthusiastic, we should all stay together.

I will also contact a few PowerPC fans, maybe they would like to join the team.
Roberto Innocenti

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Re: New specifications and development status
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2016, 12:49:15 PM »
Ciao Roberto,

sorry, I have forgotten to post the link, Bill mention it:
http://amigaworld.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=39769&forum=14&start=20&viewmode=flat&order=0#773101
No further news since then.

Genesi has also made the EFIKA MX Smartbook, would be interesting to know, where they got/ made the chassis. Maybe we could use a slightly modified chassis of the EFIKA?
I searched the web, but didn't find a good source about chassis ...

How could I become "active"? I would like to.
Edit: I have subscribed the newsletter already.
« Last Edit: January 26, 2016, 04:04:50 PM by Carlos »

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Re: New specifications and development status
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2016, 12:11:26 PM »
Ciao Roberto,

in the meantime, have you talked to Bill from Genesi?
What has come of it?

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Re: New specifications and development status
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2016, 06:31:40 PM »
Several years ago "markos" has tried to ask for a new PowerPC based system:
http://nwww.amigaworld.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic_id=29594&forum=33&start=0&viewmode=flat&order=0
He is or was also active on this forum.

Maybe he has some knowledge of crowdfunding or finding suppliers?

 

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