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I've seen their explanation for the price as well.
I understand it's a heavy developers machine, but no normal home PC user will ever be affordable to afford such a machine.

They do seem to be raising quite a bit of money, but asking for 3,7 million dollars is a gargantuan amount of money for the project and I don't think they'll make that much.

I fear for the embedded Power cores under Qualcomm.

General Discussion / Potential Qualcomm takeover of NXP
« on: September 30, 2016, 11:10:19 AM »

While I had some faith NXP would continue the development of the QorIQ PowerPC line, I'm not so sure Qualcomm will do the same.

General Discussion / RISC-V
« on: September 10, 2016, 04:35:13 AM »
I was thinking the RISC-V architecture, being fully open-source as well would also be a interesting arch to look into. Even if there is at the moment only one company who offers custom silicon.

Maybe for a future project  ;) ?

Notebook chassis / Re: OS themed chassis
« on: September 05, 2016, 09:45:48 PM »
He was using a MIPS Loongson laptop, but now he uses a Thinkpad laptop with an older Core 2 Duo which doesn't contain Intel's proprietary microcode, but it's quite old.

Notebook chassis / Re: OS themed chassis
« on: September 03, 2016, 01:00:07 PM »
Why not, a good looking "geek-mod". Maybe changeable. Like the iMacs with different colors.
A GNU notebook with Richard Stallmans face on the back of the display cover :D

Amiga would also be cool. Maybe the same colors like the original Amiga beige :)
We have to pay attention on trademarks, then.

If the laptop is fully FOSS compliant, we could present Richard Stallman with a laptop. Image if he uses it during his conferences and such, that's some serious rep for our laptop! 

Notebook chassis / Re: OS themed chassis
« on: August 31, 2016, 12:05:36 PM »
Depends, engraving a logo or a custom paintjob aren't that expensive. Modifying the chassis would be expensive.
If we ever make an Amiga edition laptop, I think we really do need a special edition paint job.

General Discussion / Re: News from IBM and POWER8 / POWER9 plans
« on: August 25, 2016, 04:15:41 PM »
The new core was supposed to launch in 2015, but I suppose the takeover by NXP probably changed things.
Could be it's delayed, but since they reshuffled the website, I think it would be strange if they'd axed their Power line.
I wouldn't be surprised if they came out with the chip later anyway, the e6500 cores are still complaint with the 2.07 Power ISA and the 3.0 Power ISA POWER9 chips aren't even out yet.

Since AltiVec is an integral part of the PowerISA now, I don't think it's going anywhere.

General Discussion / Re: News from IBM and POWER8 / POWER9 plans
« on: August 25, 2016, 01:22:44 PM »
Well, the e6500 cores were released in 2012, so they must still have an engineering group going on there. I do remember seeing a followup NGC (Next Generation Core) in their roadmap to follow up the e6500 cores in the high end (and ARM on the low end). As far as I know, the Power based QorIQ chips still enjoy massive popularity in military, rugged and high-end networking gear. I think, with so many costumers and a new potentially already worked on that they might continue their Power line. I also keep seeing the emphasis they place on the fact that the Power cores are multi-threaded and optimized for virtualization (especially their T4240 with it's 12 cores and 24 threads, imagine using that in our laptop  ;) ) . If IBM also opens up their chip designs, it might become easier for NXP to alter existing full Power designs, but I'm not a chip designer, so I'm not sure.

Speculation can't hurt :).

General Discussion / Re: News from IBM and POWER8 / POWER9 plans
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:35:13 PM »
A lot of POWER9 news, but I'm still waiting for either an NXP update on their Power chips or a full fat POWER chip that is energy efficiënt enough.

It does look like NXP's product page for QorIQ has been updated (there are now 2 Power tabs, one for the P series and one for the T series of Power processors).

General Discussion / Re: News from IBM and POWER8 / POWER9 plans
« on: July 29, 2016, 04:57:48 PM »
I do hope some vendors adapt the POWER cores to a lower TDP

It's really tempting, but I don't have that kind of money.

Thanks. I'm not a big fan of football, but our national team has been doing quite well as of late :)

The choice I'd make for M.2 would mainly be a space saving measure. Space saved on drive spaced is space that can be used for a bigger battery/ more RAM slots ;)/ thinner laptop. We could always opt for an M.2 and a 2.5" drive combo as a compromise.

I wouldn't go for a standard 2.5" SATA SSD, but I would opt for 2 M.2 SSD slots that utilize SATA as interface instead of NVMe. That would be a nice, size/speed/cost compromise.

4 RAM slots? Wouldn't it be better to make sure we have 2 M.2 slots first. I think the ability to use 2 drives is more important then using 4 RAM dimms.

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