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Id love to get one for a HTPC
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i wonder how this will fare with flash player. as long as it can play youtube videos at 360p i will be very happy.
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The CPU is slow because the damn thing is only 25 bucks. WHO CARES? The GPU will be the focus point for this device as far as its main intended uses go.
    
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Originally Posted by R4Z0R View Post

The CPU is slow because the damn thing is only 25 bucks. WHO CARES? The GPU will be the focus point for this device as far as its main intended uses go.

one would think that the cpu would be a massive bottleneck...

edit: MASSIVE (i had several arm11 phones, even after overclocking and cyanogen i was disappoint.)
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I think the worst possible thing for the mobile computing arena is yet another hardware platform to consider programming for. We have so many mobile computing hardware options out already that not even all devices on one OS (i.e. Android) get full software support functionality (i.e. flash video support) at even nearly the same time.

I can see this for hobbyists, for a proprietary unit for a specific application (like the roku2), but for mainstream portable electronics that rarely reach their full potential utilization because of a slow catch-up cycle across a wide variety of hardware platforms and vendors, this will just make things drag on even further.

And is $25/$35 a good price for a CPU-GPU considering the bulk pricing of, say, the tegra 2 platform? I am asking because I really have no idea.
    
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imagine the price of a dry ice pot..... oman
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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post

I think the worst possible thing for the mobile computing arena is yet another hardware platform to consider programming for. We have so many mobile computing hardware options out already that not even all devices on one OS (i.e. Android) get full software support functionality (i.e. flash video support) at even nearly the same time.
I can see this for hobbyists, for a proprietary unit for a specific application (like the roku2), but for mainstream portable electronics that rarely reach their full potential utilization because of a slow catch-up cycle across a wide variety of hardware platforms and vendors, this will just make things drag on even further.
And is $25/$35 a good price for a CPU-GPU considering the bulk pricing of, say, the tegra 2 platform? I am asking because I really have no idea.

The price isn't just the SOC. All the other parts and the PCB cost money too. My understanding is that the only reasons that the chips are as inexpensive (the bigest factor when making a cheap, but decent devices) is because it is a charitable cause and because one of the designers knows some people at broadcom (supposedly they are getting a discount on overstock chips).

As to this being another device, that's not a problem because most of the people working on it don't want Android or some non-POSIX, non-standard Linux distro. For this reason, they are using Debian, Fedora, Meego (with XMBC), etc.
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Originally Posted by http://www.raspberrypi.org/ 
I’ve got some bad and good news about manufacturing. The bad news is that it’s taking a little longer than we’d hoped, because the factory had some trouble sourcing a specific component. The quartz crystal package we had chosen when we thought we were manufacturing in the UK is readily available over here in Europe, and was the cheapest we could find; but it turns out that in China, that crystal package has been overtaken in price and size by a smaller, cheaper one, so the one we’d designed for has been a bit hard to find. The factory has sourced crystals now, so we’re all go. The good news is that this finally means we have a date for the first batch: the boards will be finished on February 20. Eben and I may be going to China to make sure that the boards can be brought up properly for that date if necessary. We’ll be airfreighting them to the UK immediately, so you should be able to buy them before the end of the month.

Woo! wheee.gif

hope shipping costs won't be extreme...
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