[talk] Open source laptop

Edward Capriolo edlinuxguru at gmail.com
Wed Jan 21 10:32:23 EST 2015

It might me more a matter of target market not a technical limitation. Why
spend money to produce a chip that would have to compete with Intel and
AMD? I would think most people using this chip would be working with a
smaller embedded device o-pic to tablet sized. These people would naturally
have smaller motherboards and less RAM.

Even on the lower end tablet, a company like Amazon can offset the cost of
expensive chip by selling it "at a loss" because of the money they make
from "selling services". A company like google can probably produce there
own custom chips if they were so motivated. The nitch is hobby and very
light embedded devices.

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:06 AM, George Rosamond <
george at ceetonetechnology.com> wrote:

> Mark Saad:
> >
> >> On Jan 21, 2015, at 5:04 AM, Sujit K M <sjt.kar at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi Mark,
> >>
> >>> I saw this today on  slashdot and somewhere else, either way . It has
> >>> some interesting bits but I was 1/2 expecting it to be a ARM and not an
> >>> intel x86 isa.  What are you thoughts on why no one has built a arm
> >>> laptop in this market with more then 2G of ram and a decent amount of
> >>> internal storage
> >>
> >> Something like this. When I used ARM7V and ARM9V there was a crazy
> >> concept like bogo mips which is the number of cycles the processor
> cannot
> >> guarentee process anything. What I found was It causes performance hits
> >> when you add Memory/Storage etc. But I am not sure about this. Even
> >> I had raised a thread where I wanted to know about ARM Tablets @talk,
> >> eventually If that can be broadened to an ARM Processor with laptop
> capability.
> >> Even I am interested in owning a ARM Laptop. But cost might be the other
> >> thing too.
> >
> > There has to be something to putting more then 2g of ram on a 32bit arm
> . This is purely anecdotal but if you check aliababa for arm gear it's all
> 2g of ram or less . Now this could be the market is targeting android and
> derived designs so there isn't any demand for it . However iirc the Samsung
> chrome laptop (the arm variety) is also 2g of ram .  Maybe there is some
> issue we aren't aware of . In any case I would like to try an non-android
> arm laptop, that Is a laptop not a weird tablet thingy or a glorified media
> player .
> Part of the problem from my experiences is that the scope of the ARM
> hardware has been RPi and BeagleBones (phones, yeah, yeah, yeah), which
> dont go beyond 1G.  Then again, give me a 700Mhz ARM chip with 1G of RAM
> over double than in intel land and I'm happy.
> With 64-bit ARM support coming to FreeBSD, I'm hoping our options in the
> future aren't just servers.
> g
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