XO Gen 1.5
gregsmithpm at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 13:46:51 EDT 2009
Hi Ed, Wad, Chris et al,
Awesome new hardware!
That's one thing I loved about working at HW companies, the longer you
survive the more hurdles you cross.
IMHO 3D/2D is better than 2D only, if you can get it to work.
I see bigger value in the video acceleration and input. The video
capture is the most used thing by my kids and probably true for all XOs.
The only down side is that the Record app over compresses and there's no
option to adjust it. I poked around in the code briefly and there is a
hard coded "quality" variable in a check-in months old. Aside from that
app level challenge, the new chipset plus greater storage could allow
super video capture!
It even has a couple of video outputs which may need solder and a little
logic not to mention power. "TV" out option would rock. However, none of
the video looks like RS 170a and I doubt many people have HD in the
target market. I wonder what connects to "LVDS/TTL"...
The video decompression acceleration will be a huge value. The primary
test is of course YouTube which I think means Flash flv. I would put
that on an early test list and I hope there's no driver incompatible BS
like with Geode. The H. codecs could pay off in better video
conferencing. A live chat with Niue would have really warmed up my
The top value and the chance to break new ground is power. Software
hooks to toggle on/off radio and throttle CPU could be break throughs
but need lots of work. I hope you can entice GNU and others to work on
Some history on it here:
Nice call on fully backward compatible SW. The installed base is big and
there's easily 2 - 3 years more SW work to get the most out of them.
Also glad to see plans for an 8.2 line but get the drivers upstream ASAP
if not sooner.
I can't wait to see if crashes and OOM kill screw ups disappear with 8.2
on new HW. I believe Michael and team's position was that the same
kernel worked better/fine on systems with more RAM. Cost us 2+ weeks
slip on the 8.2 release to try and fix it, no we can test with double
Glad to see a UART on there. I just hope its a 16550 or later so I can
use my high baud modem :-)
Nice work. Good luck in the final integration and test.
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