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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2010, 11:43:19 pm »
I'm mainly worried about hardware support. It would be nice if external USB peripherals were supported, and proprietary drivers don't run on ARM.

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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2010, 11:44:07 pm »
go with the xM, then not only would we be outdoing TI, we'd also we outdoing the OpenPandora at the same time

plus, the board uses the same core as the Pandora, so porting stuff would be easy
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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2010, 11:45:48 am »
This is getting away from being a calculator, and more towards a portable media device. Also, realize that the beagleboard is for prototyping, and testing software. A calculator does not need a 1ghz cpu. We will need to keep the cost down, to at least under $150, otherwise no one will buy it.

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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2010, 09:12:57 pm »
This is getting away from being a calculator, and more towards a portable media device. Also, realize that the beagleboard is for prototyping, and testing software. A calculator does not need a 1ghz cpu. We will need to keep the cost down, to at least under $150, otherwise no one will buy it.
I agree. How about a fifth of that speed? 200Mhz?
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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2010, 12:35:32 am »
At least under 150? I would think we would want them to at least be cheaper than Ti's devices.

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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2010, 12:23:56 pm »
cheap and reliable is all we need i think.
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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #36 on: August 14, 2010, 04:05:24 am »
Well, versatility and a certain level of computing power are also goals.

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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2010, 12:10:03 pm »
Well, versatility and a certain level of computing power are also goals.
True but you can do alot with 100-200 MHZ. Just look at the pandora! (< oops, that runs at 600 mhz :P)
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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2010, 12:33:47 pm »
tru, but how much would you want to do with a 4-bit screen?
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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2010, 12:37:15 pm »
It would be nice if, despite this calc being much more high-end than the ez80 one, it was kept to a lower price than the TI-Nspire, even if not that much lower.
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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2010, 12:45:53 pm »
I definitely want it under $100  if at all possible.
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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2010, 02:21:53 pm »
I agree with a low price, because if we sell the calculator for a lower price than the nspire, TI might counter us by lowering the price of the nspire, and they have the ability to sell it under $100 and still make money.

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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2010, 06:30:13 pm »
Low price is a must really. I agree with Dj and bobjr and program4 on that. We need a good marketing strategy as well but that is of later worry. Forunately I nearly have a degree in economics :P (I still have to finish school) so I'd gladly help with that.
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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #43 on: August 14, 2010, 06:41:52 pm »
IMO, the Nspire's OS sucks so bad that a well made OT z80 could compete with it, and still be cheaper than an 84+. The ARM being cheaper as well, and almost infinitely better (since the hardware will be more fully and efficiently used) will be in its own league

Just my thoughts.

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Re: Hardware Discussion
« Reply #44 on: August 16, 2010, 05:18:42 pm »
If OTARM is going to be faster than Nspire, we can go with one of the lower-end 375MHz A8s. More than sufficient to run a slimmer build of Linux.