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 Post subject: EFIKA2 Developer Program
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:44 am 
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Hi Folks, we will be working with Matt to set up the EFIKA2 Developer Program. The EFIKA2 will feature the Freescale MPC5121e with has an integrated PowerVR graphic core. Of course, priority of sponsored boards and systems will go to the Developers that have participated and posted here in the Forums and on their existing EFIKA Project blog. We will be launching the new AURA Firmware on this board.

More details soon...

R&B :-)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:33 pm 
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Ooooooo, what a sexy platform! :)
That is going to make one heck of a multimedia platform. A bit more memory that then 128MB the efika has would be welcome though (ddr2 please, since that uses about half the power ddr needs)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:49 pm 
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Best of luck! Sounds like a superb board.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:29 am 
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Hi Folks, we will be working with Matt to set up the EFIKA2 Developer Program. The EFIKA2 will feature the Freescale MPC5121e with has an integrated PowerVR graphic core. Of course, priority of sponsored boards and systems will go to the Developers that have participated and posted here in the Forums and on their existing EFIKA Project blog. We will be launching the new AURA Firmware on this board.

More details soon...

R&B :-)
Let's hope we'll get another nice working plattform like the Efika. :)

Geit


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:58 am 
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That chip sounds as if it will do wonders to decrease the board size and increase board integration.
But would the new firmware solve issues with keyboards because not every keyboard will work with the current hardware.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:13 am 
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Okay, further to a previous post on the XGI Developer Program (which we're still getting going..);

The EFIKA2 developer program will be done in a few discrete stages. We are opening up a kind of "bounty" developer program first. The way this will work is that we will produce some ideas (please make suggestions) on projects that developers can work and cooperate on in a team. There will be no donations other than the EFIKA2 board or system - it is merely that we will post preapproved project ideas and developers can sign up to complete them or work on them.

For instance for the XGI program, it could be DirectFB support, or accelerating video playback using the 3D engine/pixel shaders rather than the overlay (pretty essential for Compiz type stuff).

Developers who already have good projects and are working on similar things can sign up and work together, all getting their sponsored board(s) or system(s) to work on that project. We will prioritise proven performers - certain number and quality of blog posts, actual results seen and tested, etc.

Doing other work is obviously optional, but we would be concerned about the project we set out being done with the board.

Once developers are signed up to that and we have some exciting stuff going on - remember, development can START with the original Efika - then we will open it up as the free-for-all design-your-own project system we had for the original program.

Hopefully this will encourage developers to work better in groups, as it was harder to organise this through the projects site with many individual developers working on similar things. It will also hopefully encourage development on the more useful, user-accessible results for when the EFIKA2 hits the market.

If you have any ideas you want to push forward, then here is the place to put them.

There will obviously be very rudimentary 'bounty' projects - Gentoo support with a few requirements, Debian support with a few requirements. Linux kernel drivers for specific parts of the system. NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenSolaris ports. Projects that use chip components like the AXE audio processor.. that kind of thing.

So, get thinking. I have about 15 projects in mind already, I'd really like 30.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:45 am 
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Hi Folks, we will be working with Matt to set up the EFIKA2 Developer Program. The EFIKA2 will feature the Freescale MPC5121e with has an integrated PowerVR graphic core. Of course, priority of sponsored boards and systems will go to the Developers that have participated and posted here in the Forums and on their existing EFIKA Project blog. We will be launching the new AURA Firmware on this board.

More details soon...

R&B :-)
Sounds good, but once an extra gfx card is no longer reqired please, please, please do not use this bulky usb/nic connector again. The thickness of the Efika is one of the biggest disadvantges this lovely board has. The new board shouldn't be much thicker than ~1" (~2.5 cm) IMO (about 1" height should be enough with a hd loaded on it).


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:04 pm 
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Seems like using AXE in Reggae framework may be interesting project for Efika 2 (assuming MOS will be ported to this device in the future).

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:55 am 
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I would really like a Mini-ITX form factor, with two DDR2 slots.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:01 pm 
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Hi,

http://bbrv.blogspot.com/2007/08/efika2-4u.html

We have posted a picture of the current development board. This is not the EFIKA2, but one of the very first boards being used to validate the 5121e. Things are looking good so far.

Best regards,
R&B :)

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:22 pm 
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nice prototype, looks like a mini-itx board.
I agree with Ironfist, enough with custom form factors and painful case desgns. Mini-itx or even better, nano-itx are very good form factors with plenty of (expensive though) accessories available.
It's only a shame that we'll have to stick with IDE again.

can't wait to see the new board !


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:43 am 
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The boards will go to those that have proven their interest and participation (through Projects and Forum Posts). The best way for us to gauge that is to go to your individual PowerDeveloper page. Here is an example:

http://www.powerdeveloper.org/profile/670

Grzegorz Kraszewski is absolutely assured to receive a board and we would send him a some money every month too if we could. Krashan is a solid, reliable participant and we appreciate his involvement. One day if we are successful on a much bigger scale this will mean more than boards to him (and others)...;-)

Best regards,
R&B

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:13 pm 
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R&B do freescale do a PowerVR SGX version?, it would be far more future proof if they did and that was used in product dont you think?.

http://uk.theinquirer.net/?article=42120

the only reference i can find is the PowerVR MBX Lite.

btw even in 2005 the PowerVR SGX was doing better throughput than most embeded 3d product it seems
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/29 ... wervr_sgx/

hows the FPGA selection coming along BTW, do we get one on all boards and is it capable of and available with an AVC/H.264/AAC Codec codebase?....

its seems its going to be hard today beating these types of product with on board WiFi.
http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/03/pack ... ch-laptop/

perhaps PPC car/mobile HW should have moved a bit quicker as i advocated, still theres lots of potential if the final Efika2 has the right mix of future proof chips and re-programable FPGA in all product for later innovative use.

and i still think not putting wifi onboard as standard on all product today, preferably 11N this late in the day with so many 11n chips now certifyed would be a mistake.

and a jumper/programable switch to disable its power if you like/must and dont currently need it for your project, you will find a use though as its mobile.


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I followed one or two of the links above but it wasn't clear to me if there's a 32 or 64 bit path between cpu and memory. While I'm asking, is this system's memory going to be upgradable?

What if any plan is there for this board and MorphOS?

Is this board intended to co-exist with the first Efika or is the first Efika at the end of it's life?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:44 am 
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The first EFIKA will be available for some time, but we are headed to the next one with more of an emphasis on the final product.

http://bbrv.blogspot.com/2007/09/ipod-i ... a-pad.html

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We will post more details soon.

R&B :)

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