As already posted to firstname.lastname@example.org
, I would pay for the option of having Cortex A9 and at least 2 Gb of RAM. If the socket is the same, I may try to buy the new processor myself, but it might not fit seamlessly
. Matlab through Bochs would be possible; this is important to me.
I know, It would ruin the battery time. The linux kernel knows about processor hotplug, hence if the MID board v3 is modified to have both cortex A8 and cortex A9, it would be easy for software to control the power of the Cortex A9.
( and where can I order the small video projector that is featured in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWqjymOfB_U
titled "mplayer Hardware innovations from Always Innovating" ?)
You'd have a hell of a time making that work. Even if the pin-out is the same, you'll need some pretty sophisticated soldering rework equipment to remove the old chip and replace it with a new one. Not only that, but you might need an X-ray scanner to ensure all the "pins" are connected. The problem is, most embedded chips these days don't use the traditional socket style connectors, instead relying on much more compact "ball-grid array" or BGA pin-outs. If you open up just about any smart phone or high-end electronic device you'll notice at least one rectangular chip without any pins protruding from the sides and no socket layer beneath it. That's a BGA chip.
As for the video, I think GG needs to leave the wining to his lawyers. We all know ASUS and Motorola stole his ideas, but he needs to come up with something else for the future. I understand he's looking for OEM contracts, maybe a buyout or maybe just a high-level design job with a major multi-national, but if he can't deliver on his existing products and move foreword with new ones, he might as well rename the company "Used-to-be Innovating" and move on to sending out his resume like the rest of us.
I fundamentally like the Smartbook idea, but it's just too hackish for prime time. Nobody wants to expose the internals just to get at the MID or what-have-you. Streamline the form factor so everything slides in and out of little slots in the side of the book. Think PCMCIA cards or seamless cradles like you find on third-party iPod products. And not just the partial think like you'd find on the Atrix keyboard; make the entire device fit seamlessly into the design-- no protrusions. If it has built in peripherals, use those, too. The MID is more than just a CPU.
E-paper is cool, too, since AI's so into integration. Pull-out, remote reader screen? I'm talking Bluetooth dumb-terminal for page by page reading only-- not even light browsing. That's why there's a main screen. In any case, device convergence has by no means reached a pinnacle.
As long as AI is into ARM development, why not create a small, self-contained cluster server or Internet appliance? Something along the lines of the Gumstix Stagecoach but with a faster interconnect-- coming back to the on-die Ethernet thing. That's not to mention it should be fully packaged, maybe with blade-like modularity. Even if it's only ever sold as a development/compile platform on a strictly custom basis, that's a hell of an emerging market. I'd be willing to bet there are at least a few people out there willing to buy a modular Sitara or Integra product, if only for the CAN bus. I mean, they're perfect for the drones that are all the rage these days. I'd personally consider using them for home automation and with integrated multimedia.
Anyway, I could probably go on...