Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 2688 from 2006/3/21
From: Lake Arrowhead...
The only problem I have with that is the added cost and complexity.
The original proposal was to compete with an e500v2 based board with a T10XX based board.
Then the T2081 got dragged into it because it has some pin compatibility.
And after that, the T2080 was mentioned because it is superior to the T2081.
With a laptop, we have to design a shell, the board has to have a GPU, other parts like batteries and memory have to be sourced.
At each step of this discussion, costs go up, until at this level they require a huge investment.
With a simple upgrade to my current version of Orcad, I could have started something like what we were originally talking about.
Bill might be able to go further (the T2080 board possibly? who knows?).
But where the heck do we get the resources for a laptop?
At the beginning, I just wanted to discuss building about 50 T1042 based mini itx motherboards.
The T2080/T2081 proposals appeal to me, but they add significant cost.
This...sounds a little too 'Natami' to me.
Hence my suggestion that you work with the already established group working toward a PPC laptop. It would spread around the work load, as well as the financial risk, if more people are involved. Unfortunately, it also makes everything more complex and difficult to coordinate, but I think the results would be worth the extra effort.
If your motherboard was kept small enough, and designed with the possibility of also being used for a future laptop with the proper expansion ports and capabilities, it would serve for both projects, and possibly increase sales far beyond what is otherwise possible with only MorphOS users as the target market.
It would be worth the effort of at least talking with the people working on the PPC laptop project, would it not?
Of course, it is all probably just speculation and wishful thinking, and nothing real will come of these discussions anyway, but if there is real work done toward making it a reality, why not aim for something more people will want (a portable laptop), if there is already a group trying to make such a project, which you can join?
MorphOS - The best Next Gen Amiga choice.