• Just looking around
    Posts: 15 from 2016/1/22
    > Who is going to develop and manufacture this 2 GHz single-core P6600-based
    > SoC with PowerVR GT7900 GPU for the MorphOS team? And as soon as this
    > SoC exists, who is going to develop and manufacture a mainboard for it?
    There are several ways to go about this. The MorphOS team could take on board a chip designer, as there are people able to do this in the Amiga world. As an alternative, Imagination Technologies could be asked to do it (they supply services around their own cores). We may get them to do so in exchange for an operating system. They are many hardware designers in the Amiga world. Also, Acube can make a mainboard.

    In the file, I state the following (in section 4b):
    > To design the hardware, the MorphOS team could partner with an other Amiga company,
    > such as Acube, while the team works on the software. To manufacture the hardware
    > (PCB ICs) it could pick a subcontract manufacturer based in Europe or North America,
    > which has a good quality control. To distribute and market the unit, a partnering with
    > a distribution and marketing company can also be a solution. For the cost of IP cores,
    > it may be possible to negociate a fee per unit produced instead of an upfront cost.
    > There are also some rich people who are fans of the Amiga and may be willing to invest
    > some money to cover some start-up costs. I have seen some names of such people.
    > Ultimately though, the most likely path to success would be through an arrangement
    > with Imagination Technologies, makers of the MIPS processor.

    I also state (in section 4c):
    > The MIPS architecture is very popular in the embedded world. The higher end
    >MIPS processors [...] are only used in a moderate number of chinese
    > smartphones and tablets. [...] the mobile world, with smartphones and tablets,
    > is built around the google android operating system and the android system
    > is built for the ARM architecture. Google treats the MIPS architecture as a second
    > class architecture [...]. Imagination Technologies needs an operating system
    > which treats the MIPS architecture as first class to become more popular. [...]
    > the smartphones and tablet [...] market is now saturated, [...]. The next big
    > thing will be the boxes-pluged-on-the-TV market,
    > this market [could] soon be dominated by ARM based devices.
    > Imagination Technologies could instead push its own operating system
    > and MIPS processor so as to become to the smarttv world what android
    > and ARM have become to the mobile world. And the MorphOS team is able to
    > supply them with the said operating system. This way Imagination Technologies
    > would have an operating system, superior to android, to supply alongside the
    > MIPS processor. [...] In exchange for being supplied with one of the best operating
    > systems in the world, they could supply some advantage in return such as financing the
    > development or, at worst, a discount on the IP licencing cost for the hardware project.

    note: a more interesting arrangement could be: the MorphOS supplies an operating system for free to Imagination and in exchange, they design the SoC for free for the MorphOS team. Then, you can go to Acube or something, and partner with them for the design of the hardware, suggest to them that they design the board at their expense, as they already did for several Amiga-compatible boards, and receive a percentage of the final sales in exchange.

    Finally, in the file, I also said:
    > The MorphOS team could supply the said operating system without giving away MorphOS and here is how: see section 4d.
    Please have alook at the said section.

    The change of CPU to the MIPS which I suggest is mostly motivated by its potential within this general scheme to become mainstream again. If MorphOS is to remain a purley desktop based and purely hobbyist platform, it is probably best to stick with PowerPC for compatibility. While sticking to PowerPC would be my first choice in such a case, the MIPS would, however, be my second choice and the ARM my third. The x86 is a disgusting monstrosity which shouldn't be touched.

    Finally, I want to put emphasis on the following point. When you want to enter a bulding, against peoples will, which is guarded at the front door, you don't force your way in. You enter through the service door at the back mixing in with the employees. It is the same thing for the computer market. You don't go upfront to comfront Wintel. You enter an underdevelopped market (Android became popular by entering an underdevelopped market), here I suggest the TV-world convergence box; you make sure to put a back door, here it is in the form of a desktop upgrade kit; and you use the backdoor to get into the place. Think of it, deception always wins over brute force. You can compensate a lack of funds by being smarter.
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