PPC Laptop, something for MorphOS?
  • Just looking around
    Posts: 2 from 2014/10/10
    Hi all

    Power Progress Community reached its first campaign goal about the notebook electrical schematics and few days ago we started the second one. Now the target is to fund the PCB design.

    https://www.powerpc-notebook.org/2019/10/donation-campaign-for-pcb-design-of-the-powerpc-notebook-motherboard/

    In addition to that Slimbook collaboration was announced. They will provide the enclosure we need for our Open Hardware PowerPC notebook. https://www.powerpc-notebook.org/2019/09/slimbook-to-provide-the-notebook-chassis

    As you can see in the article, ACube and Slimbook are collaborating since the beginning of this year.

    If you like the project we will be happy if you can support it in any way you prefer (donating, spreading, collaborating with the team...)

    Thanks!
  • »08.11.19 - 22:42
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  • ASiegel
    Posts: 1207 from 2003/2/15
    From: Central Europe
    Just a quick reminder: If you like the idea of running Linux on one of the last NXP PowerPC processors, please go ahead and support this project.

    If you are only interested in MorphOS, please note that there is no commitment to support this piece of hardware. As the MorphOS FAQ states:


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    The MorphOS development team cannot port MorphOS to hardware that does not exist. Furthermore, the developers do not make plans based on planned products. A product must exist and be for sale to be even considered for a port.

    We strongly urge you to not buy or otherwise finance any hardware for the purpose of running MorphOS until you have read an announcement on this website that clearly states MorphOS will support it.
  • »09.11.19 - 06:39
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    Kronos
    Posts: 1969 from 2003/2/24
    I'd say with this thread being 5 years old and the current state of the project, I expect my next MorphOS-Laptop to be AMD.


    Note this NOT a statement on how fast I think that ISA switch will happen (or at all) !
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  • »09.11.19 - 07:27
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 10833 from 2003/5/22
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    > Now the target is to fund the PCB design. [...]
    > In addition to that Slimbook collaboration was announced.

    See comments #150 and #151 :-)
  • »09.11.19 - 09:58
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  • Caterpillar
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    Posts: 30 from 2017/8/7
    Unless a big spender joins in it will take a very long time to finish even the prototype. Now that they've proven their ability to actually opensrc the schematics i wonder who we can poke in the side to get interest and spend some serious money...
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 10833 from 2003/5/22
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    > Unless a big spender joins in it will take a very long time
    > to finish even the prototype.

    "we have to finish the PCB design (phase 1A), the fast SI bus simulations (phase 1B) and the prototypes (phase 2) around this summer. We fixed the end of April 2020 as the time-limit for phase 1A, so we have 3 months left to raise the remaining €12500."
    https://www.powerpc-notebook.org/2020/01/pcb-design-started-carpe-diem/
  • »27.01.20 - 13:27
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 10833 from 2003/5/22
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    Update:

    >>> According to the block diagram, there's SATA2 connected (for whatever reason)
    >>> and the 4 PCIe controllers are configured with 9 lanes as x4-gen3 (MXM/GPU)
    >>> x2-gen2 (4×SATA3) x2-gen2 (MiniPCIe/LTE/WiFi) x1-gen2 (4×USB3).
    >>> I just had a closer look at the SerDes lane assignment options of the
    >>> T2080: [...] To me it seems the T2080 offers three better PCIe options,
    >>> so that only the fourth-best option would be the one chosen by ACube:
    >>> 14 PCIe lanes (x4 x4 x4 x2) without SATA2 (using 0xBC + 0x1F config)
    >>> 12 PCIe lanes (x4 x4 x2 x2) with SATA2 (using 0xBC + 0x15/0x16 config)
    >>> 11 PCIe lanes (x4 x4 x2 x1) without SATA2 (using 0xC8/0xD6 + 0x1F config)
    >>> 09 PCIe lanes (x4 x2 x2 x1) with SATA2 (using 0xC8/0xD6 + 0x15/0x16 config)

    >> Thanks, good analysis. I'll relay it.

    > According to the most recent block diagram, it seems ACube switched
    > to the "11 PCIe lanes (x4 x4 x2 x1) without SATA2" option, configured as
    > x4-gen3 (MXM/GPU) x4-gen2 (LTE/WiFi) x2-gen2 (4×SATA3) x1-gen2 (2×USB3).

    According to the most recent block diagram, it seems ACube finally took my advise (hehe) and switched to the "14 PCIe lanes (x4 x4 x4 x2) without SATA2" option, configured as x4-gen3 (MXM/GPU) x4-gen2 (LTE/WiFi/2×USB3/Audio) x4-gen2 (M.2) x2-gen2 (2×SATA3).
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 10833 from 2003/5/22
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    Update:

    > (12600 + 11950 + 8800 + 14400 + 12500) EUR = 60250 EUR

    Figures are now (12600 + 24000 + 10500 + 14000 + 12500) EUR = 73600 EUR. Seems the project (silently?) got significantly more expensive somewhen in the process.
  • »14.02.20 - 22:10
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