Yummy new CPU/GPU combo

Robert Taylor robtaylor at tinsputnik.com
Fri Jun 6 02:49:11 CEST 2008

Lally Singh wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 7:04 PM, Flemming Richter Mikkelsen
> <quatrox at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 6/5/08, Michael 'Mickey' Lauer <mickey at openmoko.org> wrote:
>> I agree with Michael. The only reason I want a Freerunner, is because
>> it is open.
> Open's great.  But Open+Powerful would also be nice.  I can't be the
> only one itching to use a GPU as a parallel coprocessor on this list.
> *sigh* so far it's only CUDA (AFAIK) that's even touching mobile
> devices.  Man I wish we had a handspring-type connector and some
> little modules for this kind of stuff.
Well, why don't we FIRST help them make this a  smashing success of such 
proporitions that it will make manufacturers sit up and take notice?

Everyone has seen what the EEEPC has done, and now everyone and their 
dog now have a subnotebook with a linux distro on it in the span of 
what, 8months or so?  Hell, Acer of all companies just announced a 
majour Linux push on their laptops .. THE LAST company on the face of 
the planet I expected to do so.

AMD opened up the ATI gpu spec sheet recently - I have no idea if ATI 
has any inclination to get into making gpus for these sorts of devices, 
but if they did we potentially have one very real manufacturer that 
already drinks the coolaid that could potentially step in and fill the 
need if it can be demonstrated that the open platform is the way to go.

I appreciate what everyone is saying, but the success of the moko isn't 
only dependent on the manufacturer doing their best to get as powerfull 
a device out as possible, it depends on us early adopters having vision 
to see what this is, why it is SO IMPORTANT and help build buzz around 
it.  Mokos success is our success which is success for freedom - one 
device and one model at a time. 

I just think there is a danger to focusing on the negatives instead of 
positives here in terms of buzz - nothing is EVER perfect in any way so 
its a matter of seeing the glass as half full. 

- Rob

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