Re: Raspberry Pi - new reference platform?
Jack Norton <jack@...
2011-12-12 21:32:51 GMT
On 12/12/2011 10:21 AM, Dylan Saunders wrote:
> Is the notion of an ARM based reference platform for Inferno still alive
> at Vita Nuova? I remember that the Intrynsic CerfCube was endorsed for a
> while however Intrynsic has mostly gotten out of the hardware business,
> plus their boards were a little too expensive for hobbyists. Cambridge
> U. seems to be backing the Raspberry Pi, a cheap ARM board intended for
> They are talking about a price of around £22 / $25.00(model A) -
> $35.00(model B) and it is supposed to be available by the end of 2011.
> Dylan R. Saunders
> Instructor: IT CS Program
> School of ICT
> Ph. (403)210-5875
How about the OpenRISC reference board as a ...erm... reference board?
they have a new ref board, linked above, that is 139euro. It isn't
anywhere near the horsepower of well... anything but it is a truly open
design. That particular unit is the bare-bones setup. There are many
'peripherals' that could be integrated at opencores.org including AC97
audio, more connectivity besides fast ethernet, VGA video cores, codecs
and other DSP, etc...
My reasoning is that inferno and plan 9 are best known for their superb
clarity for use in instructional and university environments. How neat
would it be to have the 'recipe' for everything from the logic/net
layouts, all the way up to the final software stack? I personally think
they were made for each other in this sense.
The OpenRISC (or ORSoC -- Open RISC System on Chip) project has really
caught my attention as the ultimate in future proof fun. After the
crazy holiday season I will be buying one myself.
I hadn't intended to post anything on the subject until I saw your post.