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Ferret-Simpson
post Jan 6 2007, 08:15 AM
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Right. I've decided to do a simple thing to show how *I* would do it. Yes, I know this is not MY project, this is merely how I would do it, after looking at the general market and other existing devices. Constructive criticisms on the designs and hardware specs themselves are welcome, AFTER I've finished. This is just a first sketchup in Journal to show you the basic idea. Doing it in the form of a flyer for a nonexistant company (Penguin Mobile Computing) to show off their new product line.

MY Pocket Penguin Zero hardware.

X- iMX31 CPU.
X- 256MB mDDR memory.
X- 640x480 4" Resistive CG touchscreen.
X- Slot for otional and upgradeable wireless card (Slot with miniUSB plug at back, any aerial connections sit on the outer edge of the card, any audio handled over the USB2.0 bus the same way as USB headphones, bluetooth. Card is powered from the USB bus.)
X- External Mini-USB socket for charging and connection.
X- End edge contact bus for connection to Tablet/Notebook PC.
X- Bevelling for PPZ to slide into aforementioned PC, and to clip into place.
X- ATA "iPod" hard disk, upgradeable by authorised service centres (for the public) to give storage. Standard volume 30GB and 80GB
X- Rotating camera hooked to iMX31 video bus, 2MP. Fitted same way as camera on Samsung flip-phones. Opposite end to docking connector.
X- Slit style biometric reader on bottom edge of front fascia under the display. Functions as both security sensor and scroll "wheel"
X- Accelerometer to park hard drive heads in case of falling or throwing. Also useable as input controller.
X- Sliding keyboard: Slides out of body of PPZ, and then can be swivelled from a backwards position to act as a stand, (With keyboard "hold" switch enabled) to plane with the body (Position for sliding and most mobile entry) to a forward "Desktop" position. Keyboard will be as slimline as possible, about 80% of the width of the device (Centred, to leave space for the camera and docking connection), and with twin mini-SD sockets for data cards.

Battery is currently undecided.

Specs for rest of gear will be forthcoming, and please talk about whatever you want, except for my design and specs - not till I've finished.

Yes: I know it will be slightly thicker than a Zaurus, and I'm fine with that. Yes, I am thinking about heat dissipation. And finally, I am fully aware that the screen is uncovered. It will have little mounting points for a flip cover like that of the SL-5/6 (Available seperately) and if you don't like that, then get a damn case.
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Da_Blitz
post Jan 8 2007, 01:39 AM
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i second linq's comments. this dablitz fella dosent seem to want to make a profit out of this. just make avalible hardware that is more capable than the current generation and suited to the tasks we use the Z's for.

smile.gif did i mention that thier is no profit in the design? thats right even if i sell these instead of you guys talking direct to manufacturer i wont be taking any profits from the design, you can donate of course and that money will go into recovering my losses (buying software only) and once that is done the rest is pumped into distros and people doing mobile software

with the stuff happening with tomtom i monder if they would consider a deal to bundel tomtom with the device (no maps, must be purchased sepretly) this would then cause them to have a small tiny reson to consider a more flexible aproch in packaging and play ball

if it did become popular (and i have plans laid out if it did) it would still be not for profit with an optinol support package so that end users could chose if they need help and tech support. all money going into funding devs of distros, in this order: one Z distro, openBSD, then any other distros out there. which Z distro will be the main one to recive funding i havent decided and will not unless it becomes a comercial sucsess that i have to support. what i would rather is to resell the design under a diffrent licsence and have them build devices around it so they can support it and we get bulk manufactur and therefore cheaper units smile.gif

even if the design went mainstream its going to be a top end device but all the advertising and stuff dosent need to be discussed now, stratagy is nice but keep it to its own thread (i would like to see a deabte on the topic) but for now its knucle down and start doing the schematiic
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post Jan 8 2007, 04:40 AM
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QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Jan 8 2007, 11:39 AM)
even if the design went mainstream its going to be a top end device but all the advertising and stuff dosent need to be discussed now, stratagy is nice but keep it to its own thread (i would like to see a deabte on the topic) but for now its knucle down and start doing the schematiic
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This still does not answer the question where the funding will come from to cover at least the development and production costs ;-)
Hardware development is an extremely cost expensive thing- even if you do not go for profit, the manufacturer and suppliers will.

Most people will not buy a device which is about 2000 $ ohmy.gif

Oliver
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Ferret-Simpson   Penguin Mobile Computers   Jan 6 2007, 08:15 AM
cycle_55   and how much would this marvel cost.....cause if m...   Jan 6 2007, 09:10 AM
ofels   Nice specs- however that flyer is mostly incomplet...   Jan 6 2007, 09:47 AM
Da_Blitz   You must be new here this isnt about the public,...   Jan 6 2007, 11:35 PM
ofels   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Jan 7 2007, 09:35 AM)You mus...   Jan 7 2007, 02:03 AM
Snappy   I'm also with the vision thingie. Displaying s...   Jan 7 2007, 04:31 PM
Ling   Is it just me or are these few folks planning to d...   Jan 7 2007, 04:53 PM
Da_Blitz   i second linq's comments. this dablitz fella d...   Jan 8 2007, 01:39 AM
ofels   QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Jan 8 2007, 11:39 AM)even if...   Jan 8 2007, 04:40 AM
wsuetholz   If you look at the other posts, you will see that ...   Jan 8 2007, 12:41 PM
ofels   QUOTE(wsuetholz @ Jan 8 2007, 10:41 PM)If you...   Jan 8 2007, 01:17 PM
Da_Blitz   ofels, i see you have some experince with design o...   Jan 8 2007, 09:08 PM
Ferret-Simpson   Now those are the sort of comments I was looking f...   Jan 10 2007, 04:47 AM
Ferret-Simpson   Ah, one more thought. You mentioned the camera. . ...   Jan 10 2007, 04:51 AM
Da_Blitz   oh well pity about the trackball however i intend ...   Jan 10 2007, 06:11 AM
Ferret-Simpson   Ever heard of the Nokia N73 or the Sony Cybershot?...   Jan 11 2007, 05:35 AM
Da_Blitz   the email daemon is what i have been saying from t...   Jan 11 2007, 02:31 PM
Da_Blitz   how does "security for the paranoid" sou...   Jan 15 2007, 02:50 AM


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