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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, 09:08 PM
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ofels, i see you have some experince with design of such things (as i thoght you did)

there is a diffrence between what they say it will cost and what it did as i am sure you are no dougt aware, however i have already stated that most dev costs will be out of my own pocket

there are other things keeping the cost way down, eg complience testing. if I sold it i would need to do it but if you buy from the PCB guys direct then it avoids the requirment for testing (an ugly ugly hack but i dont have a spare 10K lying around) the dev costs are basically getting the board made 2x 3x times over (not fully populated, get one part working at a time)

the other thing i have going for me is that this is a one man show, no one else needs to be paid, in fact no one does smile.gif

you keep on talking about needing huge amounts of buyers to bring the price down. i dont see why the only costs are the pure hardware costs and nothing else, i did a price breakdown and the fuigures i have stated are passible, cassing and the screen are actually the 2 most expensive parts. i also have a few tricks up my sleves when it comes to bulk ordering.

i think what this is is that you have not been here from the beggining (origonally this was a 25+ page fourm post) alot of the technicles and how to pull it off have been discussed

with the prototypes there will only be 2 or 3, no more (they wont cost as much as the final product ethier) and i expect to catch all the bugs in those 2 or 3 (out of my mind i know) so to do that i am sticking to the policy of making the design as robust as possible and doing everything correctly

anyway on a lighter note its good to see some new people making some constructive critisism on the design. it needs it.

also i decidied after seeing it in action that the trackball should be easy to add, in fact adding 2 wouldnt be a problem considering the size (alot smaller than i thoght)
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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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