You do know that developing the CPU first would be a much better idea, has then you can develop a system-on-a-chip, from which you can start working on specialist solution for if prove popular enough to warrant further development then the SOC itself.
Originally Posted by timothyja
A fully open source FPGA video card which can be used to do some real world tasks? That would be amazing, unfortunately I fear you will not reach the funding you need.
It's _open_ hardware.
I'm really surprised that you guys don't feel like supporting an open hardware project. Open hardware, in general, is in it's infancy; it needs support. Good things can come out of it, just like with (free) open-source software.
Maybe if you are starting from scratch but again it apears the company already has a product on which they want to expand.
Originally Posted by iniudan
If I worked at a bank, and a team of seasoned computer hardware engineers and software developers, all came by to ask for a loan to make a discrete GPU, even willing to stake their houses on the projects, I'd say flat out "No".
It's a saturated and stagnated market. Maybe even shrinking... Besides, there's massive cpu parallelism just around the corner, no?
Anything that might upset the duopoly sounds gr8 to me
The performance increments in graphics cards have pretty much been at a standstill IMHO for the last several years.
AMD and NVIDIA also seem to be colluding to set prices, too; at least that what the charts over at Tom's hardware seem to be saying to me.
So anything that might make the graphics market work like an actual market -- sounds awesome.
Given a decent OSS solution; I'll take it over proprietary stuff every time.
Color me sick of....
- constant "up-selling"
- price fixing
- teensy-tiny performance increments year-over-year
- no real innovation since the years of 3DFx, matrox, etc... i.e. back when 3d graphics was an actual market
i will buy it as a educational tool (kernel module development, linux graphics stack, graphic hardware)
I don't know if Kickstarter is popular enough to get the amount of money needed to develop a top end GPU. Not to mention that they would need an awesome team. I'm thinking at least several dozen million.
Can kickstarter scale that high?
Well we really need more details on what they are aiming to do to make any worthwhile comments. However I would assume they would definatly not be aiming for a top end GPU.
Originally Posted by duby229
Sure it can take a look at the most successful projects page: http://www.kickstarter.com/discover/most-funded
Originally Posted by duby229
Many projects have gone into the millions with some notable ones:
OUYA Console - $8,596,474
Pebble ewatch - $10,266,845
I wouldnt expect this project to reach such high numbers but I guess it depends on what they are going to offer. Probably the closest project I can think of to this one is the Parallella: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...r-for-everyone and that reached $898,921