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    Quote Originally Posted by uid313 View Post
    I wish there were a board with;
    • 2-4x USB 3.0
    • Wi-Fi
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
    • eSATA
    • 2x SATA or 2x eSATA for RAID
    • Power via the common External Power Supply standard for USB phone/tablet chargers, not via custom power adapter.
    • Passively cooled
    • Dust-proof housing with no ventilation holes
    this is a lot to ask of low-power low-cost SoCs! bottom line, there's no way it can be done - not in a single processor, that is. the closest possible candidate is one of marvell's high-end "server-style" SoCs. i know that there's one that has dual GbE, and it might even have one SATA. it definitely has PCIe - most of marvell's high-end server-style SoCs do. the problem is, though, that marvell's core (Kirkwood) is basically a from-the-ground-up redesign (reimplementation) of the older arm instruction set. it was originally *intel's* PXA design, and they were in turn were the original "DEC StrongARM" team, bought wholesale from DEC. superscalar ARM architecture was actually therefore first.... from Intel, not ARM! but, marvell's SoCs are now quite dated. none of them have USB3 for example. but, what really kills them off as an option is the pathologically insane nature of the marvell sales team. you'd think they'd want to sell SoCs. can you get them to give you one, even if you offer them cold hard cash? not a chance! this makes it very difficult to actually develop products based around marvell SoCs

    in short: the requirements you're after, you're going to need to wait a few more years before aarm64 becomes more mainstream in the server market, and then such systems will be just as expensive, if not more so because they will be in high demand due to their lower power, as x86 and amd equivalents. in the mean-time, consider using something a little less costly, multiplied up in a server farm. save space, save power, save money. there's people setting up fanless servers in a space less than 5in x 4in x 1in that use well below 10 watts... and that's including a SATA-based SSD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panda84 View Post
    The late delivery has mostly been caused by Chinese New Year:
    http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/china/

    Allwinner A1x and A20 boards beat all the other ARM based boards in terms of open source support as there's open source hardware video decoding support,
    http://linux-sunxi.org/CedarX/Reverse_Engineering

    this reverse-engineering has been successful in getting H.264 and MPEG decode up and running. that's a big achievement!

    all it needs now is for limadriver to reach its first milestone with even a partially accelerated opengl library and the allwinner A20 will be the world's first truly mass-volume SoC that's FSF-Endorseable.

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    Hey Luke!

    What happened to the qimod website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krach View Post
    Hey Luke!

    What happened to the qimod website?
    whooops, thaaaanks i did an upgrade of apache a couple of days ago, didn't realise i had to edit every VHosted site on there replacing VirtualHost * with VirtualHost *:80. thanks for noticing

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    www.qimod.com works, plain qimod.com does not. Also the "Empowering" text has a pretty afwul font.

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