It May Soon Be Possible To Build A Do-It-Yourself 64-Bit ARM Laptop
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 30 November 2015 at 10:33 AM EST. 22 Comments
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Olimex Ltd is hoping to make it possible to sell a Do-It-Yourself laptop powered by a 64-bit ARM SoC.

Olimex has been working on the OLinuXino OSHW Linux laptop that's an open-source ARM hardware design and would be powered by an Allwinner A64 64-bit SoC.

They just received samples of their plastic body design for the laptop itself. While a pure plastic laptop is worrisome, they claim that "the plastic parts [are] very good!" They have also sourced the battery, LCD display, keyboard, and other components.

They still are working to fit a motherboard in their plastic laptop, but they are looking at possibly selling a Do-It-Yourself kit where you can build your own laptop out of the parts.


OLinuXino OSHW Linux Laptop


The Allwinner A64 is sold as "the most cost efficient 64-bit tablet processor" with the Chinese company pricing it at $5 USD. The A64 uses Cortex-A53 cores, there is 4K support with H.264/H.265 video decode, and works on both vanilla Linux and Android.

You can read about this project via their blog. More details are expected at FOSDEM in early 2016.
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