[Arm-netbook] easy pc

lkcl luke luke.leighton at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 13:17:42 GMT 2012

On Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM, hugo meneses <hugalactico at hotmail.com> wrote:
> hi guys!
> I am already ready for start this proyect, already have interested customers
> , experience and logystics. If we take too long time whit this maybe at the
> end i will have to work whit the chinese solution companies because
> some customers are already asking. My main problems are the solution
> companies take a really big profit and second i know how they work here and
> what i see in this group there are a lot of very smart people thatn also
> work whit better quality standars.

 from RHT's perspective: the more people who base systems around the
EOMA standards, the better for us.  the only thing we care about is a
small royalty percentage (on the patents) from units sold.  it is
therefore in our interests to *reduce* the NREs as much as possible
(both hardware and software) not *increase* them.

> I am also a bussines man, i can try to hire some people here in china for
> just assembly and make this fast but i dont think i can get the same kind of
> polishness.
> we need to start to talk about BOM, kind of cooperation, i can put the money
> for case moldering, case design, the whole logistics in shenzhen, help and
> control the buying of the material but what i want is access to the real bom
> , prices and etc.

 ok, there's going to be 2 sets.  1) for the EOMA-68 card 2) for the
PC (I/O Board and case)

 i've done a rough estimate at
http://rhombus-tech.net/community_ideas/educational_and_games_mc/ (i
removed VGA, just leaving Composite Video Out).  some VERY rough
estimates puts the BOM somewhere around $9, maybe $10 BOM for the PC
including case.

 oh, darn, i forgot ethernet.  so it's more like $10.

 oh, bugger - and the WIFI module.  so more like $12.

> You can keep your project of sell only the eoma68 board
> and make the profits you think are ok, but in my case i will sell the final
> product and take just a small margin, i wont get involved in sell the cards
> (that is your bussines :) ), even is a bussines my main motivation is help
> spread computers to the third world.

 :)  well.. you'll still need to have them made: again, depending on
volume, we just put you in touch directly with the factory.

> I think we can cooperate like partners, we help whit some things and you
> help whit other things and together we will make this growth, but each one
> drive their bussines in their way.
> so... what do i need to start to do?

 pick someone to do the PCB :)   there's a couple of people (bari in
the USA, or jai in Australia) or you might know someone else.

 ... btw if you were to throw in some extra options (SATA connector
etc.) i think you might find that there are more people interested, in
other markets as well.

> also  other people asking about the audio i forgot to mention we should put
> audio out and mic input, this sholud be like a minicomputer.

 there's a 4-pin Stereo Headphone+Mic on the A10 CPU Card, so strictly
speaking this isn't needed, but if you at least provide the option of
extra audio on the PC it may attract more customers.  likewise an
option for VGA or DVI or something.


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