[Arm-netbook] CT-PC89E update (message to factory)

JLB j at twu.net
Wed Mar 10 18:14:25 GMT 2010

This may sound like a stupid question, but where are we going to dig up 
the scratch to order 20,000 units?

On Wed, 10 Mar 2010, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 1:50 PM, Michelle Konzack
> <linux4michelle at tamay-dogan.net> wrote:
>> Hello Luke and *,
>> Does this mean you would consider to RE-DESIGN the WHOLE Base-Board  and
>> design (or buy) a new SO-Dimm for it?
> i'm happy for absolutely any and all options.
>> I should note, that the current OMAP 3530 with 720MHz ist the fastest TI
>> Microcontroller
> yes but it's $50 in 1k volumes (!).  that may go down soon, with competition.
>> and they are working on a faster one...  :-)
> goood.
>> For the Marvel Kirkwood I have to wait because before I start I need muc
>> more infos from TI and Marvel.
>> The smallest EVKit for the OMAP 3530 would be arround 350 Euro  and  for
>> the Marvell Kirkwood (SO-Dimm) arround 450 Euro.
>> Also "Silica" (they are in  Strasbourg  too)  offered  me  access  to  a
>> Freescale i.MX51 but now I have to wait for all infos.  ;-)
> i don't expect freescale processors to be any good.  they're
> desperate to make money, and they make design mistakes as a result.
> also, they have a policy of chasing after large orders and ignoring
> the small to medium opportunities.
>> I would develop a SO-Dimm where OMAP and Kirkwood will have te same Pin-
>> Layout and users can then choose the desired performance from inexpnsive
>> "it works for me" to "killer ferrari".
>> This project will be much more fun, but of course, can not more  handled
>> by my self alone...
> understood, michelle.
> i'm looking around for machines at $120, to fulfil an order for
> 20,000 units.  don't care what it is, as long as it has a 9in or 10in
> screen, and can take WIFI and 3G modem _internally_.  and the target
> price is $120.  the processor is irrelevant, as long as it can cope
> with remote desktop.  the CT-PC89E fulfils the requirements,
> perfectly, even beating the price by $118 and coming in at $102
> (excluding 3G modem).
> at that kind of order level, there's plenty of room to get a bit of
> money to do better designs.
> l.
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