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Peripherals and Ports / SATA M.2 Card vs mSATA
« on: February 23, 2015, 09:46:16 PM »

Peripherals and Ports / SATA IGS Model
« on: February 17, 2015, 03:42:39 PM »

Peripherals and Ports / Speakers
« on: February 14, 2015, 05:58:03 PM »
Two simple speakers integrated into the keyboard module.

How important is it to you to have an internal DVD drive?

Wanted Features and Options / Most asked for features so far
« on: January 31, 2015, 05:44:44 PM »
Open Firmware - No Blobs

Long battery life and bigger batteries

Non-proprietary batteries

More USB ports than just 2-3

PCIe connectors for cables and expansion boards and external GPU's

Replaceable anything and everything

Desktop CPU performance

>8GB of RAM, 32GB

Areas for custom sensors, small boards, devices etc DIY


Enclosures and Cases / Printing vs Molding
« on: January 31, 2015, 10:43:08 AM »
The cost of tooling for a typical laptop enclosure is over $250K

The enclosures may be printed using rapid SLA with engineering photopolymers. They can be entirely made from photopolymers or partially photopolymer with an aluminum alloy chassis similar to the T60 thinkpads.

Another option is to use aluminum alloy and machine the entire enclosure or again a combination of aluminum alloy shell along with photopolymer components.

Short to medium production runs of various case and display sizes is easy as well as custom one offs since we aren't making tools.

Cases / Why SLA Printed vs Injection Molding
« on: January 31, 2015, 10:37:22 AM »
The costs for tooling are >$100K for injection molding. To keep initial costs down until there's enough demand or interest we'll be printing the enclosures vs injection molding. Printing also allows you to make custom cases quite easily that would require new tools for injection molding.

Cases / SLA Printed Cases
« on: January 31, 2015, 08:04:44 AM »
3D printed enclosure using engineering resins (not FDM). Everyone seems to be stuck at this step, even Google.  Not sure why since the tech is decades old.

Youtube doesn't always like starting so far into a long video. The conversation about 3d printing starts 56 minutes and 10 seconds in.

"3D Systems Will Not Be 3D Printing Google’s Project Ara Smartphone Modules"

Chipsets / Mediatek MT6260
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:56:13 PM »
~$3 Mediatek MT6260 GSM/GPRS/EDGE-RX ARM SOC

32b ARM7EJ-S RISC processor
LCD controller
Supports QPI and SPI serial flash
5-row x 5-column keypad controller
2 UARTs with hardware flow control and supports baud rate up to 921,600 bps
FS/LS USB 1.1 device controller
Multimedia card, secure digital Memory Card, host controller with flexible I/O voltage power
Supports SDIO interface for SDIO peripherals
DAI/PCM and I2S interface for audio
I2C master interface for peripheral management
SPI master interface for peripheral management
Li-ion battery charger and 14 LDOs for the power supply

Displays / eDP and LVDS
« on: January 27, 2015, 03:53:44 PM »
Are there any LCD's that we might consider using that still use LVDS?

How many Watt Hours should the minimum battery capacity be?

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