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Contemplated Platforms

A list of platforms (computers, devices) that we find interesting as potential target for HelenOS. The devices which are open or at least Linux-based, should be reasonably hackable. Many believe that we should primarily focus on state-of-the-art platforms instead of porting HelenOS to interesting ancient machines. However, supporting ancient machines, if time permits, can be used to demonstrate solid software design and openness.

ARM-based

OUYA

Device class micro game console
Dimensions (w x h x d) 75 mm x 75 mm x 75 mm
Weight 300 g
Hackability mostly documented
CPU quad-core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore (ARMv7-A architecture)
Availability readily available (worldwide)
Input USB HID
Approx. price 120 EUR (incl. VAT)

Utilite

Device class mini desktop
Dimensions (w x h x d) 135 mm x 21 mm x 100 mm
Weight unknown
Hackability unknown
CPU up to 1.2 GHz quad-core Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 MPCore
Availability autumn 2013 (worldwide)
Input USB HID
Approx. price unknown

GP2X WIZ

Device class handheld game console
Dimensions (w x h x d) 121 mm x 61 mm x 18 mm
Weight (incl. batt) 136 g
Hackability Linux-based
CPU 533 MHz MagicEyes Pollux SoC (ARM926TEJ-S, ARMv5 architecture)
Availability readily available from distributors worldwide (CZ)
Input d-pad, action buttons, touch screen
Approx. price 3,600 CZK (incl. VAT)

Pandora

Device class handheld game console / PC
Dimensions (w x h x d) 140 mm x 83 mm x 28 mm
Weight (incl. batt) 335 g
Hackability Linux-based, community-based, but no schematics readily available
CPU 600 MHz OMAP3530 (Cortex-A8, ARMv7-A architecture)
Availability difficult to obtain (long waiting time a.t.m. from official site)
Input keyboard, D-pad, action buttons, nubs, touch screen
Approx. price 330 EUR (incl. VAT, excl. accessories)

PandaBoard

Device class single-board computer
Dimensions (w x h x d) 114 mm x 102 mm x ? mm
Weight 0.074 kg
Hackability Linux, schematics available at official site
CPU 1 GHz 2-core OMAP4430 (Cortex-A9 MPCore, ARMv7-A architecture, SMP)
Availability US/Digi-Key (see official site)
Input USB, RS-232
Approx. price 174 USD (Digi-Key)

Samsung Chromebook

Device class ARM-based netbook
Dimensions (w x h x d) ???
Weight 1.1 kg
Hackability Unlocked bootloader, can boot alternate Linux distros
CPU ARM Cortex A15 core (Samsung Exynos 5 SOC) 2x1.7 GHz
Availability Amazon, PC World
Input Keyboard, touchpad
Approx. price 249 USD

MIPS-based

MikroTik RouterBoard RB435G

Device class MIPS router / development board
Dimensions (w x h x d) 105 mm x 154 mm x ?? mm
Weight ?? g
Hackability supported by OpenWrt (https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/mikrotik/rb435), FreeBSD known to run on a similar model with the same SoC
CPU Qualcomm Atheros AR7161 SoC with a MIPS 24K CPU
Availability readily available from MikroTik distributors, eBay
Input serial, USB
Approx. price 189 USD

Imagination Technologies Creator Ci40

Device class MIPS development board
Dimensions (w x h x d) unknown
Weight unknown
Hackability Debian and OpenWrt said to be running on this
CPU MIPS InterAptiv CPU
Availability Kickstarter project (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/imgtec/creator-ci40-the-ultimate-iot-in-a-box-dev-kit)
Input serial (has the same GPIO headers as RaspberryPi), USB
Approx. price 35 GBP

Ben NanoNote

Device class mini netbook
Dimensions (w x h x d) 99 mm x 75 mm x 17.5 mm
Weight (incl. batt) 126 g
Hackability fully documented
CPU 336 MHz Ingenic Semiconductor JZ4740 SoC (MIPS-II compatible, 32b)
Availability readily available from distributors worldwide (EU)
Input integrated keyboard
Approx. price 110 EUR (incl. VAT)

Fuloong Mini-PC

Device class media box / mini-PC
Dimensions (w x h x d) 181 mm x 145 mm x 37 mm
Weight 780 g
Hackability Linux-based
CPU 850 MHz ST Microelectronics Loongson 2F (MIPS-III architecture, 64b)
Availability readily available from distributors worldwide (EU)
Input USB HID, RS-232
Approx. price 235 EUR (incl. VAT)

Sgi Octane

Device class workstation
Dimensions (w x h x d) 280 mm x 413 mm x 337 mm
Weight 24.3 kg
Hackability partially supported by OpenBSD
CPU 2x 250 MHz MIPS R10000 (64-bit, MIPS IV architecture)
Availability no longer in production, only from second-hand sellers
Input PS/2 keyboard and mouse, RS-232
Approx. price 50 - 100 EUR (eBay)

Sony PlayStation 2

Device class game console
Dimensions (w x h x d) 230 mm x 28 mm x 152 mm
Weight 900 g
Hackability partially supported by Linux (heavily modified 2.4 kernel), universal bootloader in development
CPU 200 MHz Emotion Engine (MIPS-III + MIPS IV subset, 64-bit, 32-bit FPU)
Availability readily available from distributors worldwide (CZ)
Input USB HID
Approx. price 2,500 CZK (incl. VAT)

PowerPC-based

Apple iMac G5

Device class PC
Dimensions (w x h x d) 426 mm x 430 mm x 173 mm
Weight 8.4 kg
Hackability supported by Linux
CPU 1.8 - 2.0 GHz IBM PowerPC G5/970FX (PowerPC64 architecture(2))
Availability no longer in production, only from second-hand sellers
Input USB HID
Approx. price 50 - 100 EUR (eBay)

Sony PlayStation 3

Device class game console
Dimensions (w x h x d) 325 mm x 97 mm x 274 mm
Weight 5 kg
Hackability supported by Linux (jailbroken)
CPU 3 GHz Cell (PowerPC64 architecture(2))
Availability readily available from distributors worldwide (CZ)
Input USB HID
Approx. price 8,500 CZK (incl. VAT)

AVR-based

Dynawa TCH1

Device class Wrist computer / watch
Dimensions (w x h x d) ???
Weight ???
Hackability Official firmware source available
CPU Atmel AVR32?
Availability From dynawa.org, early adopter's version
Input Buttons, USB
Approx. price 500-600 Euro (not mass produced)

(2) Uses PowerPC64 architecture which is currently not supported by HelenOS.

Last modified 20 months ago Last modified on 2015-12-18T22:33:24Z