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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.

Fuloong Mini-PC

Device class Media box / mini-PC
Dimensions (w x h x d) 181 mm x 145 mm x 37 mm
Weight (incl. batt) 780 g
Hackability Linux-based
CPU 800 - 900 MHz Loongson 2F (MIPS64 architecture(1))
Availability Available from some distributors
Approx. price 200 EUR (excl. VAT)

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 (even 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)

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 keyboard and mouse
Approx. price 50 - 100 EUR (eBay)

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 (MIPS64 architecture(1))
Availability no longer in production, only from second-hand sellers
Input PS/2 keyboard and mouse
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 (MIPS64 architecture(1))
Availability Readily available from distributors worldwide (even CZ)
Input USB keyboard and mouse
Approx. price 2,500 CZK (incl. VAT)

Sony PlayStation 3 (non-slim)

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 (up to the 3rd generation and firmware 3.15)
CPU 3 GHz Cell (PowerPC64 architecture(2))
Availability 3rd generation no longer in production, only from second-hand sellers
Input USB keyboard and mouse
Approx. price 200 - 300 EUR (eBay)

BeagleBoard-xM

Device class Single-board computer
Dimensions (w x h x d) 83 mm x 83 mm x ? mm
Weight 0.114 kg
Hackability Linux, System Reference Manual
CPU 1 GHz OMAP3530 (Cortex-A8, ARMv7-A architecture)
Availability Distributors in US, UK, Germany and India (see official site)
Input USB, RS-232
Approx. price 125 USD (Digi-Key)

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)

(1) Uses MIPS64 architecture which is currently not supported by HelenOS.

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