QUOTE(dak @ Jun 15 2008, 02:59 PM)
I think it is in everyone best interest that this project be play tested and refined as much as possible. Its not like Microsoft or Apple is coming out with a similar gadget to compete. If Craig suddenly said the Pandora would come out six months from now and would be $200 more, I would gleefully wait for conceivably the greatest gadget ever. We must remember this project was started because all the other companies were "doing it wrong". Just the prospect that someone will do it right has me very excited. So please, everyone involved, take your time. The Pandora deserves it.
You have got to be kidding me.
A ) I am not as rich as you. In fact I am already doing a lot of preparation just to pay $330 for something I will use for playing with the OMAP 35xx.
B ) Already the shipping date is roughly August. If its 6 more months late, a variety of new mobile devices will be out and there is no reason to stick to the Pandora when I can have fun with some other system.
As Chad said, at some point of time you just have to ship. And at some price, you just have to say no to price increases. If you have that much extra money, I know a couple of good charity organizations.
Considering that NVidia's part isn't faster than the OMAP (Keep in mind, they're using an ARM11, not a Cortex)- they're not leading the pack save with possibly a better GPU. I'll say it again for everyone- a faster GPU, with higher fillrate doesn't do you JACK if you don't have a CPU to keep it filled up. Sitting idle does you not a lick of good. Having NVidia in the space is good. What they have right now isn't competitive with what we're hoping to see with the Pandora- honest. It's about half as powerful on everything but the GPU, and it remains to be seen if the GPU's any better than the SGX we've got in hand on our SOC.
Having said this, there's some potential competitors that might show on the horizon in about 8-10 months from now that might fill the role- but nobody out there right now has the same story that I know of and I do track the market and have a few connections.
Hmm btw I hear Qualcomm has a chip called Snapdragon that incorporates AMD's Imageon ES 2.0 capable graphics core?
Edited by randomhack, 15 June 2008 - 11:19 PM.