If you would like to follow along with the latest design or would like to dive deep into the internals of Pocket P.C. we have created a repository on GitHub for the latest hardware files. The work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
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We are one step closer to shipping Pocket P.C. with the latest developments.
The latest D.V.T PCB design is out for production. We expect the PCBs to arrive within 10-12 days. After that, we will be assembling 25 units.
The D.V.T. design brings with it a newly added SPI Flash which will allow Pocket P.C. to more easily boot multiple operating systems on the same Pocket P.C. We also changed the design to a 10-layer PCB stackup vs. 8-layers which will ensure better signal integrity for high-speed signals.
The keyboard layout has been tweaked incorporating feedback from community suggestions and from hands-on the 3D printed prototypes. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback about our initial layout. The space bar has been extended to allow for it to be pressed from a comfortable hand position and a few other minor changes. You can view the latest layout in our community keyboard thread here: Pocket P.C. Keyboard Layout (Part 2)
We learned a lot from the last production run of Original Popcorn. We did not receive the level of support that we were promised from the USB-C IC manufacturer that we chose to handle the USB Power Delivery system. As such, we changed the Pocket P.C. design to incorporate a robust Texas Instruments single-chip solution. With this new solution, we added to the design dedicated port protector ICs with ESD protection and surge protection ICs also from Texas Instruments on every ports. This will make the design more robust to faulty power conditions.
Finally, to ensure that Pocket P.C. has great software support out of the box, we have requested embedded development help from the community. Our goal is to ensure that we get all aspects of our products mainlined so that custom kernels will not be required. In order to accomplish this, a community effort is required to review and test new solutions before submitting them to the Linux Kernel mailing list. If you are interested in following with our development efforts you can join the discussion here: Embedded Linux Development Help Requested
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In an effort to be more transparent with the latest on-goings with development and production, we have created a community thread where we will post updates as they happen.
4 replies on “Pocket P.C. Open Sourced!”
If it has 4 GiB DDR3 RAM (in sacrifice of 1920×1080 px IPS LCD for 1280×720px or even for 1024×576 px), I will want it.
Allwinner A64 that is used here only supports max 3GB DDR3. A64 SoC used here is one of the best mainline Linux supported chipsets out there https://linux-sunxi.org/A64
glad to see youre still moving forwards!
Looks good, but for the big blank area on the underside of the PCB how about a prototyping area, with a grid of squares so we can solder on our own SMT stuff, some spare GPIO’s, power rails, Vbat etc? After all, this is supposed to be for hackers…