[Soekris] I need a "better" net4501

David LeBlanc whisper at oz.net
Fri May 24 00:51:42 UTC 2002


The master has spoken :-)

Would you welcome input from the mailing list for the features for "4501
next generation"? I definately have some ideas, suggestions and desires, and
would be willing to do what I can to facilitate getting something I like
created...

Regards,

David LeBlanc
Seattle, WA USA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: soekris-tech-admin at lists.soekris.com
> [mailto:soekris-tech-admin at lists.soekris.com]On Behalf Of Soren
> Kristensen
> Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 17:38
> To: David LeBlanc
> Cc: soekris-tech at lists.soekris.com
> Subject: Re: [Soekris] I need a "better" net4501
>
>
> Hi David,
>
> David LeBlanc wrote:
> >
> > I would love to see a 4501 style board based on the MachZ chip
> > (http://www.zfmicro.com/zfx86.html) and get _all_ the goodies!
>
> Plus two MAJOR problems:
>
> 1) It do not support 256/512 Mbit chips, limiting the memory to 32 Mbyte
> if using two x16 chips as I do now.
>
> Btw, I just tested two 512 Mbit chips (128 Mbyte) on a net4501 board,
> work just fine :-) But they're still very expensive chips.
>
> 2) ZF Micro seems to have serious money problems, and now National
> Semiconductor (their foundry) don't want to produce the ZFx86
> anymore.... (read the letter on the ZF Micro website)
>
>
> > Summary of features
>
> ....
>
> >
> > I wonder if we couldn't get Soren to work on such a project if
> we could get
> > people to subscribe to a minimum buy level like 100 units or more if
> > needed... ?
> >
> > I actually talked to Soren about this chip at one point and he mentioned
> > that it was pricy. OTOH, i'd be willing to pay ~$300 for such a
> board in one
> > of his little cases. There are actually more things on that chip that I
> > think would need to be brought out - like the ISA bus for one. I'd also
> > swoggle the dual IDE into dual externally accessable PCMCIA
> type II slots.
> >
>
> Take a look at the National Semiconductor Geode SC series....
> http://www.national.com/appinfo/solutions/0,2062,243,00.html
>
> They're also comming out with a new low cost video less version, perfect
> for a follow up to the net4501 :-)
>
>
> Regards,
>
>
> Soren
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