[Soekris] PPC... GEODE... MIPS...

Joel Jaeggli joelja at darkwing.uoregon.edu
Tue Jul 29 21:42:06 UTC 2003


On Tue, 29 Jul 2003, Shawn Mitchell wrote:

> I was reading on the archives while looking for other information about the
> possible use of other CPU's in new/future boards.
> 
> I was just curious where this was.  Soren's comment on trying to find any
> other architecture where besides x86 you could take a 10 year old binary and
> still run it is very insightful and true.
>
> What about the GEODE cpu?  It's an x86 based cpu.  Or have there been any
> issues found with it?  I'm not the most competent with it in great detail,
> but from what I have seen and used of it on projects, I have never had a
> problem.  Granted, I did not try to run an old binary on it.

the geode sc1100 is in the soekris 4801. the geode like the amd elan is 
basically a hopped up 486 or pentium with a number of ancillary bits 
tacked on the core depending on the functionality, in the grand scheme of 
embeded microprocessor they aren't terribly low cost.
 
> The PPC CPU is something I would like to see.  They have a great/short
> pipeline structure, and would be great for intensive TCP/IP applications
> because of it.
>
> The MIPS CPU is of fair quality, but it seems that instruction set's change
> with each release enough to cause headache's. If you do low level stuff,
> your probably going to want to stick with something less volatile.  But that
> is coming from little experience with it so you can ignore my opinion of a
> MIPS device.
> 
> What are some other opinions on these?
> 
> -Shawn
> 
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