Project Pengachu: Cheap Wireless Linux for Everyone
Nov 25, 2000, 13:51 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Rehmi Post of MIT's Media Lab is working on an under-$50,
low-power, Linux-based handheld computer for the developing world.
Information on Project Pengachu from his site."
[ Description from LinuxWorld link -- information on Rehmi Post's
site is in the form of a slideshow, three of which are quoted below
- LT ed. ]
- Small, cheap
- Long battery life
- Peer to peer ad-hoc wireless TCP/IP networking
- Open software, open hardware
- Complete software development environment on board
- Reusable design for embedded computing (to enable TTT!)"
- Open hardware and software (no big SW license fees!)
- Simplified backplane bus using 1Mbps SPI for low cost
- On-board power management for long battery life (50mW while
- 128x64 pixel onboard LCD, possibly VGA or NTSC output in next
- Projected system cost in volume ($50), easy to integrate into a
cheaper few-chip solution"
- Software Footprint: < 1MB!!!!
- Web browser, full TCP/IP software suite, NFS, web server,
- Native or cross-compile -- either way a full software
development environment: vi, emacs, C and Scheme
- MP3 audio and IP telephony support in hardware
- Browse or navigate with onboard buttons and wheel; write code
with external keyboard/mouse"