Thanks, there is good informations there but:
- When this machine could be available ?
- How much could it be priced ?
- And, important, how much electrical power will it use ?
Nb : I really this such a kind of machine could be a really great Power desktop computer.
The reference design is available now if you are very eager to get into dual core PowerPC computing. However as a reference design it has a LOT of features totally unnecessary for a consumer product. It's for developers who want to create a product which will instantly run on the final Pegasos 8641D. We have a developer program of course (see bbrv's link)
That board is $4000 right now. This is Freescale's price.
The target price for the final design will be an ODW-like system for $1500, just like the original ODW was. We hope this will be on sale in 2007, the sooner the better. There is a lot to do! I think we will want to get this system ATI Certified like we did the original ODW, but for product sale rather than as an afterthought. There is also a lot of demand for providing more complete packages (monitor etc.) which we can put in there.
As for power consumption; the current ODW (with a 3-year old 130nm G4, nice hard disk, DVD burner and Radeon 9250) consumes around 80W 'idle' - that's booted to a Linux desktop and not doing much.
We hope a complete system with the 8641D will not be much more; at least it will compete very well with a complete Intel Core Duo system with similar hardware components (roughly the same clock speed, SATA disk and DVDRW, DDR2 RAM, and a PCI Express graphics adapter).
Matt Sealey, Genesi USA Inc.
Product Development Analyst