Does it mean that 8641D projects will be approved and projects running sooner than those for OSW? I've thought projects will have to wait for Genesis board and not for this from Freescale, or am I mistaken and Freescale will support projects by their own reference design?
Projects are approved when they are approved; it isn't about which hardware will be available first :)
The current program will run based on Freescale's board. When we have our own board, we will swap to ours. The whole point is to improve the environment for the release of the consumer level product.
Otherwise we will be trailing by six months waiting for someone to pick up dual core optimizations and PCI Express graphics driver bugs etc. :)
This way we can "seed" the market, the best developers will get early access to the chip. Remember, it is still not a giveaway. We will be looking at applications which can SPECIFICALLY take advantage of the hardware, rather than just throwing boards at anyone who thinks four ethernet ports will save them buying another ethernet card.
Personally I am looking forward to projects about multithreading improvements, AltiVec optimization of existing and non-existing software (feel free to create some AROUND this chipset).
It really is sort of tiring to see 200+ project ideas which are "I want to compile something already in Linux and just run it". It is very easy for us to look at a project idea and tell how long it will take you to do if you are competant; and if you are competant, and it will take a few days, is that worth $4000 to us? Is there a benefit, a market opportunity opened, that we could not have just done in-house?
Matt Sealey, Genesi USA Inc.
Product Development Analyst