Posts Tagged ‘hardware’


OGRE Running on a Beagleboard

February 13, 2009
Posted by: Butterman

As you may or may not know, the Beagleboard is a OMAP powered micro-computer. Its hardware specifications are almost identical to the Pandora, it is used by many Pandora developers who do not have Pandora development boards, like the Gentoo Pandora developers. This is OGRE (the 3d engine) running a few tests on a Beagleboard using the powerVR SGX core (the exact same one avaliable on the Pandora). It looks like those 3d drivers are finnaly coming into circulation!

Quote from craigix:

Good stuff, we are hoping to show off more 3D on the Pandora in the coming weeks too now that the drivers are working.



Minor Production update: LCDs

January 4, 2009

MiniSinisterMinister just posted this update on LCDs:

According to Evil Dragon, the remaining LCDs have arrived.

“Nein, die restlichen LCDs liegen mittlerweile bereit.”

“No, the remaining LCDs are there and ready.”

(In response to a remark that the first production batch could not exceed 400 units as there were only 400 LCDs in stock)


Kloplop321 provides this update/clarification:

ED has said different when posting back
“Not yet arrived, but ready to ship from the manufacturer – and completely paid :)”


Latest Prototype News from EvilDragon

January 2, 2009

mali has just posted this news:

Faktisch weiß ich aber, dass die Pandora in den Produktionsendzügen liegt 😉

Es gab noch eine Verzögerung vom Akkuhersteller (der hat das Design nochmals überarbeitet, deswegen mussten wir das Prototyp-Gehäuse verschieben (gibt ja keinen Sinn, wenn der Akku nicht passt ;)).
Vom finalen Akku wird derzeit ein Prototyp erstellt, der die nächsten Tage fertig wird – und kurz drauf ist das quasi fertige Gehäuse auf den neuen Akku angepasst. Und dann kommt WIRKLICH endlich das Prototyp-Gehäuse – denn dann haben wir alles, was dazu nötig ist.

Eine Auslieferung in den nächsten zwei Monaten ist in jedem Fall sehr wahrscheinlich.

Pandora’s production just needs the last steps. There was another delay because the battery manufacturer refined the design an so we had to delay the prototype case, too(it doesn’t make any sense, when the battery doesn’t fit). At the moment a prototype of the final battery is being made and will be finished in the next days – shortly after that the final case will be adapted to the new battery. And then we REALLY will have the final prototype case – because we will have everything what is needed.

A delivery of Pandora in the next two months is very likely.

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Gentoo; USB charging

December 29, 2008

Two small snippets for you.

viridior has posted an update on Gentoo for Pandora.

Great News!

The gentoo.pandora.devs have been able to build enough of an image that we will be able to start exporting it to dev’s with hardware for testing very soon.  Checkout and specifically to see our current base image software list.

This image is ONLY intended for basic functionality and use.  You will be able to add your own software easily by using emerge <software name>.  (We are using pre-compiled binaries)  That means that you can use potentially anything in

We will also have our own custom Gentoo Pandora Portage library for Pandora community projects and custom builds to maintain compatibility with the official distro release(s).

Squidge has confirmed that you can only charge via USB when the Pandora is off – I don’t think this is totally new but it’s worth knowing.

It should be noted however that you will only be able to charge the Pandora via USB when the device is Off. USB doesn’t supply enough power (~500mA) to both charge the battery and power the system at the same time.