~OT, ARM64 becoming more useful: RK3399 laptop w M2 slot & A64 phone coming

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~OT, ARM64 becoming more useful: RK3399 laptop w M2 slot & A64 phone coming

Tinker
This is bordering on off-topic to this list, but, the ARM64 architecture
is becoming more useful:

An RK3399 laptop with
 * magnesium chassi,
 * M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD slot (four-lane PCIe v3) and
 * 4K@60hz displayport output,
 * full HD IPS display,
for 200 USD is coming to market.

Keyboard layout may be UK/ISO.

Its hardest functionality limit then should be the CPU/SoC's 4GB RAM
cap.

https://liliputing.com/2019/01/pinebook-pro-linux-laptop-coming-this-year-for-199-and-up.html

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/01/pinebook-pro-linux-laptop-coming-soon

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2019/01/30/the-new-pinebook-pro-will-challenge-google-chromebooks-for-199/

And they're making an Allwinner A64 smartphone.

Both these SoC:s are supported by OpenBSD.

Some day these devices will break through their 4GB RAM cap, and some
day they'll become faster.

And some day RISCV will take the steps ARM64 is taking now.

This is great heterogenicity progress.

Tinker

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Re: ~OT, ARM64 becoming more useful: RK3399 laptop w M2 slot & A64 phone coming

Aaron Mason
I like the look of the Rock64 Pro - quad core A53 + dual core A72,
gigabit NIC, PCIe slot that can be used with a SATA card in the
Rock64Pro NAS enclosure.  Seems OpenBSD supports the Rock64Pro, it's
not clear if the NIC is supported (as some rumblings on the OpenBSD
subreddit suggest).  That said, someone posted a NetBSD dmesg[1] that
shows the NIC appearing (two PHYs appear for some reason) though I'll
keep my unlimitless credit card tucked away until I know for sure.

That said, the thought that you could have a low power NAS with the
capability of encrypted softraid is a nice one...

[1] http://www.netbsd.org/~jmcneill/rockpro64.txt

On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 7:17 PM Tinker <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> This is bordering on off-topic to this list, but, the ARM64 architecture
> is becoming more useful:
>
> An RK3399 laptop with
>  * magnesium chassi,
>  * M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD slot (four-lane PCIe v3) and
>  * 4K@60hz displayport output,
>  * full HD IPS display,
> for 200 USD is coming to market.
>
> Keyboard layout may be UK/ISO.
>
> Its hardest functionality limit then should be the CPU/SoC's 4GB RAM
> cap.
>
> https://liliputing.com/2019/01/pinebook-pro-linux-laptop-coming-this-year-for-199-and-up.html
>
> https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/01/pinebook-pro-linux-laptop-coming-soon
>
> https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2019/01/30/the-new-pinebook-pro-will-challenge-google-chromebooks-for-199/
>
> And they're making an Allwinner A64 smartphone.
>
> Both these SoC:s are supported by OpenBSD.
>
> Some day these devices will break through their 4GB RAM cap, and some
> day they'll become faster.
>
> And some day RISCV will take the steps ARM64 is taking now.
>
> This is great heterogenicity progress.
>
> Tinker
>


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