Originally Posted by h20man
I think this is a more interesting device:
a low cost ($35) single
board computer the size of playing cards.
Can act as media center, or, since runs linux can be a linux host for OpenCPN
They just got their first run of a 1000 boards, and shall be selling them shortly....
Just add power, USB keyboard and drive if you wish and a HDMI display!
According to Ticki, the fellow who has ported OpenCPN to the ARM processor,
the Raspberry has too little memory to run OpenCPN (2nd page of this thread);
OpenCPN Runs on Embedded ARM
. The idea of using the Raspberry is good in principle, though - the cheaper the individual elements are, the lower the price
of the finished product!
The reason I mentioned the Beagleboard is that it appears to be the most suitable
"engine" in an OpenCPN/Linux-based navigation
system/box/pad than the alternatives except maybe for the Pandaboard. The design aim is to make a box which is primarily meant as a navigational aid/systems monitor
BUT ALSO can run word processors, media players etc. as a useful bonus, None of the vanilla boards are suitable without modification though; they need NMEA ports
(RS422?), anti-corrosion treatment, plus plus. According to PandaBoard FAQ - OMAPpedia
Is PandaBoard a replacement for the BeagleBoard?
While the boards are very similar in form factor, PandaBoard is not meant to be a replacement for BeagleBoard. PandaBoard was designed to be a vehicle for mobile software development, whereas BeagleBoard is meant to be used as a prototyping vehicle for product development. We expect to continue to see many innovations come out of the robust BeagleBoard community!
Make no mistake, it will be a major undertaking if "we" decide to go throgh with this.
Who "we" are is yet to be discovered. The only unifying factor is the goal to end up with a product which is affordable for impoverished <30' boat sailors*, is rugged like heck, is based on Open-hardware/software technologies, and consumes ludicrously low amounts of power.
*Or simply would like to have the hippest digital navs tool on the seven seas.