The open source Pandora handheld looks set to make a splash pretty soon, where it has been tipped to retail for $330 thereabouts while resembling the size of a Nintendo DS. Among the highlights of the Pandora include the Ångström-Linux operating system, a desktop environment, a Texas Instruments 600Mhz ARM processor, a Texas Instruments 430Mhz DaVinci video processor, accompanied by a 4.3" touchsreen display at 800 x 480 resolution, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, dual SDHC memory card slots at TV out via composite or S-video. Are you drooling yet?
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Pandora is a open source portable console which was designed based on the input of thousands of forum users with one goal in mind – to make the ultimate open source handheld device.
It is designed as an ultra portable open source computer with gaming controls, it is very small, around about the same size as a DS. It can easily fit in your pocket.
It is, without doubt, the most powerful portable games system ever and at the time of writing the most powerful mini computer, too. It has openGL 2.0 3D hardware, a 600-900Mhz CPU, media coprocessors, an 800×480 LCD and 128MB of RAM. The killer app with the hardware is that it is using an ARM Cortex A8 CPU, meaning astonishing battery life -over ten hours- which blows away similar mini PCs based on the old x86 chipsets. You will be able to play games like Quake III with ease and at the cutting edge even Doom III (if the engine goes open source soon, of course).
Here is their latest video of the Pandora playing Quake:
If you are interested and have any ideas you should head over to their forums because they actually listen to it which is rare these days, or just go and say they doing a great job on it.
While the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS have cornered the mainstream handheld video game market, there’s still plenty of room for systems for those of us who don’t mind getting our hands a little bit dirty. Fresh on the scene is the Pandora, a portable game console that’s designed from the ground up as an open source system.
Read more: http://technabob.com/blog/2008/04/12/pandora-open-source-linux-gaming-handheld/#ixzz0e6NnRp4u
The Pandora’s clamshell case will be roughly the size of a Nintendo DS, and will offer a substantial color LCD touchscreen display. To further support its gaming chops, the Pandora will sport dual analog joypads, a digital D-pad, A-B-X-Y buttons and a QWERTY keyboard just for kicks (or if you want to do more than play games).
Read more: http://technabob.com/blog/2008/04/12/pandora-open-source-linux-gaming-handheld/#ixzz0e6Nx5cPf
The CPU under the hood is said to be powerful enough to emulate everything from the NES to the Super Nintendo to the Sony PlayStation all at full speed. Full specs are listed below:
ARM® Cortex™-A8 CPU running Linux
800×480 4.3″ 16.7 million color touchscreen LCD
OpenGL 2.0 ES compliant 3D hardware
Dual SDHC card slots
Dual analog and digital gaming controls
43 button QWERTY and numeric keypad
High Speed USB Host
The Pandora development team expects to start releasing developer kit in the next couple of months, with a goal of a full-on consumer launch this Summer. Retail pricing is expected to be around £199 (inc VAT) / $330 USD / €212 (Ex.VAT).
Read more: http://technabob.com/blog/2008/04/12/pandora-open-source-linux-gaming-handheld/#ixzz0e6O1W4qO