1Ghz boards. Fancy one?
Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:06 AM
As you may already know, a small test run of 150 1Ghz Pandora units is being produced in June/July.
CPU is 1Ghz (overclockable)
GPU is now 200MHz instead of 110MHz
RAM is now 512MB instead of 256MB
Memory is clocked at 200MHz instead of 166MHz
CPU L1 cache increased from 16KB/16KB to 32KB/32K
Case is new stronger silver version
We already have working samples and they are around 50% faster than the current Pandora, even with overclocking taken in to account.
At comparisons between 600Mhz and 1Ghz the difference is more than 50% (this will be updated once further testing is done).
At comparisons at 1Ghz (overclocked original Pandora) and 1250Ghz (overclocked 1Ghz Pandora) the new Pandora is still 50% faster.
This run of 150 is expensive, which is reflected in the price. These simply exist because there is a demand for them, even at this price. We know it's expensive and not for everyone - but they will help OP.
These units use all the latest parts, nubs, LCD cable, RAM etc. The unit will be the most solid and best Pandora produced so far.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the topic '1Ghz Upgrade', then choose:
Buying a whole new 1Ghz unit: $699 plus shipping - these are custom built and expensive. They have the silver case. They will be marked as 1Ghz special test run. I'm sure I and Ed can sign them.
We swap your old unit for a new 1Ghz one.
What you have to do:
Pay $500 + shipping, Send back your unit, we will send you a new 1Ghz silver case unit.
We will keep your old PCB, we may use your LCD, keymat, buttons etc. on your upgraded unit if they are still in good shape.
^ this might be ideal if you have an old, tired Pandora.
If you *just* want a 1Ghz board:
Pay $500+shipping and send back your old PCB, we will send you the new PCB and you do the upgrade yourself. *recommended if you have a unit with the new LCD cable*. Replacing your PCB is a simple job.
If you have a preorder waiting to be shipped you can upgrade to the 1Ghz units by paying the difference.
The reason we want old PCBs is 1) to check their condition after use and 2) we would like to be able to offer a very cheap version of the Pandora using refurbished PCBs.
Email: email@example.com with the topic '1Ghz Upgrade' for questions.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:18 AM
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:27 AM
Let's see, actual price of http://www.icontrolp...oraprivate.html is $499. I have to spend that fresh new pandora plus $500 to receive that other unit. That is $1000. But i can buy a complete unit for $700.
I don't understand it. Does it mean that the rebirth pandora is worth $300 only?
Who would be that stupid and send a pandora in? Even for first preorders it's more expensive.
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:35 AM
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:50 AM
I'm using one of these as daily units and everything works nicely softwarewise (our current OS is already supporting both SoCs).
Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:15 PM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:26 PM
I would like to know how is the general battery time of these 1GHz Pandoras compared to the normal ones? I guess the CPU speed costs some battery time but maybe the powersave features of ther new Firmware can still provide decent running time?
Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:30 PM
If you offered a refund for a working board (ie, so you could sell another Pandora out of the old board), I might be tempted.
How much memory is on the new board? How does battery life compare?
Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:31 PM
Aditionally, if your Pandora can clock to 900MHz, there's not much difference anymore.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:31 PM
It's out of my price range, but I assume when these boards become the de facto standard Pandora, then the price will be the same current Pandora price.
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:33 PM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:56 PM
I don't think that would be near the $700 mark that you're asking for a completely new order though.
If it helps the project, then great.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:00 PM
"This software runs fine on a 1 Ghz Pandora with 512MB RAM"
banner competition thread?
Sorry for the bad joke. Hope I will never see such banners.
ED, Can I ask why Craig sells these units? Would it be cheaper to buy them from you, who coordinates manufacturing? Bug reports and user feedbacks would be on a shorter route to GC.
Thank you in advance.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:13 PM
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:18 PM
Lets keep things as open as possible, that's one of the major strengths of this community IMHO.
Charging a premium price for the boards with the new SOC makes sense and is pretty much the standard way of doing business in the tech industry. Some people may consider this 'scalping' but from what I can see this is simple economic necessity for Open Pandora GmbH / Ltd.
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:28 PM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:34 PM
They are a test run. These units won't become $500 units - they are too expensive to manufacture and sell at that price. The $699 price will probably be the retail price of these, or maybe $649. That probably won't be until much later in the year, maybe coming up to Christmas.
It needs to be clear that for now these are a custom modification to see if a) the market exists for them and b ) how well they perform and what the general customer options of them are.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:39 PM
The Pandora 2 won't be a reality for another two years at least(assuming a best case that there will be a P2). As far as i'm concerned, this is as close to a Pandora 2 as we'll get for a good long while. Seriously thinking of buying one. Hope to see pics of the new silver case first though.
I will probably wait until Pandora2
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