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The Open Hardware GNU/Linux PowerPC notebook project want to group passionate people like you. These people with their involvement will make the difference to design a new open source PowerPC notebook motherboard

We are in the process of building an ethical purchasing group aimed at commissioning a notebook based on the PowerPC platform. The design will be Open Hardware compliant as much as possible, and the notebook will support Linux natively.

The choice of a small and local producer for making this notebook is both an ethical and forced choice, as on the Italian territory it was the only PowerPC experienced company matching our criteria based on the paradigms of an economy based on the human beings and not on a pure financial gain. We strongly feels that where you can find passion and cooperation making money is not the reference value, and for the selected company it is enough to gain just a little margin, solely aimed at maintaining the company running.

The community that is shaping around this project is much more than a classical ethical purchasing group as, in addition to collecting the necessary fundings for producing the notebook, is actively contributing to making possible that GNU/Linux and other operating systems will be fully supported.

The choice of the PowerPC platform is justified by an interesting technological situation: PowerPC CPUs that are produced today have good computational power with regards to the power consumption, they are well supported by the Linux kernel, and many Linux distribution supports the PowerPC architecture. The biggest challenge is a total lack of visibility, as the biggest information technology firms do not use PowerPC in their mainstream products, resulting in the general public completely ignoring their existence. Just count the number of companies, association and groups dealing with the -now mainstream- ARM platform: there is way too much competition in this field, and surely there is no need for new supporters.

Our community is aimed at advertising the notebook project in order to build a group enough big to be able to actually realize the project.

Forum: http://forum.powerpc-notebook.org/ Questionnaire: http://survey.powerpc-notebook.org/ Wiki http://wiki.powerprogress.org/

Social media: https://twitter.com/powerpcnotebook https://www.facebook.com/powerpcnotebook/ https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7300932 

We are building a vast group spread over the 5 continents, a group of creative people having a very heterogeneous background and knowledge and that is willing to collaborate for a common goal: designing and building a notebook  following the Open Hardware philosophy. This is a courageous project, some say a little bit crazy, a project that little or nothing has to share with strict market principles followed by mainstream firms.

Having people spread in the world collaborating on a voluntary basis was made possible by a shared vision: everyone can contribute its own knowledge and competence, share views and experience with others to reach the goal of building a notebook perfectly suiting IT enthusiasts that see in the Open Hardware a viable path for innovating. Altogether we learn the pleasure of discovering al technological aspects that are precluded to the general public when buying a ready-made off-the-shelf notebook, and discovering at the same time the pleasure of sharing such experience and pushing for a virtuous behaviour that has generosity at its core.

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  • 1 × CPU NXP T2080 QorIQ® T2080 Multicore Communications Processors - Power Architecture
  • 1 × Marvell SATA3 88se9235 Controller
  • 1 × Renesas μPD720201 USB3 Controller
  • 1 × Pericom PCIe Packet Switch PI7C9X2G612GP 6-port, 8-lane, PCIe2 Packet Switch with GreenPacket Technology
  • 1 × MicroChip USB2514 USB 2.0 hub controllers

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  • Eureka! Here we have the Board layout! 15 days to donate 3660 euro left.

    Roberto Innocenti10/18/2020 at 13:17 0 comments

    We are happy to share to all the donors and followers the Board Layout of our PPC64 Notebook Motherboard!!!

    The design of our board layout is meant to fit inside the Slimbook Eclipse body. The PCB Design which is currently being worked on using Mentor Xpedition.

    In September 2020 we have published on our gitlab repository the Orcad source file with the latest version (v0.6) of the Electrical Schematics, you can go more deep on these board layout starting from the Orcad source.

    Open Hardware PowerPC Notebook Board Layout for Slimbook Eclipse Body – TOP

    Open Hardware PowerPC Notebook Board Layout for Slimbook Eclipse Body – BOTTOM

    Download our Board Layout

    The tentative deadline for Phase1B is 2th November so there are two weeks left to donate the remaining 3660 euros. If we will reach the goal, the PCB with SI bus simulation should be ready by the end of November.

    In this case in December 2020 we will work on production of the Prototypes together with the Prototypes Donation Campaign.

    We have to give a name to the motherboard, suggestions still remain open few days more on our forum

    Donation Campaign for Signal Integrity Analysis of the PCB Design

  • Orcad source of Electrical Schematic v0.6 published

    Roberto Innocenti09/30/2020 at 10:54 0 comments

    Finally we have published on our gitlab repository the Orcad source file with the latest version (v0.6) of the Electrical Schematics.

    This file is at base of the PCB Design which is currently being worked on using Mentor Xpedition. The previous version of the schematics required some updates in order to accommodate minor changes to match the Slimbook chassis internal spaces. In addition, the schematics are now compatible with the I/O expansion board and the position of the external ports found on the “Elipse” chassis model, that was kindly provided by Slimbook.

    After achieving the goal of Phase 1A (thank you all!!), we have just started Phase 1B of the donation campaign targeting the “Fast SI bus simulations”, in other words, an in-depth analysis of the integrity of signals of the PCB that came out from the previous campaign.

    After discussing with the engineers currently working on the PCB, we were told that publishing an incomplete and potentially buggy PCB does not have much sense, as there might be major problems that will be solved after carrying out the SI bus simulations. At the end of these long discussions, we agreed on publishing the PCB only after reaching the end of Phase 1B, when all checks will be done.

    At this point we cannot fix a deadline for publishing the PCB, as the end of the work on the PCB largely depends on when we will reach the goal of Phase 1B donation campaign and when the SI simulation will help solve all electrical problems that may come up.

    The tentative deadline for Phase1B is 16th October so there are two weeks left to donate the remaining 4000 euros (around 4700 USD). If we will reach the goal, the PCB with SI bus simulation should be ready by the end of November .

    To Donate

    More Info

  • Today 15 Sept 2020 our Speak at OpenPOWER Summit NA

    Roberto Innocenti09/15/2020 at 10:22 0 comments

    Today 15th September at OpenPOWER Summit NA, there will be many interesting speaks and projects, our speak will be at 5:35pm ( Europe/Rome Time Zone).

    Around 6 years back, we started as a group of FOSS, PowerPC and Open Hardware enthusiasts, with beginning to work on PowerPC Notebook project which was designed around GNU/Linux using Open Hardware. We had very limited funding with limited skills to work. But our enthusiasm and motivation led us to reach fabrication stage for the motherboard. Finally this year we could successfully design its PCB with the help of collaborators and limited funding from donors. There were many challenges faced in this process. Since PowerPC processors have been around for more than 2 decades, but the current implementation on Notebook was difficult to take in the market. Coming to the performance in Big Endian mode is maximized in this with many software need to be patched. In future we plan to upgrade our PCB design to the more recent packaging technology for the processor. Also, with increasing collaborators, it would be possible to design more smaller and cheaper PowerPC board.

  • Electrical Schematic v0.5 published

    Roberto Innocenti07/19/2020 at 12:49 0 comments

    In the last PCB update post we mentioned that a new version V. 0.5 ( June 2020) of the electrical schematics is in the works. After a few rounds of internal reviews, that new version is now finally ready to be publicly shared.

    https://gitlab.com/power-progress-community/oshw-powerpc-notebook/powerpc-laptop-mobo

    Thanks to the project’s supporters  (here a list of donors) we reached 76% of the goal of the current step.render powerpc notebook

    Donation Campaign for PCB design of the PowerPC Notebook motherboard

    1. €14,761.16 donated of €19,000.00 goal Donate

  • PCB Ready by September 2020 – more time for donations

    Roberto Innocenti06/29/2020 at 21:40 0 comments

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    The progress of donations is going well and we reached 71% of the goal.

    A big thanks to all donors!

    New Version of Electrical Schematics

    We just received a new version of the schematics (v0.5) that raise the power consumption footprint up to 90W in order to support higher end MXM 3 video cards that may reach a maximum of 55W under heavy load. As an example, the AMD Radeon E9174 (GCN 4.0) has a TDP of 50W.

    Electrical Schematic version 0.5 June 2020

    We will publish in our repository this new version of the schematics ( pdf format and Orcad source) as soon as we finish an internal round of checks in close collaboration with ACube Systems, as we would like to ensure that it can be considered finalized.

    PCB Design Timeline

    In the next few days the engineer taking care of the motherboard design will concentrate on the PCB, as the Electrical Schematics are now stable enough.

    Thanks to the donations already received, the work on the  PCB design ( done with Mentor pads ) can move forward and we estimate it could be completed by September 2020. The timing is somehow unfortunate, as August in Italy is a month where anybody is on holiday, nevertheless, we will do our best to avoid interruptions.The date of publication of the PCB design will depend on the results of the internal review process once we receive it, hopefully it will not take long. The design of the PCB fit inside the Slimbook Eclipse body.

    Slimbook Eclipse Notebook
    Slimbook Eclipse body

    We will export the Orca electrical schematic design even to EDIF format, to make easier for new volunteers to convert it to Kicad Format. To convert from EDIF to Kicad we have found edif2kicad tools  https://github.com/svn2github/edif2kicad but we are sure you will find other tools or even you will be able to create a new one

    In case you are able to convert our PCB Mentor Pads design to Kicad you are welcome to do it. If you have any issue when doing so, contact us and we will be happy to provide some help.

    More time for Donations

    After an internal discussion, we decided to postpone the deadline of the current Donation Campaign (Phase 1A) to the 30th of July 2020

    The plan is to deliver the PCB design with the end of Phase 1A, and right after that start Phase 1B “Fast SI bus simulations” on the 1st of August with a goal of €5000 (around $5600). As a consequence, there will be no interruption in the donation campaign, it will transparently fade from Phase 1A to Phase 1B seamlessly.

    We kindly ask all followers, friends, and donors to concentrate their donations before the 30th July 2020, to ensure the end of Phase 1A without further delays.

    We also kindly invite any of you that is capable of technically reviewing the hardware schematics to contact us, as that will help speed up the design process, as well as improving the overall quality of the final motherboard.

    You can now donate from any country thanks to Stripe Payment Gateway

    Potential donors from Countries such as Lebanon and China were unable or had serious difficulties to donate via Bank transfer and PayPal. The issue is now solved thanks to the addition of Stripe Gateway among the payment methods, they applied for us a discounted rate being a  non-profit organization and they charge a commission on each donation of 1,2%+0,25€ inside the EU, and  2,9%+0,25€ outside the EU.

    Donation Campaign for PCB design of the PowerPC Notebook motherboard

  • May 2020 Updates

    Roberto Innocenti05/25/2020 at 20:59 0 comments

    In the last log we mentioned that a new version of the electrical schematics is in the works. After a few rounds of internal reviews and changes, that new version is now finally ready to be publicly shared.

    We publish a PDF version of the schematics exported from the ORCAD software that is being used by the designer. You may navigate through the document and investigate each component, but unluckily, due to the complexity of the document some PDF viewer may be unable to correctly visualize its content, if that happens just change the viewer you are using.

    After receiving these new schematics, we already requested a new round of changes to the designer, in particular we would like to raise the motherboard power consumption footprint up to 90W in order to support higher ends  MXM 3 video cards that consume a maximum of 55W. As an example, the AMD Radeon E9174 (GCN 4.0) has a TDP of 50W. The idea is to obtain a new version of electrical schematics before the end of May. 

    If you think a TPD of 90W is too much for a laptop, I can tell you that while I am typing this post on my laptop (a DELL XPS 15 9570, released in 2018) I have attached a power meter to the power brick and the power consumption bounces between 40W and 90W (dunno why is going up and down, I have only a browser turned on). I have also tried playing some 3D games on my DELL laptop, and the power consumption reaches picks of 110W, and sometimes even higher, up to the limit of the power brick, which is 130W.

    The current version of the  motherboard, as you can see in the electrical schematics at pages 3 and 4 of the PDF, there are two SO-DIMM DDR3L slots that can host DDR3L non-ECC (max 1866 MT/s, PC3-14900). We opted for non-ECC modules as they are way easier to find on the market and are less expensive than ECC ones, so it will be easy to have 32GB of RAM (2x16GB), up to a limit of 64GB of RAM, if you can find 32GB SO-DIMM modules.

    Thanks to the project’s supporters  (here a list of donors) and in spite of the current difficult times due to the coronavirus impact on everyone’s life, we reached 60% of the goal of the current step, making us confident that it will be possible to obtain the PCB design in a reasonable time frame.

    Still, we still have to raise the remaining 40% (€7600 / $8400) to reach the current goal and we kindly ask any of you to continue supporting the donation campaign.

    We also invite anyone that is capable of helping us in the technical review of the hardware schematics to contact us, as that would help us to speed up the design process as well as improve the overall quality of the final motherboard. 

    We finally would like to stress that the PowerProgressCommunity association behind this project has the long-term goal to lower the existing barriers for accessing and sharing technological knowledge. Being able to freely share a laptop motherboard schematics will dramatically improve the current situation where access to these kinds of data is difficult for who is working in the field, let’s imagine how difficult it is for who is just approaching the topic like students and hobbyists. In addition, by stressing on alternative, non-mainstream technologies, will help spread a culture of diversity, so much important in a flattening world where younger generations don’t even imagine that a different architecture from x86 or ARM exists.

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    Working on U-Boot

    Our NXP T2080RDB devkit boots with AMD RadeonHD video cards using GNU/Linux PPC distros. So far we have successfully tested Debian 10, OpenSuse, VoidLinux, and Fienix. However, due to a lack of involved people expert on U-Boot, we are still lacking support for video output during the boot process, just before the linux kernel kicks in. Very recently, a couple of supporters experts in this field contacted us and joined the group. Thanks to their help, we are confident to solve the current situation, and even update U-Boot from the latest sources...

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  • Extended time of PCB Donation Campaign and motherboard design update

    Roberto Innocenti04/08/2020 at 21:55 0 comments

    We are near the 50% of the goal of the PCB Donation campaign, and we thank each of you that allowed reaching what many thought was impossible, “the key to what you do is in the heart of what you believe” (cit. by Mario Luis Rodriguez Cobos)

    Like anybody else, most the volunteers, collaborators and donors involved in our project, we all have some very negative impact from the covid-19 that lead to a massive slow down of the donation rate.

    Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

    On the other hand, many people are taking the opportunity of being in a lockdown at their homes to spend more time with their families, with their hobbies and to develop their aspirations. For many, it meant to spend more time thinking, developing and using Open Source Software, thanks to the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, customize and improve their software. For others, it meant to have more time for developing Open-Source Hardware, Open Source Design of the mechanical aspects, and other important social, cultural, scientific activities, and eventually, to give them back for free to the community.

    However, the financial impact of the situation meant to have less cash in our disposal, others are the current priorities in our lives.

    After some internal discussions, we decided to postpone the deadline of the Donation Campaign to the 30th of June 2020, hoping that we all will be back soon on track, and meanwhile we will try to do our best to keep the project going.

    Next round of the updated Block Diagram and Electrical Schematics

    Since January, we have transferred to ACube Systems 8500 euros (roughly 9200 USD), so the design is in progress for a while now. 

    We have recently received from the engineers a newer revision of the Electrical Schematics that takes into account the recent developments, and it is currently under evaluation prior to its publication, most probably in a week or so.

    Among a series of minor revisions, we have upgraded the Pericom PCIe Packet Switch from the previous model PI7C9X2G608GP to the more powerful PI7C9X2G612GP that offer 12 lanes instead of 8 lanes. This switch connects the  motherboard to the Eclipse Expansion I/o Board via a PCIe, and allows to drive the Ethernet port based on the Realtek RTL8111F chip, the SD-card reader based on the Realtek RTS571x and to connect two USB3 ports. 

    The new revision of the schematics also brings an additional USB 2.0 Hub managed by the MicroChip USB2514 that will be connected to one of the T2080 USB 2.0 ports. To this USB Hub, we will connect the SK5126 Keyboard matrix and with an SD card reader controlled by the Realtek RTS571x of the Eclipse Expansion I/O Board and with the M2 WLAN and M2 LTE.

    The Microchip Ethernet Transceive KSZ9031 is still present from the previous revision, and it is connected via the RGMII0 port of the T2080 using an 8 pins header.

    A MicroSD port will be connected directly to the T2080 eSDHC controller interface.

    Below the new updated Block Diagram.

    April 2020 Block Diagram of the Open Hardware PowerPC Notebook Motherboard

    Overall, the above mentioned changes allow to decrease the number of components in the motherboard, will reduce the production costs, as well as will reduce the debug time.

    Unreal Engine PowerPC64 Building progress

    Recently, new collaborators joined the ongoing activities and are helping the laptop project and other side activities in our association. As an example, thanks to these recent collaborations we have progressed in the compilation of the Unreal Engine on PowerPC 64 Big Endian, a great piece of software we are working on in order to have it running on our notebook.

    Piece of script with download and build of clang

    The first step is to get a clang toolchain needed by the Engine builder script. Just because a PowerPC toolchain is not available from Epic repository we have to build by ourself.

    The main script that do all the job is build_linux_toolchain.sh located...

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  • Progress on PCB Design and on Software

    Roberto Innocenti03/14/2020 at 16:19 0 comments

    Updates on Schematics transposed in the PCB design

    In February the designer analyzed the Pericom PI7C9X2G608GP PCIe Packet Switch with the direct support of Pericom staff. Now, the Pericom PCIe Packet Switch is fully tested and all the needed setup is completed, so the designer has completed the inclusion of  all required information in the updated version of the schematics and is starting to unravel the PCB. 

    The designer has updated SerDes connections following our suggestions taking into account the notes we have provided, so a new version of the schematics is expected soon.

    Arctic-Fox 27.10.1 PPC64 in our Repo

    The main contributor to Arctic-Fox – Riccardo Mottola – association member of our Power Progress Community – have released the new version 27.10.1+b0 that we have compiled and packaged in our Debian PPC64 repo. Riccardo says: “Session Store, code greatly improved compared to past releases, performance improvements in both the html engine as well as a new build system imported from Firefox. This release is definitely a great improvement compared to 27.9.19 right at start”

    Arctic-Fox 27.10.1 PPC64 running on our T2080-RDB, that has the same processor as our future notebook.

    Moved our repo to our Power Progress Community GitLab group.

    We have created a Gitlab group called Power Progress Community, and we moved all our gitlab repositories under https://gitlab.com/power-progress-community. What is important to know is that all URLs have changed and any cloned repository must be rebased. If you have cloned our repositories you should update git remote origin.

    Working on Unreal Engine for PowerPC64 Big Endian

    We are working on a port of UnrealEngine (UE) to PowerPC 64 Big Endian. We started by forking the PowerPC64 Little Endian (PPC64le) version and we are currently trying to compile the sources. The original PPC64le port for UE 4.23 was developed by Elvis Dowson and Raptor Engineering and can be found at https://github.com/edowson/UnrealEngine/tree/4.23-ppc64le. Access to the UE4 sources requires accepting the Epic Games EULA as described in https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/ue4-on-github.

    We have  modified the original scripts to compile for PPC64 Big Endian but so far we still have to solve multiple errors leading before being able to generate a working binary. You can find our fork and ppc64 branch here https://github.com/robyinno/UnrealEngine/tree/4.23-ppc64 ( to access it you need to accept Epic Games EULA). We are building the source using both a Power9 virtual machine provided by Open OSU and OpenPower Foundation, as well as on our NXP T2080-RDB development kit using Debian PPC64 SID unstable. If you want to help us on fixing the compilation errors, you can start from our UnrealEnginePPC64 Wiki, please contact us.

    A screenshot of the ongoing compilation of Unreal Engine on our NXP T2080-RDB

  • PCB design updates and updated components list

    Roberto Innocenti02/12/2020 at 22:51 0 comments

    As we stated in a previous log, we have already contracted ACube Systems and the PCB design work has started. This post is a first report about the work in progress in relation to the PCB design.

    These days, the designer is analyzing the Pericom Switch with the direct support of Pericom personnel.

    The Pericom PI7C9X2G608GP is a PCIE Gen 2 Switch that provides one upstream port supporting x4 or x1, and 4 or 5 downstream ports that support x1 operation. This chip has a Power Dissipation of 1.2 W.

    In our mobo the PI7C9X2G608GP is essential as it allows to connect one 4x PCIe 2.0 controller of the NXP T2080 CPU with four 1x PCIe chips/cards: M.2 3G/LTE card , M.2 WiFi card, 1x Renesas USB3 Controller and 1x C-Media Audio chipset.

    The NXP T2080 CPU has four PCI Express controllers (two of them supporting PCIe 2.0 with maximum lane width off x8 and the other two supporting PCIe 3.0 with maximum lane width of x4).

    The NXP T2080 processor allows Resource Partitioning and has a Datapath Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) with many capabilities, few of them listed below:

    • SEC 5.2 full protocol processing for security protocols 
    • DEC 1.0 Decompression and Compression Engine
    • PME 2.1 Pattern Matching Engine

    Slides with more information on NXP T2080 Processor

    Open to multi OS

    The selection of our mobo components was performed having in mind to support a large number of Free Software OSs and even Amiga-like OSs.

    ACube Systems is in close contact with the amiga community regarding the support of Amiga-like OSs. In addition, ACube is working on the  audio driver for our C-Media Audio Chip to support amiga-like OSs.

    Components list and Pin Out

    Below, you can see an updated components list of our motherboard schematics, which is an improved version of the older components list.

    In version 0.2 of our electrical schematics,  the pinout of the Slimbook Eclipse Notebook has been integrated as can be shown in the gallery.

    Components in our Schematics version 0.2

    • CPU: NXP T2080: Datasheet ( login needed )
    • Sata3 Controller: Marvell  88SE9235
    • USB3 Controller: Renesas μPD720201 Datasheet  (login required from 2020) 
    • PCIE Pericom Switch: Diodes Pericom PI7C9X2G608GP (6-port, 8-lane, PCIe2 Packet Switch with GreenPacket Technology) – Schematics Page 24
    • Audio Chip: C- Media CM8828 and CM9882A – Schematics Page 31
    • CPLD WRAPPER AND IO EXPANDER – Schematics Page 14
    • HDMI Transmitter: ON Semiconductor CM2020-01TR datasheet
    • Power Convertor: LTM8064EY#PBF datasheet
    • Smart Battery Charger Controller: LTC 4100 datasheet
    • Gigabit Ethernet Transceiver with RGMII Support: Microchip KSZ9031RNX datasheet
    • MXM3.0 Compatible Connector: JAE MM70-314-310B1-2-R300  datasheet

    Others:

    • Clock Generator: IDT 9FGV0641 datasheet – Schematic page 34
    • Frequency Synthesizer : DT9FGV0641 datasheet
    • 100V UV/OV and Reverse Protection Controller with Bidirectional Circuit Breaker: LTC4368 datasheet – Schematic page 40

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  • PCB Design Started! Carpe Diem! 83 days left

    Roberto Innocenti02/07/2020 at 09:32 0 comments

    Four months have passed since we started our donation campaign aimed at the PCB design and we are now at around €6500 (27%) of the goal €24000 for the entire phase 1 of the design, and we must admit that the rate of donations is slower than what we had hoped for.

    Phase 1 is subdivided in two subtasks:

    • 1A) PCB Project € 19000
    • 1B) Fast SI bus simulations €5000

    In other words, we reached an encouraging 34% of what is required for subtask 1A.

    As we really want to speed up as much as possible the activity, we decided to formally split phase 1, and not to wait to reach €24000 to start the design of the PCB.

    To do so, we signed a contract with ACube Systems (company we rely on for the design) just for subtask 1A. Doing so gives the chance to start right now the PCB design. At the time of signing the contract, we paid €6000, the amount required by the designer to start working.

    Slimbook Eclipse Notebook

    One of the reasons forcing us to speed up the planned activities, is linked to the availability of the Slimbook model “Eclipse” that will not last forever, very much like any other commercially available products such as the electronic components we selected during the electrical schematics design phase. In fact, the electrical schematics are customized for the pinouts of that specific Slimbook model, and the PCB design will be specifically shaped to fit in the Slimbook Eclipse chassis. Because of these constraints, we have to finish the PCB design (phase 1A), the fast SI bus simulations (phase 1B) and the prototypes (phase 2) around this summer.

    We fixed the end of April 2020 as the time-limit for phase 1A, so we have 3 months left to raise the remaining €12500. As you may well understand this goal is quite ambitious, but it is necessary if we don’t want to risk to fail.

    For the above reasons, we kindly ask all people wanting the PowerPC laptop project to succeed, to do an extra effort to help us increase the rate of donations right now

    As the entire project will adhere to the Open Hardware principles, we do not foresee any company donating to the project, as they will not get an exclusive competitive product out of it. Therefore, the only solution we foresee to speed up the donation rate, is to increase the number of people donating to the project.

    Please, please, help us to spread the word about the project, and help us to convince more and more people to donate to it.

    Alternatively, if you are aware, or better, you are involved in some sort of publicly funded research project meant to finance activities that benefit to the masses, help us establishing a link to get some funds.

    A few hints on how you can spread the word about the project:

    1. publish comments in your blogs, websites, social profiles, or forums talking about the project, reporting one or more of these key elements: 
    • Our project have already started the design of the motherboard PCB.
    • Power Progress Community aims at completing its open source hardware notebook during this summer and needs donations now.
    • Power Progress Community, the user-based and not-for-profit association promoting the project, releases all of its design documents compliant to the Open Source Hardware (OSH) principles.
    • The electrical schematics that came out of the first campaign are already available at https://gitlab.com/oshw-powerpc-notebook/powerpc-laptop-mobo
    1. post a comment in tech or ethical blogs or forums asking people to give  the project a chance, based on these facts:
    • Our project promotes technology diversity (different from x86 and ARM) through its Open Source Hardware laptop.
    • Free yourself from spyware and backdoors helping our Open Hardware Notebook Project.
    • Anyone will be able to freely customize any aspect of the laptop (shape, components), for example making a stripped-down version similar to a single-board computer.
    • Being completely open, the project will deliver useful material for students, that will be able...
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kwapiszon wrote 10/21/2020 at 09:13 point

how long this device work? for example I can decrease cpu to 40Mhz and working time increase to week on one charging battery?

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