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From: Joshua Branson
Subject: Libre GPU/VPU/SOC updates/OFF TOPIC
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 22:19:01 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.2 (gnu/linux)

Hey Guix people!

Do you remember those libre hardware SOC EOMA68 computing devices?

It was a system-on-a-chip, that had 1 GB ram that you put in your laptop
or desktop housing.  You could then upgrade to the new SOC for $50.
That's game changing in an industry that revolves around you buying a
new laptop computer every 5 years.

Anyway, Luke is working now working a Libre GPU/SOC:

(this site is more up to date).

>From the above site:

Note: this is a hybrid CPU, VPU and GPU. It is not, as
many news articles are implying, a "dedicated exclusive GPU". The option
exists to create a stand-alone GPU product (contact us if this is a
product that you want). Our primary goal is to design a complete
all-in-one processor (System-on-a-Chip) that happens to include
libre-licensed VPU and GPU accelerated instructions as part of the
actual - main - CPU itself. This greatly simplifies driver development,
applications integration and debugging, reducing costs and time to
market in the process.

I did interview (1) Luke a few days ago, and he mentioned that they are
going to be spending $20,000 USD to make some FPGA prototypes.  I did
request that he donate one to some Guix developers.  :D The current SOC
is using IMB's Power ISA, and Luke does need some help in designing the
hardware.  NLnet is providing some funding.

Luke's mailing list is available here:

Luke's latest mailing list mentioned that NLnet does provide funding for
some of these projects, but there is a time limit.

well i urgently need people to help out.

there is a time limit on the NLnet funding.

The video is also available via the other dominant proprietary video platform...

Apologies if this is too off topic.

Joshua Branson (joshuaBPMan in #guix)
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