Has anyone got any experience with Pandaboard? The spec is incrediblily good. Dual core Cortex A9, 1GB SDRAM, 1GHz system clock. It is very tempting. Any comments?
Pandaboard vs Mini6410
It doesn't have a NAND-flash chip. You need to boot from slow SD-card or something like that. That's not good
I don't really mind for a slow start-up. When running xubuntu on mini6410, it takes minutes to bootup. Having bootup, the response to key-touch is also slow. Pandaboard comes with dual core context A9, it is practically a full-blown device. You can use for development or for your pleasure. Here is the test results http://www.omappedia.org/wiki/Panda_Test_Data
I know FriendlyARM should release a board based on Cortex A8 S5PV210, the mini210 this month. I don't know the specification nor the exact date it will be available...
Any links to advertising material? Here is a real dev board: http://www.armdesigner.com/KIT%20S5PV210.html using the processor you mentioned.
I have seen this board a few days ago. I think FriendlyARM's one will be a kind of clone of this one. As we don't know the specs, we can only wait until it will be sold. All the information I have comes from email@example.com. I asked the specs but the only answer I got was something like "it will be released next month" (I sent the mail in august)
Personally, I feel that booting from USB rather than internal NAND is not a bad idea. Depend on what you do and want, booting from USB give the limitless space of storage. You could put the entire ubuntu 11.04 in it, yet it still runs seamlessly because the dual Cortex A9 able to handle them. For software hacking, this is just perfect. However, if you need the final device to run from NAND, you would need to add that in by redesigning the board. i believe IT would be happy to help you. Cheers!
Took a look at the KIT S5PV210. It has only 256MB of NAND Flash. Only single core Cortex A8 comparing to dual core Cortex A9. With only 256MB, it is probably going toward the least or none NAND Flash approach as it keeps the cost down and booting/loading the kernel/rootfs/application from USB/SD card. The same principle used by PandaBoarrd.