Brand New Open Source EOMA-68 Computer Hits The Market
Whether they are laptops, tablets, phones, or micro form factors like Intel’s NUC platform, portable computers are notoriously difficult, if not even impossible to repair without replacing the defective part with an identical one. There is also little room for an upgrade or changing parts and so users are stuck with devices as they were originally intended to be by the manufacturers.
Some manufacturers dare to make modifying your own device even more difficult by taking a step further by mixing in DRM. It’s not a new problem – it has existed since the dawn of mobile computing.
It is at this juncture that the Embedded Open Modular Architecture/EOMA-68 standard comes in. It is a small, prepackaged, single board computer (SBC) whose standards conform to those set by a standard form factor and interconnect.
By backing and expanding this concept, manufacturers will be able to create card-like computers that simply slide into a wide range of form factor units like small form factor desktops, laptops, and/or even tablets. The basic idea is that what’s inside the package doesn’t matter as long as it conforms to the standard.
This implies that you can have an Intel x86 compatible CPU, ARM, or even a MIPS CPU, and as long as the standard is met, your CPU will be able to work with any Embedded Open Modular Architecture/EOMA-68 compliant housing unit – thereby allowing for a major flexibility in mobile computing which will lead to the formation of unprecedented variety and possibilities.
The first publicly available EOMA-68 compliant computer presently being crowd funded lo, the team behind it will be providing free designs and instructions that users can use via 3D printing to build custom laptop chassis. You can help fund this futuristic project and find more information here.
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