On June 13th, we had our first hardware meeting about the components selection with the hardware producer. There are still a lot of pending points but the discussion was quite positive as a first approach.
There were some agreements in terms of what technologies to use, to discard or even the ones that needed to be followed and investigated further.
We were discussing about the use of a southbrige chip, like the AMD one or some other different chips to manage USB3, USB2, SATA2/3, or even U.2
To make it clear, we are are trying to select chips that permit us to design an Open Hardware motherboard (chips having an NDA that limit less this idea). Moreover, we want components that are well supported by GNU/Linux and other OSs.
After the conversation, we agreed the next tasks to achieve which are the following:
- Review Power TDP for parts
- Review cost for parts
- Select additional parts
- Check southbridge technologies and select one from the two proposed
- Check sata3 chips
- Obtain a complete list of components