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 Snapdragon-based Utilite2 announced 
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Post Snapdragon-based Utilite2 announced
CompuLab is pleased to introduce Utilite2. Based on Qualcomm Snapdragon, Utilite2 is CompuLab's smallest Linux desktop to date.

http://www.compulab.co.il/utilite-computer/web/utilite2-pr-011214


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Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:14 pm
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Post Re: Snapdragon-based Utilite2 announced
igorv wrote:
CompuLab is pleased to introduce Utilite2. Based on Qualcomm Snapdragon, Utilite2 is CompuLab's smallest Linux desktop to date.

http://www.compulab.co.il/utilite-computer/web/utilite2-pr-011214


Very nice. I haven't been able to find any information about pricing?

How much will it cost?

Also, how will this affect your commitment to the current Utilite platform? There are still a large number of unresolved software issues like modern kernel support, igb stability and graphics drivers.
I have given up trying to run XBMC on the Utilite because of stability and HDMI problems, but I could still find use for my Utilite Pro as a router if I could use the second ethernet interface.
An update about the long-standing issues with the Utilite would be much appreciated.


Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:26 pm
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A very handsome and fitting progression of the Trim Slice - Utilite lineage.

Based on comparing the photos of Utilite2 to my Trim Slice and Utilite, it seems Utilite2 incorporates some of the best features of both. I welcome the return of the Trim Slice pioneered diecast aluminum case as it appears to be attractive and should provide a weighty, solid solution which won't be physically overpowered by things such as stiff HDMI cables.

Integral Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE/Smart) is cool as peripheral BLE devices of every description are now available.

Based on the specifications, this should be a winner.


Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:03 am
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Post Re: Snapdragon-based Utilite2 announced
Really nice device. Could you make a version with 4 GB RAM ?
An update about the long-standing issues with your first Utilite device would be much appreciated.

Still waiting for:
-updated linux kernel and distribution with full feature support (Ubuntu or Fedora ?)
-bug fixes for eth and graphic drivers

Did you get any feedback from Freescale about the stability issues found
regarding the vivante driver used with Ubuntu 12.04 ?

Best Regards,
Peter Bauer
http://bitkistl.blogspot.com


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Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:52 pm
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Post Re: Snapdragon-based Utilite2 announced
Please send me one to test please


Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:29 pm
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Very nice. I haven't been able to find any information about pricing?

How much will it cost?


We expect to announce pricing within the next couple of weeks.

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Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:41 pm
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Post Re: Snapdragon-based Utilite2 announced
peba wrote:
Really nice device. Could you make a version with 4 GB RAM ?

Generally the Snapdragon APQ8064 SoC and Utilite2 design support up-to 3GB DDR. In order to implement this memory capacity 8Gbit DDR chips are required. It seems that such chips do begin to emerge. It still remains to be seen whether the cost of these chips would be reasonable enough to justify the additional DRAM capacity on Utilite2.

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Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:46 pm
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Post Re: Snapdragon-based Utilite2 announced
johan wrote:

Also, how will this affect your commitment to the current Utilite platform? There are still a large number of unresolved software issues like modern kernel support, igb stability and graphics drivers.
I have given up trying to run XBMC on the Utilite because of stability and HDMI problems, but I could still find use for my Utilite Pro as a router if I could use the second ethernet interface.
An update about the long-standing issues with the Utilite would be much appreciated.

We are still committed to support the current Utilite.
Please find update on Utilite SW development status at http://compulab.co.il/utilite-computer/forum/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=2094.

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Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:26 pm
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Post Re: Snapdragon-based Utilite2 announced
peba wrote:
RAM ?
An update about the long-standing issues with your first Utilite device would be much appreciated.

Hello Peter,

Please refer to http://compulab.co.il/utilite-computer/forum/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=2094 for Utilite SW status update.

Best Regards,

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Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:31 pm
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Post Re: Snapdragon-based Utilite2 announced
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igorv wrote:
peba wrote:
Really nice device. Could you make a version with 4 GB RAM ?

Generally the Snapdragon APQ8064 SoC and Utilite2 design support up-to 3GB DDR. In order to implement this memory capacity 8Gbit DDR chips are required. It seems that such chips do begin to emerge. It still remains to be seen whether the cost of these chips would be reasonable enough to justify the additional DRAM capacity on Utilite2.


I think a Utilite2 device with 3 GB RAM could make a big difference when it comes to the overall desktop experience. Some years ago 2 GB RAM were enough for most tasks but the situation seems to have changed with current web browsers.
If you use a web browser like chromium with flash support enabled you might reach the 2 GB RAM limit with opening 5 tabs and using it for some minutes. While i am sure there could be something done on the software side to stop this wasting of RAM resources, actually no one has done it right now. Current workaround seems to be restarting the web browser.
What type of DRAM is working with the Snapdragon 600 ? Could it use both LPDDR3 and LPDDR4 ?


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