Re: A truly hackable LattePanda
Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:11 am
@Lutz, really meaningful points for LattePanda first gen product feature. And you can see some improves on Alpha edition, like supporting Lipo battery feature and Windows Pro on Delta and Alpha both. We are making some changes as you've seen. Appreciate for your top to bottom concept for this topic! I will definitely share with our product team!Lutz wrote: ↑Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:34 amNot really offtopic:
Of course, the CPU is the most important thing about a PC, but it needs more, really important and reliable things:
1st The power supply
No electronics work properly if the power supply is not really reliable. You can't save any money here. Not at the power supply, not at the connectors.
A connector for rechargeable accumulators alone is not enough. There should also be (configurable) charging electronics and (configurable) power management.
Some customers need a large rechargeable battery for independent operation.
Other customers (like me) only need a small battery to automatically shut down Windows after switching off the main power supply.
In my eyes this is an important selling point, which should be promoted and documented from the beginning.
2nd The display
I don't know how many customers want to connect a "real" monitor.
As a development engineer for small series devices, I need touch LCDs for direct installation in my machines.
These LCDs must be mechanically easy to mount and I need them from 3.5 to 15 inches, all as a capacitive touch.
Maybe you can't make as much money selling these LCDs, but for me as a customer it's very pleasant to buy CPU and touch screen together because I can be sure that both will work together.
For my applications the computing power of the "old" LattePanda is completely sufficient... but I need different and inexpensive LCDs
To offer LCDs suitable for the LattePanda (old and new types) would be sales-promoting at least for me.
3rd The software
As a hardware developer, I don't want to be bothered with software licenses.
I would like to buy a PC with a license and not have to think about operating system licenses.
... and also not about any configurations.
That this is more expensive than just the hardware is clear to me.
But I would also like to have a certain selection of operating systems.
For example "Windows10 Pro" for big tasks and "Windows IoT" (or whatever) for small machine controls.
Personally, I'm not interested in Linux or other operating systems, but for them there are certainly enough customers who would prefer an "out of the box" system.
Oh yes, the drivers...
Simply supply drivers for every function of the external pins right from the start.
So that everyone can use for example the I2C interface or the UART of the CPU (NOT the Arduino!) from C#/C++/VB.
I apologize for the long text, but in my eyes it was unfortunately necessary this time.
(Translated from German by https://www.deepl.com/ )