By April 28, 2009

A look at the Pandora


Here is a device that might just get a few folks talking. This is the Pandora, roughly the same size as the Nintendo DS and, as you can see, looks like the Nintendo DS lite. Pandora is an open end platform that will specialise in homebrew applications and games, similar to the GP2X. The Pandora developers have already shown working emulators for PlayStation, Amiga, Super NES, Atari Jaguar and Sega Mega Drive software.

Specs wise, the system looks like a bit of a beast:

  • ARM® Cortex™-A8 600Mhz+ CPU running Linux
  • 430-MHz TMS320C64x+™ DSP Core
  • PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 ES compliant 3D hardware
  • 800×480 4.3" 16.7 million colours touchscreen LCD
  • Wifi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth & High Speed USB 2.0 Host
  • Dual SDHC card slots & SVideo TV output
  • Dual Analogue and Digital gaming controls
  • 43 button QWERTY and numeric keypad
  • Around 10+ Hours battery life
  • Texas Instruments OMAP3530 System-on-Chip with Cortex-A8 at 600MHz
  • 256MB DDR-333 SDRAM
  • 512MB NAND FLASH memory
  • IVA2+ audio and video processor (based on the TMS320C64x+ DSP Core at 430MHz) using Texas Instruments’s DaVinci technology
  • ARM Cortex-A8 superscalar microprocessor core
  • PowerVR SGX 530 (110 MHz) OpenGL ES 2.0 compliant 3D hardware
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (3Mbit/s) (Class 2, +4dBm)
  • 800×480 resolution touchscreen LCD, 4.3" widescreen, 16.7 million colors (300 cd/m2 brightness, 450:1 contrast ratio)
  • Dual analog nubs; 15mm diameter, concave, 2.5mm travel from center
  • Full gamepad controls plus shoulder buttons
  • Dual SDHC card slots (currently supporting up to 32GB of storage each, supports SDIO)
  • Headphone output up to 150mW/channel into 16 ohms, 99dB SNR
  • TV output (composite and S-Video)
  • Internal microphone plus ability to connect external microphone through headset
  • 43 button QWERTY and numeric keypad
  • USB 2.0 OTG port (480Mb/s) with capability to charge the Pandora
  • USB 2.0 HOST port (480Mb/s) capable of providing standard 500mA current to attached devices
  • Externally accessible UART for hardware hacking and debugging
  • Brick prevention with integrated bootloader for safe code experimentation
  • Runs the Linux kernel (2.6.x)[
  • 4000mAH rechargeable lithium polymer battery
  • Estimated 8.5-10+ hour battery life for games, 10+ hour battery life for video and general applications, and theoretically 100+ hours for music playback (with backlight off and maximum power management)
  • Dimensions: 140x83x27mm (5.51×3.27×1.06 in)
  • Weight: ~300 g

You can find out more at the official website

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