Slimbook collaborates in the creation of a laptop with PowerPC architecture

NXP T2080

Yes, the truth is that when Slimbook gets ... it usually gives us more work, because it launches the news in packs. And it is that in addition to the hardware updates of their equipment, they also collaborate in an interesting project to bring PowerPC architecture to laptops. Exactly! Same family that the AIM (Apple-IBM-Motorola) used for the pre-x86 Macintosh. In fact, I don't know if you know the MKLinux project in which Apple collaborated, but thanks to it the Linux kernel for PPC was ported.

For that, Slimbook is collaborating with Power Progress Community. An association that seeks to create a notebook with a PPC processor using the model of the former Philips semiconductor division. It is the NXP T2080. And it is especially interesting if you consider that the ISA PPC or Power ISA has been released as open source by IBM and has put it under the Linux Foundation umbrella, following the same steps as RISC-V.

The community has made a great effort to adapt and compile the Linux kernel and the necessary packages based on the Debian project. With the NXP PPC chips, the work of the Italians from the Power Progress Community and the collaboration with Acube Systems for the manufacture of the motherboard, they have almost everything. But that only gives you the software part and much of the hardware, but they need something more ...

And this is where the Slimbook contribution that has started this 2019 comes into play. The Spanish will be in charge of delivering them something they need, the body of the laptop. That is, the entire case, the cooling system, screen, keyboard, backlighting, webcam, speakers, touchpad, battery, removable MXM graphics card, etc., taking the Slimbook Eclipse as a model.

After months of work and close collaboration exchanging electronic schematics and others, already the moment has come to manufacture. And that is why the transalpine association requests funds with a crowdfunding campaign. So if you want to do your bit, you can.

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