Another SDR UI option

Mike O'Dell mo at
Sun Sep 27 11:25:38 CDT 2009

Douglas Gentges wrote:
> Another option for a user interface would be the Zii (,  
> It's a very new platform from Creative,  based around a 
> system-on-a-module.  
> (  It runs both 
> Android, and a custom Linux-based kernel.  It looks to be quite a 
> capable system, with dual ARM cores, a dedicated DSP engine, DAC/ADC, 
> Video I/O, ethernet, usb2.0, ram/rom, etc... all on a SODIMM card
> Currently, their only shipping platform with any pricing information 
> appears to be the Egg, which is $399, so it's not cheap.  It's also a 
> consumer-ready device.
> Their hardware evaluation board 
> ( looks much 
> more interesting, but they don't have much in the way of pricing or 
> ordering information on their site.    The eval board has a 4.3 inch 
> touchscreen LCD, ethernet, HDMI, 4GB Flash, USB, ATA, SDHC slot, audio 
> in/out...
> I've e-mailed them for more info on pricing/availability, I'll let you 
> all know what I find out.
> Doug Gentges
> On Sep 26, 2009, at 2:07 PM, Terry Fox wrote:
>> I was thinking about the Sony PSP as another alternative for small SDR 
>> user interface.  It appears to have Linux ported to it.  Does it have 
>> proper I/O capabilities?  I would guess that the graphics and use 
>> input devices are adequate.  How about audio input & output?
>> There was interest a while back in porting DttSP and other SDR stuff 
>> to the PS3 as well.
>> Terry
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the newest OMAP processor from TI which is the base of all
the new smartphones has two-issue ARM A8 processor
serious DSP hardware, and interfaces for
two LDCs/OLEDs (including opengl stuff), touchscreens, keyboards, audio,
and all the high-speed I/O required to do the baseband
processing for all  the cellular air interfaces.

there are a couple of people
doing protoboards, one from the TI guys and sold through
Digikey, i believe, or one of the other big jobber houses.
and the board comes running linux.
it's also the basis for some of the Android systems

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