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Efika MX shoutout

I’d like to say thanks to the people at Genesi. I was a lucky recipient of one of the many EFIKA MX Smartbooks they gave away at the Linaro November LDS. It’s a nice little ARM-based smartbook with a 10″ screen, decent processing power, decent storage, and a quite good keyboard. My day-to-day machine is a hefty IBM R500 Thinkpad and compared to that the EFIKA is a breath of fresh air.

The CPU is a 800 MHz Freescale i.MX515. The Cortex-A8 core inside has roughly the same performance per MHz as an Atom and about twice what you’d see in a ARM9 and, as it has decent memory bandwidth unlike earlier ARMs, it can much better drive and fill the 1024×600 screen. The internal NAND storage is quite quick (much faster than any SD card I’ve seen). The software stack needs a bit of work as they’re taking the pure approach so things like graphics acceleration, video decoding, and faultless suspend need improving.

Something I find very interesting about this machine and similar ones like the Toshiba AC100 or anything Ingenic based is you stand a chance of controlling every part of your device from bootloader to UI meaning that you really own it, not just use it by someone else’s permission.

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