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Rockbox Player - Project to design and build a Free/Open hardware audio player

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roach:
I have some experience with designing and building MP3 players. My most recent design is an ARM7-based player with external MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV/midi support via a VS1033 from VLSI...

...and then I saw RockBox.

I want to design a player that will do all the marvelous things RockBox is capable of. Themes, plugins, games, Video, Software codecs, you name it.

So I need a push in the right direction with regards to hardware. What kind of CPU does the community recommend? How much RAM? Hard-drive or Flash-based?

Take as an example the new iPods. I mean, if RockBox ports to the 5G and 6Gs, then someone, somewhere must know something about the hardware, right?

Ideas, suggestions and, most of all, information are welcome!

Mad Cow:
So you can actually make a functional MP3 player? How do you print the PCB's and write firmware for it?

saratoga:

--- Quote from: Mad Cow on September 28, 2006, 09:02:11 PM ---
So you can actually make a functional MP3 player? How do you print the PCB's and write firmware for it?

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You can have PCBs made for relatively cheap, and write your own firmware.  The housing would be the hardest part I think.


--- Quote ---I want to design a player that will do all the marvelous things RockBox is capable of. Themes, plugins, games, Video, Software codecs, you name it.
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All of this is documented in the wiki.  I recommend looking at the 68k targets first since they are most mature and have the most optimizations commited.

Mad Cow:
You can get PCB's printed? I thought that was just for huge orders from big companies. The housing wouldn't be too hard, check out the projects on http://www.benheck.com. I still think writing firmware would be the hardest, because you can't get much more than rockbox devs anyway.

For the future I would recommend a dual-core CPU, because I've read that will be the fastest way to decode video and audio without an external chip. The problem is, nobody knows how to use both cores yet.

Mad Cow:
You can get PCB's printed? I thought that was just for huge orders from big companies. The housing wouldn't be too hard, check out the projects on http://benheck.com. I still think writing firmware would be the hardest, because you can't get much more than rockbox devs anyway.

For the future I would recommend a dual-core CPU, because I've read that will be the fastest way to decode video and audio without an external chip. The problem is, nobody knows how to use both cores yet.

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