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tonyp12 wrote: »
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Sapieha, are you still feeling side effect from stuff they put in to you at the Hospital?
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cgracey wrote: »
What we can do at this point:
A) Continue on the current trajectory.
Pare down the design, jettisoning all kids of features, like hub exec, and get back to something much smaller and maybe faster. The current FPGA implementation could be further honed and later, hopefully, made into a chip using a smaller technology.
C) Drop the current design to four cogs, which would also reduce cache sizes and hub memory down to 128KB. This would also allow us to shrink the die considerably, as we could change the I/O pin aspect ratio to allow them to fit together more densely, occupying more of what was needed for the core. This would also mean the whole chip would fit on an FPGA.
D) Retire to an opium den.
E) Other ideas?
It should be pointed out that if there had not been a panic over power envelope, we would be getting a shuttle run right about now.
potatohead wrote: »
Well, thanks I think.
Hey, have you run a business? That's not a put down, just an honest question. Secondly, have you worked with niche ones?
I have, and currently do. I often consult on product development, and some of the things I have been asked to sort out or maximize would likely surprise you.
Raw enthusiasm indeed! I'm not taking that badly, nor should I.
Know what being great at service, support and in business dealings overall is worth? Lots. Parallax has that. Always has, and people will often value doing that kind of business at a premium over a more core numbers game, and there are a considerable number of those people in the world too. Enough that I've seen it play out several times well. It's often enough to retire nicely on while feeding families who loved the work. Niches are interesting things, and the dynamics surrounding them aren't always by the book, MBA 101. They rarely are. Fact.
Back when Chip was developing the P1, and Parallax was running well on Basic Stamps and education, there he was building something. He used to try to show it off. Many didn't understand, some laughed, others wondered what the point of it all was. He's told some of that story here, and I've had him tell it to me during one of our all night hack sessions we used to have at the expo. (we really need another one when this device gets done)
When it was released, people started to give it a go. Lots of great things happened. And here we are. That thing people laughed at, which didn't add up on any of the MBA metrics as viable, worthy, etc... is now a nice business. Many of us, myself included, took one look at the block diagram and wondered what it was all about. I bought a Demo Board that day. Chip noticed people like me showing up and asked about it. Great dialog. Just know this is a labor of love and money. Not just one or the other. I could say much more, but it has to be over a beer someday Koehler. I like you and all that, despite us butting heads. Know that too. Maybe fly Heater, Ross, et al. in for a romp! (seriously, I would help pay! What a great talk that would be!)
Please don't call people fools, or imply that. In this case, it is simply untrue. I know you really don't mean that.
Here's the deal: We are going to get FPGA images and give this design a go. If it really sucks, it's gonna come out and it's gonna get fixed because Chip doesn't release crap. Neither does Parallax.
Until then, let the guy work. He's got an impressive history going back to the 8 bit era. My enthusasim is not unfounded.
And you can call me spud, if that helps.
Basically, lots and lots of 'Big Picture' experience compared to 99% of my peers.
Now you are sort of putting words into my mouth.
However, because of that, there is a definite cult of personality thats been built up, such that criticism seem to be take by some as a direct insult to Chip, Ken, Parallax, etc.
These are process failures which have cost Parallax millions of dollars, time, market, etc. Parallax seems to have been able to absorb this without failing, so in the end it may not be as fatal as it would for another company.