Hardware for RISC OS ports


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This page lists hardware that may be suitable for porting RISC OS to.

Do not list hardware that already has a port under way.

When listing hardware, please list the following:

  • What the device is
  • Basic specifications (what CPU and/or SoC it uses, memory, storage, display and/or display connections, networking, any other connections, and a price in both the country of origin and UK pounds)
  • Pros - what this hardware would bring to RISC OS, relative to other hardware
  • Cons - downsides to this particular hardware
  • Link(s) for further info

Think about what the hardware really will bring to the platform, or whether it's suitable for the applications that RISC OS is used in. If it's not really suitable, please don't include it. Also, please check the talk page - hardware that has been deemed unsuitable may be moved there.

Ubisurfer Netbook with WiFi and Vodafone sim (£150 from Maplin)

Arm 9/400Mhz, 1Mg ram, SD card slot, 2 x USB, Network Loudspeakers and mic, headphone sockets 800 x 480 Runs some version of Linux


This seems to me as though its a Netbook version of an A9 (in processor terms) so a port may be a doddle!! I'm not a programmer, but at this price it must be worth looking at!


No VGA output - shame

See Maplin.co.uk and search for ubisurfer



Handheld gaming console/netbook-like device


  • Texas Instruments OMAP3530 @ 600+ MHz
  • 256 MiB DDR333 SDRAM
  • 512 MiB NAND Flash
  • 800x480 4.3" resistive touchscreen, composite and S-Video display outputs
  • 802.11b/g Wifi, Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0 OTG and host, dual SDHC, stereo audio in/out
  • US$330, approximately UK£207.16 exc. VAT


  • Would provide mobile platform for RISC OS
  • Can use existing work from BeagleBoard port
  • Has built-in networking hardware


  • May be too small form factor
  • Storage could be an issue

More info

Genesi Efika MX Open Client

Freescale i.MX515-based nettop


  • Freescale i.MX515 @ 800 MHz
  • 512 MiB RAM
  • 4 GiB internal SSD
  • HDMI and VGA display outputs
  • 802.11b/g/n Wifi, Bluetooth
  • 2x USB 2.0 host, SDHC, audio jacks
  • US$249, approximately UK£156.31 exc. VAT


  • Desktop machine, fastest Cortex-A8 available
  • More on-board storage than other current solutions
  • Has VGA port for driving older monitors
  • Has built-in networking hardware


  • Would require a new port, to the i.MX515

More info

eInfochips OpenRD-client

Small desktop machine called OpenRD-client


  • Marvell Kirkwood 88F6281 @ 1.2 GHz
  • 512 MiB RAM DDR2-400
  • 512 MiB Flash
  • VGA display output upto 1280x1024@60 Hz
  • 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 7x USB 2.0 host
  • SDHC, audio jacks, serial port
  • eSATA and internal SATA
  • 2x USB 2.0 host, SDHC
  • US$249, approximately UK£156.31 or 173.76 € exc. VAT


  • A9home-like, compact machine
  • ARMv5 compatible, so existing IYONIX-compatible software runs unchanged
  • built-in video, audio, networking, storage, USB


  • Graphics chip (XGI Volari Z11) not very powerful
  • No floating point unit
  • Higher power consumption than Cortex-A8 solutions of the same performance or better
  • Would require a new port

More info

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