witstech a81e tablet

Last week i got a witstech a81e tablet. It came installed with android 2.2. most of the documentation for it seems to be tied up in about half a dozen different forums. I really dislike forums so im not entirely happy about that but oh well. There is a project to get regular linux running on the device. http://code.google.com/p/a81linux ill have to keep tabs on how they go. my ultimate hope is to get fedora up and running with XFCE.

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
Processor	: ARMv7 Processor rev 3 (v7l)
BogoMIPS	: 798.87
Features	: swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3
CPU implementer	: 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant	: 0x1
CPU part	: 0xc08
CPU revision	: 3

Hardware	: OMAP3 EVM
Revision	: 0020
Serial		: 0000000000000000

It has 256MB ram and 256MB nand flash so ill be running fedora off of a microsd card. It has GPS bluetooth. But no camera or microphone, a tablet version of android would be useful for it since the phone stuff is just kinda weird. it has a resistive 7″ touch screen that does 800×480 pixels. the android os it ships with is very buggy. battery meter doesnt work. wifi goes wonky, with wpa_supplicant hogging cpu then causing oom kills of random things, usually the whole gui. Media playback is ok, i have yet to work out how to use hardware assisted playback. its first life is to be an entertainment device for my daughter when we travel.

creating a sdcard that i could use for flashing etc has been a fun exercise that ill document in a blog post soon. it applies to the beagleboard as well and probably some other arm boards out there.