Subject: Re: port to iPod (mp3 player)
To: John Clark <>
From: Richard Earnshaw <>
List: netbsd-ports
Date: 11/02/2001 23:53:38
> Grant Beattie wrote:
> > anyone thought about porting to the iPod?
> >
> > details can be found here:
> >
> >
> >
> > it's based on the ARM7TDMI processor. running NetBSD on that beast
> > would be very nice indeed.
> While I wouldn't dispute your claim, where on the Apple Site is it
> mentioned the
> CPU details... the pages I saw, were pretty much consumer, buy it,
> you'll love it,
> type marketing stuff...
> And why wouldn't there by a Darwin port to the ARM in general...  I've
> thought about
> this off and on... but other requirements, like making money, don't
> permit much
> 'thinking on'...

I've seen a report from someone on an apple bulletin board (via some 
posting from slashdot) who has taken one apart.  It does appear that it is 
an ARM-based system (The mp3 chip is a PortalPlayers PP5002B apparentlyy), 
but I see nothing that suggests that it has an MMU, which would make 
porting NetBSD to it tricky at this time.