RE: [uCsimm] MP3's

From: Stu (
Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 02:58:09 EDT

I disagree. I think it's a great platform. Think of how much easier it is to
develop for it - it runs Linux. Not everyone wants to write a GUI-enabled
playlist editor in assembly on a processor with two general-purpose
registers. :P

Seriously though, think of the Kiwi. The dude who's making it has already
designed a GUI ("Guwi") for it. I'm not saying you can't do anything like
that with a PIC. I'm just saying it's probably easier with something that
runs Linux, has a full-fledged C/C++/ASM compiler toolchain, LCD driver
functions, etc.

I will however agree that some people use too much muscle where something
smaller would be just fine. Example: the empeg car MP3 player. It uses a
Pentium-class CPU, when Micronas MP3 decoder chips cost $20-$25 _in
quantities of one_! Meanwhile, someone else has built a PIC-based MP3 player
that wraps around a hard drive. I'm not sure it has a display. It is
controlled through six buttons (fwd, back, prev, next, stop, play). I forget
what it's called though.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On
> Behalf Of Geoffrey Wossum
> Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2000 11:14 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [uCsimm] MP3's
> > The 16.59MHz DragonBall is several orders of magnitude too slow to play
> > mp3s. However, it is strong enough to stream the raw data to a
> Micronas MP3
> > decoder. Our good friend Richard Klingler has designed an mp3 player and
> > also released schematics.
> I am actually of the opinion that the uCsimm is too powerful for merely
> using it as Ethernet bridge for the Micronas chip. I'd use a Java TINI
> for an Ethernet bridge, or a PIC chip (obviously one of the more powerful
> ones) for IDE. Actually, I'm a huge fan of PIC chips. Hardly a day goes
> by that I don't say, "You know, you could that with a PIC."
> Although hooking the uCsimm up as an Ethernet MP3 player would be
> interesting weekend project, it's just too powerful to be squandered on
> this application.
> ---
> Geoffrey Wossum
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