Conestoga is my noodlings with the ODROID-A4, Samsung's Android platform reference and development device made by Hardkernel. The A4 uses the Samsung Exynos 4210 system-on-a-chip which features dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores. The version I have runs Android 4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" (a.k.a. "ICS") on top of the Linux 3.0.15 kernel. This is my first experience with both Linux 3.0 and ICS (so far, so good). Below you can see that the A4 has the same form factor as one of the Samsung Galaxy Android phones. Conestoga is in part a port of my Contraption project (originally done for Android FroYo on the BeagleBoard) to Android ICS on the ODRIOD-A4.

In the photograph below the A4 is hooked up to a debug board that provides access to the serial console and to USB for the Android Debug Bridge. An optional I/O board sits unconnected just above it.

ODROID-A4: Bench Fixture

Here are some articles that my alter-ego, Chip Overclock, has written about Conestoga:

Presentation: Implications of Memory Consistency (or Lack of It) Models for Java, C++, and C Developers (more)

Seminar Review: Jack Ganssle, Better Firmware Faster, 2006 (more)

Article: Vaster than Empires and More Slow: The Dimensions of Scalability (more)

Article: In Praise of do-while (false) (more)

Book Review: Joel Spolsky, Best Software Writing I, Apress, 2005 (more)

Presentation: Robert Austin, Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations, Dorset House, 1996 (more)

Book Review: Joel Spolsky, Joel on Software, Apress, 2004 (more)

Presentation: James Surowiecki, The Wisdom of Crowds, Doubleday, 2004 (more)

Travelogue: China Journal: Dancing with a Sleeping Giant (more)

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