Just wanted to introduce myself and a project I'm working on. I'm building a car PC for an 04' Hyundai Tiburon. Having been a big fan of the EPIA platform for the last few years, I'm naturally using the EPIA for this project. The goals for this system are...
MP3 playback and storage
DVD playback and storage
GPS mapping and navagation
Cell Phone intergration
Web Browsing Instant Messaging via WiFi/Cellphone
Basic OBDII info onscreen (Speed,RPM,MPG,etc.)
Controls for the Air Suspension
I've got all the hardware together. Since I'm taking the LCD and touchscreen panel out of the stock Xenarc ( www.xenarc.com) housing, I need to make a custom faceplate for it that fits in the stock part of the dash. Currently I'm designing it in a 3d CAD program ( www.vx.com ) , which will then be machined from aluminum. Annodized black after that I suppose. I'm just struggling right now with making everything fit, mostly the position of the lcd and slot-load CD drive. The rest of the PC components are going inside a custom built 2din housing, bolted where the stock radio was.
So far the PC components are as follows...
Via Epia SP13000
512MP Kingston Value Ram (Might switch to 256 to save on suspend time)
Xenarc 700TSV 7" widescreen touchscreen LCD.
M1 ATX 90W Smart Automotive PowerSupply
Panasonic Slot Load DVD Rom-CD-R/W
120G WD 3.5" Hard Drive (Might change to 2.5" notebook drive or 3.5" SATA drive.)
802.11, bluetooth, Satelite Radio, FM will probably be USB, although I have a PCI riser that folds over the motherboard that might be used for a PCI TV/FM tuner.
Custom made case
Custom made LCD Bezel
I like the idea of using epiOS ( www.epios.net ) as a base, since it's based on Gentoo and takes advantage of the multimedia capabilities of the VIA CN400 North Bridge. I'm still debating on running x-windows or writing directly to the frame buffer. The latter is a lot of work, but will make the system behave more appliance like than PC like, which is important to me. In fact, I plan on stripping out the regular PC BIOS to improve booting time. I'm looking at linuxbios and the fastboot bios from VIA. I'll get the rest of the system together before I start on that. I'm also just now looking into Software Suspend from ( www.suspend2.net ), which hopefully will play nice with the features of my power supply.
I'll post more as things develop.