Re: can it run Crysis?
>>"Just what exactly does a printer need this much processor power for?"
Technology has just become cheap enough that the new baseline it's not worth selling below is much higher than it used to be. The equivalent of a 486 is next to nothing. So you can get something ridiculously low power which will probably cost you as much or more because it's a minority market, and then spend time tailoring your firmware. Or you can buy a peanuts embedded system, slap a pre-built GNU/Linux binary designed for it (probably by the same people who sold you the chip) and just write your software to run on GNU/Linux - for which the expertise is much more available and half your job is done for you.
/used to work on embedded systems.