Great ;) Re: Storage + Re: The actual release date of NEO1973

Robert Michel openmoko at
Mon Feb 12 19:38:36 CET 2007

Salve Harald!

Harald Welte schrieb am Sonntag, den 11. Februar 2007 um 22:21h:
> On Mon, Feb 05, 2007 at 04:05:03PM +0100, Sven Neuhaus wrote:
> > Any news on this? I'm not holding by breath for 4GB, but has 2GB been confirmed?
> Sandisk 2GB SDSDQU-2048-E10M works just fine.

Thank you for this good news :)

I don't want be unfair by talking about more memory,
I'm just intersted in the spezification of the Neo1973
- knowing about limitation of v1 does not mean that it
limited the real big step OpenMoko/Neo1973 as first
free GSM phone will bring into the live - it doesn't
matter if we can use 2 or 4 GB cards - even with 
1 GB cards or even without memory cards, 
OpenMoko/Neo1973 has high potential to do things
- with more security
- more privatcy
- better
- more fun...

But BTW memory cards, SanDisk anounced today in Barcelona the first 4 GB microSDHC:
   SanDisk is now sampling the new 4GB microSDHC card to OEMs such as
   major phone manufacturers and mobile network operators (MNOs).
   Engineering samples are now available for evaluation, as mobile phone
   makers will need to upgrade the firmware in their handsets so that
   memory slots can support the new card.
   SDHC is the new designation for any SD(TM) or SD-based card that is
   larger than 2GB and adheres to the new SD 2.00 specification that is
   required for cards and hosts to support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The
   specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry
   standards board, which also defined three speed classes for speed and
   performance capabilities. These cards adhere to the SD Speed Class 2
   Rating specification which defines a minimum sustained transfer speed
   for SDHC cards.
   Retail release of the card is planned for later in 2007. OEM pricing
   has not been determined yet.

So microSD cards with 4GB or more are based on SDHC,
and the SD standards are not so open that writing 
drivers would be possible to everybody - right?
Wasn't it your meritoriousness, Harald, that the
SD driver from TomTom becomes public?

To avoid speculations and hopes, is it clear today,
that  phase-1-Neo1973s/phase-2-Neo1973s will have a
limited of microSD cards to 2GB? Or not?
Is it realy a firmware/driver only task, so that
phase-1-Neos could be upgraded to use SDHC later?

Best wishes!

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