laforge at openmoko.org
Wed Mar 14 16:43:26 CET 2007
On Tue, Mar 13, 2007 at 06:35:36PM +0100, Imre Kaloz wrote:
> Hello Sean,
> > 1) We can't find a WiFi Chipset with GPL'ed drivers -- We know
> > this has been discussed (to death) on this list, but as we're
> > beginning work on the next summer hardware refresh we still can't seem
> > to find a vendor that meets our strict requirements: Namely, we refuse
> > to put anything binary in the kernel.
> > Marvell has some nice for larger devices (the 8388). But we need
> > one specifically for mobile phones (like the 8686). If somebody
> > can help us find the right vendor, we'll give you a free Neo1973.
> > If you're a vendor and want to work with us to GPL your driver, we'll
> > give you lots of business -- and a free phone ;-)
> Atheros AR6K - check http://atheros.com/pt/AR6001Bulletins.htm , and for
> the fully GPL'ed driver and SDIO stack please check
This really sounds like a viable chipset.
I have had a look at the SDIO stack before, but did not realize (and
thus not look at) the accompanied ar6k driver.
However, I really trust Imre as probably one of the most competent folks
in this area, both from the GPL licensing and from the WiFi side.
Imre: Have you looked at the code? Are there any hidden proprietary
bits anywhere? Do you actually have any first-hand usage experience
with ar6k and/or the drivers?
Now if that chipset and driver are really suitable, we still need to
find somebody who produces something like a FPC or SMT module that we
can easily add to our existing design (and the designs we have in the
Sean: Can you please [have somebody at FIC] contact atheros if they have
any partner that offers SMT module or other really easily integratable
modules using their ar6k chip?
- Harald Welte <laforge at openmoko.org> http://openmoko.org/
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