Atheros AR6K (was Re: Crossroads)
kaloz at openwrt.org
Wed Mar 14 17:52:37 CET 2007
On Wed, 14 Mar 2007 16:43:26 +0100, Harald Welte <laforge at openmoko.org>
>> 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.
> 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?
Yes, I've read throught the code, and I didn't find any propietary bits at
all. The reason has to be that the device has 512K flash, so the firmware
is stored there. Every file has GPL headers, except htc_internal.h, but
that's new-BSD, so it's fine. The code itself is a different question, it
has a little "BSD style infection", but doesn't seem too bad :)
I don't have first-hand usage experience with this chip yet, but judging
from different Atheros products it's probably quite solid. And honestly, I
doubt there is another (really) low-power chip around there with fully
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