Open Hardware

Lee Grime lee.grime at
Sun Jun 1 22:49:39 CEST 2008

Like i mentioned it is a question of scale, a SoC if you already have
most of the IP cores will not be hard to design. (the processor could be
the stumbling block however)

have a look here for IP that is already available

You are paying nothing for custom components.

The masks for the ASIC will be the big initial cost, but if you sell
enough silicon it becomes less of an issue.

On Sun, 2008-06-01 at 09:53 -0400, Chris Wright wrote:
> Openmoko phones are as cheap as they are because they use commodity
> hardware, I'm given to understand. If you wanted a phone with open
> hardware, you'd probably be paying thousands for all the custom
> components. Plus there's testing and certification for various parts,
> which probably is also expensive....
> It's doable, but it'd be harder by far than the OGP. And consider that
> the first card released by the OGP costs $1500, which is two or three
> times the cost of the more expensive commodity cards, while delivering
> less performance (their target is 20fps in Quake 3 at 1280x1024).
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