Open Hardware

Brandon Kruse admteamkruz at
Sun Jun 1 23:17:05 CEST 2008

I am not sure how low-level you are talking, but driver wise, you can  
expose the API given from specific manufactures over a socket (like  
capi I believe)

I guess some could be opened sourced, but when it comes to TI and the  
gsm radio, I dont see anyone that would allow for that. Again, it  
depends on the level of access. If you mean firmware design, I bet its  
all licensing issues.

Please, Correct me if I'm wrong.

That is just how I understand it ;)

Brandon Kruse

On Jun 1, 2008, at 8:53 AM, "Chris Wright" <dhasenan at> 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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