Yummy new CPU/GPU combo

Simon Matthews s.matthews at karrak.id.au
Sun Jun 8 07:03:59 CEST 2008

The big companies making these hi-tech electronic parts are probably
only interested in orders it the hundred of thousands if not millions of

There is less risk to them of intellectual property being stolen or
parts copied having a few customers buying large quantities at low
margins than lots of smaller companies buying small numbers at higher
margins and it is also less hassle. It is probably not worth the big
companies to get their lawyers to draw up the contracts for small
quantities (we all know how much lawyers cost!)

Then there are the cosy exclusive deals that only the big companies have
the power to negotiate.

I would think it has been a big advantage for Openmoko having FIC
behind it when trying to source all the specialised components.

Even then they are still a small fish in a very large and expensive

On Sat, 2008-06-07 at 19:15 -0700, Dave O'Connor wrote:

> Thanks for the response and don't take this the wrong way but it doesn't
> really answer my question. :)
> Openmoko could take these sweet spec components and do stuff with them.
> That would lead to increased sales for these component manufacturers.
> It's in their interest to make them, and hopefully therefore the specs,
> available to you. 1) Why don't they make the components available to
> anyone other than the manufacturers for phones meant for the japanese
> market, even those who wouldn't care about open specs?
> Regards
> Dave

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