Yummy new CPU/GPU combo

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) raster at openmoko.org
Sun Jun 8 14:23:29 CEST 2008

On Sun, 08 Jun 2008 13:03:59 +0800 Simon Matthews <s.matthews at karrak.id.au>

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

500k+ are the order sizes. often in multi-millions. that is what they "start"
dealing with. it's like going to cost-co who sell beer by the case and going
"but we only want 1 bottle!" (sorry - buy the case, or go somewhere else). :)

> 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
> pond.
> 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
> > 

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) <raster at openmoko.org>

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