New Life in Openmoko Phones
lee.grime at gmail.com
Thu May 21 01:20:37 CEST 2009
If you want any FPGA or CPLD work doing, I will do it.
Been doing this kind of stuff since fuse blown devices with Palasm. (20
Any glue logic, hardware acceleration, bus interfaces etc.
If anyone has ideas about what we could put in a low powered CPLD/FPGA,
please come forward, will have the time to do it in about a month.
On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 7:01 PM, Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at openmoko.com>wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> (sorry for the cross-posting, I thought spreading the word about
> gta02-core and new stuff from Openmoko was worth it...)
> Today Openmoko released additional pieces of documentation about
> Freerunner hardware: board outline, footprints and netlist.
> Same as all other releases before - under Creative Commons Share-Alike
> Available at:
> What is this and who is it for?
> Well, definitely not for end users, not for software developers, not
> even the typical kernel hacker.
> The release contains cryptic text files containing data points about our
> hardware - basically additional information complementing our
> PDF-formatted schematics release last year.
> The reason we released this is to support an exiting new project that
> has emerged over the last few weeks - gta02-core.
> "gta02-core is a community project to create a new hardware revision of
> the gta02 hardware"
> They chose a 100% GPL layout tool, KiCAD
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kicad), which uses only text-based files
> hence they can be checked into typical revision control systems. Since
> they are text, they are also 'scriptable', i.e. scripts can extract and
> process data from the layout files.
> Werner and Dave Ball got it rolling, and are currently working on the
> re-layout of gta02 (http://docs.openmoko.org/trac/browser/trunk/gta02-core
> The way I see gta02-core is that it opens up a path to new, fully open
> phone hardware.
> For the future of the software we are all working on right now - whether
> it's the kernel, FSO, Paroli/Ophonekit, etc., we either need to design
> new fully open hardware specifically for it, or we need to find ways to
> hack into phones that are 'closed' by default (either accidentally or on
> gta02-core focuses on the first option, and I hope will receive more
> attention from the community, and definitely from Openmoko the company.
> The path is long, even KiCAD itself may need improvements, but if a few
> more people get interested and join, we may have new fully open phone
> hardware in 6-12 months. No worries, in all this time of course the
> Freerunners will remain available (we have enough in stock and are ready
> for new production runs if necessary), and hopefully they continue to be
> an interesting development platform for mobile free software projects.
> Right now, if you want to join the revolution in open hardware
> development, read the gta02-core wiki page carefully
> (http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Gta02-core), and join the mailing list
> (slightly confusingly named gta03 :-)) at
> Then see where you can contribute - it's a wide open field with many
> possible tasks, no matter which background you are coming from.
> I'll see what I can do.
> Best Regards,
> Openmoko community mailing list
> community at lists.openmoko.org
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