When is the next and more powerful openmoko releasing

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at computer.org
Fri Aug 13 19:18:36 CEST 2010

Am 13.08.2010 um 12:35 schrieb Neil Brown:

> On Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:22:02 +0200
> "Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller" <hns at computer.org> wrote:
>> Am 12.08.2010 um 14:12 schrieb RANJAN:
>>> Hi,
>>> When is the next and more powerful openmoko (capable of seamless 3D video and faster processor) is going to be released???
>> Assume, you could get a motherboard upgrade board that fits into the Freerunner (or Neo1973) case. Based on the TI OMAP3 SoC (OMAP3530 or DM3730) and UMTS.
>> Let me ask two questions to everybody:
>> * How long could you be willing to wait for it to really become available?
>> * How much would you think you could afford to pay for such a board?
> Is there a serious possibility of this?

I wasn't open enough, intentionally :) Yes, there is a serious possibility.

The Openmoko Beagle Hybrid Board is a first step for those who want to be early participants of this new era.

In addition, we (a small project team in Munich, Germany) have mostly finished our homework (i.e. doing prototypes and experiments like the OM Beagle Hybrid, doing PCB layout) to be sure that it *can* be done. Really building such boards will still cost a significant amount of money (for paying components, professional PCB manufacturing and SMD soldering) and time (therefore: my question how long you would wait).

> I'm willing to wait a couple of years at least.  And the 500 Euro number that

It will definitively not take several years.

> people are throwing around seems OK.

To finance the next phase, we are thinking about asking for donations or to hold an auction for the first 5 or 10 prototype units. What would you think of such an approach?

> Would this be re-using the case, display and touch screen and replacing
> everything else?

Yes, that is the idea. More information (e.g. complete feature list) and openness (as suggested by arne anka) is to come soon. Please watch out for announcements in the next couple of weeks...


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