Whither open hardware ? (was Re: Quick e-mail poll: Still using your Freerunner?)

Joerg Eesmann jeesmann at gmx.de
Sun Jan 3 22:14:22 CET 2010

I would love to have an open phone with OMAP processor like OpenPandora
and BeagleBoard. Both have the OMAP 3530 with 3D acceleration and DSP.
Maybe a phone doesn't need the DSP. But it is amazingly powersufficient,
IMO. The phone would be up to date from processor power, and there
should not be a resource problem so soon, I guess. BeagleBoard and
OpenPandora are both well supported in OE, so from SW-side there should
not be so much effort (in theorie, you kow...).
>From HW-side another nicy is the POP (package on package). In the
BeagleBoard they are using a variant, where the RAM and NAND (both in
one Chip) is soldered on top of the processor, so the high speed lines
to DDR-RAM are not going through the PCB (on the other of course, you
have the process of soldering...).
... just dreaming ...

On Sun, 2010-01-03 at 20:39 +0100, Laszlo KREKACS wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 3:47 PM, Werner Almesberger <werner at openmoko.org> wrote:
> > The 2442 is now about five years old, and it shows all over the
> > place. In an updated but similar design, unlike gta02-core suitable
> > for mass-production, I would use something like the 2450, which has
> > high-speed USB, 2D acceleration, and other goodies.
> There is also the openpandora project:
> http://www.open-pandora.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=2&Itemid=2〈=en
> Is it unsuitable for a phone because of power inefficiency?
> Can be the "ARM Cortex-A8 600Mhz" used in a future phone?
> Laszlo
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