Whither open hardware ?
openmoko at underhand.org
Wed Jan 6 18:27:52 CET 2010
Werner Almesberger wrote:
> There are many component choices for future phones. Things to consider
> when choosing chips include:
> - are they available (to us) ?
What's the yard stick for measuring against here? I.e. are we talking
about one-off from digikey/farnell, samples direct from the
manufacturer, or limited-run (couple of hundreds) quantities?
> - what are the integration costs ?
is this things like placement of awkward (small pitch etc.) parts,
FPC's etc., or ancillary parts such as partner chips?
> - do they work as intended ?
Is the normal route of sourcing via a factory (even for prototypes
etc.)? From a few searches it seems that getting hold of some parts
(i.e. screens / touch layers) is incredibly difficult for one-offs.
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