Weekly Engineering News 32/2008

Wolfgang Spraul wolfgang at openmoko.com
Tue Aug 12 20:10:09 CEST 2008

some Openmoko engineering news about last week from Taipei  
perspective :-)

Monday: 3 people from Cinterion (former part of Siemens) came to our  
Taipei office. A while back we decided to use their GSM modules in  
upcoming products, to replace our outdated TI Calypso. We are very  
happy to work with them, and they offered even more engineering help  
and marketing opportunities. They confirmed again that the MC75i would  
be available in quantity in October.

Monday: Matt and Shawn started our independent hardware lab, Moko  
Foresight (http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/MokoForesight). Our ambitious  
goal is to have one place across products to scout, analyze and write  
proof-of-concept drivers for new open source compatible chips and  
modules. This will also important to drive hardware design outsourcing  
plans and keep our outsourcing partners 'on track' with regards to our  
openess requirements.

Tuesday: Had a great kick-off meeting with a phone hardware design  
house in Shanghai. For Openmoko it's the second outsourced design  
house after we started working with a small two people design team in  
Berlin recently. We are very excited about this new collaboration  
because over time it will allow Openmoko to work on more designs in  
parallel, and to focus on our real strength of working on the  
'openess' features. This does not mean we will reduce our internal  
hardware team or lab, in fact we will invest into more people and  
equipment to keep the outsourced design firms going in the right  

Wednesday: Released GTA01 and GTA02 schematics. Joerg and Allen worked  
for over a week to cleanup the schematics, fix typos, fonts, clarify  
NDA issues, fix technical inaccuracies, make sure the resulting PDF is  
both screen and printer and Linux friendly, etc. etc. You can find the  
results at http://downloads.openmoko.org/schematics/

Thursday: Moko Foresight published some reports written over the last  
few months, see http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/MokoForesight, from  
Gsmart MS800 over HTC Touch to iPhone 3G. Check it out...

Friday: Released long awaited Om 2008.8 software update. I think  
feelings of many of us are best summed up by Holger in his post at http://zecke.blogspot.com/2008/08/releasing-software-to-wild.html
We know there are many things that can be improved, two items stood  
out: PIN dialog not working, full qwerty keyboard and terminal  
missing. Still, it was a big milestone for us, read Holger's post for  
more details...

More next week, Best Regards,
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