[gta02-core] OT: N900

Christopher Friedt chrisfriedt at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 23:01:37 CEST 2009

Did I also mention that the Documentation for the OMAP 3530 is...

On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 11:00 PM, Christopher
Friedt<chrisfriedt at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sorry for posting off-topic, but I know that there are some people on
> this list who would probably be interested in this piece of hardware.
> I just picked up an article from /. [1] about the Nokia N900, the
> successor to the N810, which finally adds phone capabilities!
> Apparently there was a lot of speculation / anticippation about this,
> but I just heard about it today. The N900 is apparently based on the
> OMAP 3430, and still runs a full GNU / Linux stack (Maemo).
> That's really great ... but really ... I'm more interested in learning
> which 3G chip it's using, and perhaps pairing it with the OMAP 3530
> (which is available in non-mass-production quantities) for a new OM
> design. Since the N900 has a completely hackable software stack, it's
> very likely that the GSM firmware / utilities might also be available.
> The 3530 is designed to use PoP (package-on-package) SDRAM / NAND
> chips which reduce memory latency and power consumption. It also has a
> very powerful and integrated 2D/3D GPU, and video/image/audio codec. I
> believe this was discussed on the openmoko-devel mailing list at some
> point. TI very graciously provides an example and downloadable files
> for the BGA trace layout, which really helps dramatically.
> From what I see, the gta02-core project has been quite successful thus
> far. The project would be greatly simplified if it weren't for the
> unavailability of the Calypso, and the desire to have a prototype-able
> design.
> I wonder if it would be possible to re-use the FR casing and replace a
> large part of the internals with the OMAP3530 & whatever 3G chipset
> the N900 is using. I wonder if the LCD of the original FR is
> compatible with the OMAP... The schematic for this type of design
> would be drastically simpler given the PoP design & lack of Glamo /
> NOR / amp, and there would likely be a lot of free board space
> remaining (for whatever evil ends ... Camera ? ).
> Just a thought, ... but I would definitely be interested in working
> with other enthusiast on such a design.
> Chris
> [1]
> http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-rx51-n900-en.shtml

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