[gta02-core] how many gta02-core devices ?

Werner Almesberger werner at openmoko.org
Mon Apr 26 13:35:30 CEST 2010

Wolfgang Spraul wrote:
> I have one and it works, more info here:
> http://en.qi-hardware.com/wiki/Ben_NanoNote_Wi-Fi

Cool, thanks ! So in a pinch, we could use it in gta02-core.

> However, you are right in not considering the SDW-823 any further. Keystream
> was bought by Renesas, and has since been fully integrated into the company,
> with the KS-7010 being effectively discontinued.

Sigh. It's plain scary how many products get killed by mergers ...
Thanks for the warning !

> Consumer electronics are all about integration, I don't believe in modularity.

The pricing of BT and GPS SDIO cards suggests that you're not alone
with this opinion :)  What works against BT is probably the already
very low cost of BT modules. So everything that could possibly want
BT will already have it, making a BT SDIO card a rare bird.

Not sure why GPS is also priced as an exotic. Maybe because of the
antenna requirements that make the whole concept of a GPS SDIO card
rather dubious.

On the other hand, modularity seems to work quite well for storage.
E.g., according to iSuppli's tear-down analysis of the iPad [1], 16
GB on-board NAND seems to cost about as much as a uSD card with the
same capacity.

[1] http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10451132-1.html

- Werner

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