openmoko and gnuradio

Al Johnson openmoko at
Fri Jul 6 19:24:10 CEST 2007

On Friday 06 July 2007 18:04, Ian Stirling wrote:
> Juan Cañete wrote:
> > Hi people,
> >
> > i've just find out this amazing project, and one thing i wonder is if
> > there should be posible (or maybe openmoko is thinking already about
> > this) to design a mobile phone with the necesary hardware to run
> > gnuradio. with that kind of architecture we could access all the rf
> > spectrum so we could have a really evil machine... :P
> While in principle possible, you do realise that digital radio takes
> several to many thousand times the power that a special purpose radio
> takes?
> For example, you can get FM stereo receivers that will work off 1.8V at
> a milliamp or two.

And that's before we even get onto the legal issues. SDR with user modifiable 
software, especially on the transmit side, is a nonstarter given the 
regulation of radio devices in many (most?) jurisdictions.

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