[svlug] 3G for smartphones has "monstrous patent issues"

Chris DiBona cdibona at gmail.com
Mon Apr 6 17:51:39 PDT 2009


You should look at what Koolu is doing around the hardware with
android :-) Seriously, though, I'm kind of at a loss on the whole
openmoko thing.

Chris

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 5:18 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> Chris wrote:
>
>> I thought they based their reference design on some gps unit they
>> added a radio to. It had a lot of electronics that could have been
>> combined in a modern system on chip (like the msm7k on the g-1) so
>> reworking the board could have just been too costly when compared to
>> starting anew.
>
> I'm kinda out of my depth on cell-phone ASICs, but FWIW the GSM-related
> (including GPRS) circuitry consists of a TI "Calypso"-family D751992AZHH
> ASIC, a TI TWL3014 analogue baseband chip, and a TI TRF6151 RF
> transceiver chip.
>
>> So in my mind mechanicals don't justify a wholesale, or even retail,
>> of 500$.
>
> Yeah, I honestly have no idea what's going on with that -- but, just to
> be clear, they weren't _proposing_ a price like that, just saying they
> wanted to avoid one.  The firm's only sporadically informative to
> outsiders about its doings, and I just don't follow them very closely.
> It looks like Raster does, though, so I might ask him.
>
> Anyway, I do welcome their working to make the current FreeRunner
> hardware's software build a bit better, as their immediate priority.  On
> the other hand, it sounds from the current LWN discussion as if there
> are current builds with reliable suspend/resume, which is the main thing
> it needs:  http://lwn.net/Articles/327405/#Comments
>
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