[Community] OpenPhoenux News

Sven Dyroff S.Dyroff at phytec.de
Thu Oct 4 12:05:44 CEST 2012

Hello Nikolaus,

I meant better GPS reception for the internal GPS antenna, exactly because 
of the general issue with the noise of the SD/MMC card interface. The 
external antenna still doesn't work for me, because I can confirm that it 
only gets 1.8V. So I cannot tell you how good or bad it is.

Does anyone currently needs SD cards with more than 32GB or more RAM or 
flash? I think we're good situated with OMAP3 so that we can afford to 
wait some time for a better chip than OMAP4.

Due to the answer of Christoph I already began to dream...  :-))

Best regards

Von:    "Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller" <hns at goldelico.com>
An:     OpenPhoenux Community <community at openphoenux.org>
Datum:  04.10.2012 11:49
Betreff:        Re: [Community] OpenPhoenux News
Gesendet von:   community-bounces at openphoenux.org

Am 04.10.2012 um 10:29 schrieb Sven Dyroff:

Hello Nikolaus, 

> Future GTA05?
> ============
> Although it is a litttle early to work on a next generation GTA,
> we already want to collect ideas. So please let us know what
> you would like to see in a completely newly developed future
> OpenPhoenux device.

a) Better GPS reception !! 

For the internal or the external antenna? The internal antenna was and is 
a little weak
and there is a general issue with noise generated by the SD/MMC card 
interface which
may reduce the S/N by approx. 10 dB.

b) Use UMTS-modems with firmware update or use a new 4G LTE capable modem 

If we can get one :)

c) If you want to use a capacitive touch (i.e. multi-touch), please keep 
on having the possibility for using the current resistive one! I 
definitvely like it! 

d) Keep on using OMAP3. OMAP4 needs much more power, easily becomes hot 
when using its power and has very much reduced livetime (See: "Power on 
hours (POH)" of this throw-away-processor, as I call it to be.) 

The OMAP3 is already good and a dual core or even quad core is rarely 
needed. But it has a limitation in RAM/NAND flash size. And can't address 
SD cards >32 GByte.

e) Spend one more GPIO to IrDA in order to be able to switch off IrDA and 
RS232 tranceiver at the same time. 

This is already planned for the GTA04A5 revision.

f) Spend 0 ohms resistors in some power paths in order to get a chance to 
find out where a gta04 needlessly drains power during suspend or poweroff 
by simply measuring.

Good idea!

g) Add a DVB-T receiver.   ;-))) 

Why not? It appears to be technically feasible since there are such 
handhelds out there...

e.g. http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_hb620t-2486.php

Since this question was raised to dream, let's dream :)

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