[Community] Status GTA04A5

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Tue Aug 27 15:56:00 CEST 2013


Am 26.08.2013 um 16:12 schrieb Georg Sassen:

> Hi,
> first of all, I'm new to this community, I have a Neo1973 somewhere in
> my attic, some other Linux phones (N900, N9, Palm Pre, Pre3, the former
> two still in daily use) and recently found about this mailing list when
> looking for the status of the openmoko project. (and I also have a
> Letux 400 minibook, more or less in the same attic as the Neo, so I
> remember goldelico ;))
> Some thoughts on the GTA04 and possible: 
> I don't think this is already applicable to miniaturized mobile phone
> hardware like the GTA04, but recently some services have been evolving
> that help you create custom ARM boards and have them built for a
> relatively low price. I know the GTA04 board is more or less ready and
> "just" has to be built, but maybe one should keep an eye on things like
> these:
> First, there is gumstix that now offers custom crowdfunded designs via
> their Gepetto tool, you "just" drop some modules on a board on a webpage
> and have them build it:
> http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/83652


> And then - from embedded projects in Augsburg, Germany - there is the
> GNUBLIN Designer, an online configurator for their embedded boards.
> Even less applicable to mobile phones, but an approach like this
> - making the board configurable to a certain extent - would lead to
>  more volume and thus a cheaper price?
> http://gnublin2.embedded-projects.net/index.php?module=designer&action=list
> Maybe if the trend continues and we will all be using 9" phones in a
> year, one could even build a GTA04 clone with the gumstix method,
> they even offer a DM3730 stick ;-)

Yes, available space is the key requirement that makes it so difficult to design a
smartphone and why such techniques are quite far away from being practical.
Another one is EMI robustness...

Nikolaus Schaller

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