[Community] Status GTA04A5

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Wed Jul 17 21:15:54 CEST 2013


Am 17.07.2013 um 19:12 schrieb Robert 'Bobby' Zenz:

> Hello Nikolaus.
> Thanks for the update.
> Do you have any figures you can share with us regarding the
> price/amount ratio? Something like "100 buyers and we get it for €
> 350,- each", or at least a rough estimation?

A rough estimate for GTA04A5 boards:

1 buyer: 3000 EUR
10 buyers: 1500 EUR
100 buyers: 590 EUR
1000 buyers: 490 EUR (here it would include a better CPU, e.g. OMAP4)
10k buyers: 390 EUR (here it would include a new plastic case)
100k buyers: 290 EUR
1 Mio buyers: 240 EUR
10 Mio buyers: 199 EUR

Yes, it is more or less logarithmic (except at numbers < 100 and > 1 Mio).

To get an impression about component cost you can look up e.g.
DM3730CBP100, w2cbw003, w2sg0084, at http://www.octopart.com

Hope this helps.


> Best Regards,
> Bobby
> On Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:44:37 +0200
> "Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller" <hns at goldelico.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I think it is again time to discuss the status of the GTA04A5 boards.
>> Schematics are done, Layout almost finished. And yesterday I talked
>> to the production company and they would have capacity.
>> One minor issue is that we don't exactly know which components
>> have become obsolete and need to be replaced (which may touch
>> the layout again if they are not a drop-in pin-compatible
>> replacement).
>> But all these technical things are easy to solve if some energy is
>> invested.
>> We currently have these figures of entries on the wishlist:
>> 9	GTA04 Motherboards
>> 9	Letux 2804 (i.e. built into GTA02 case)
>> 3	Letux 7004
>> This makes 21 boards which is still far from becoming economically
>> feasible, especially since some of the 21 wishes have quite
>> challenging price expectations (e.g. 160 EUR for a Letux 7004 or 200
>> EUR for a GTA04 board). This indicates valid wishes, but is also an
>> indicator that they will not buy if we produce and offer at real
>> production cost. And nobody would sponsor something.
>> This all is understandable since commercial devices and failed
>> projects like Vivaldi/Spark have set the bar of expectations to a
>> level that is not achievable by our project.
>> I see it now like the olympic games of phone&computer integration
>> which did run for approx. 10 years and did end in 2012.
>> Samsung/Android have won the Gold medal, Apple/iOS the silver medal.
>> And for the community projects it was nice to have participated - but
>> no medal.
>> So the tournament is over. IMHO, Linux has reached the "palmtop". 
>> Pushing for getting Linux on non-linux devices and Linux capable
>> hardware to the masses (like Openmoko did pioneer) is no longer
>> required, because it is done. And sponsors are not spending money any
>> more, because there is no need to push Linux any more.
>> What happens between Olympic games? Training for the next game.
>> So other topics are on the horizon: security, energy efficiency,
>> useability, operating system improvements, ...
>> Back to the GTA04A5 hardware plans, we all have to wait for more
>> wishes (from people accepting a price premium for freedom) to be
>> registered.
>> And wait for new ideas growing from this community. The GTA04 hardware
>> could still help better than any other platform because it has become
>> quite mature, is flexible, well documented and well understood, i.e.
>> creative people can focus on inventing new things and find people who
>> know the GTA04 details.
>> I am curious about the new ideas to appear in this community...
>> BR,
>> Nikolaus
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