[Community] Status GTA04A5

Ryan de Laplante (personal) ryan at ryandelaplante.com
Tue Mar 4 07:29:00 CET 2014


Thank you, Boudewijn.


On 03/03/14 05:12 PM, Boudewijn wrote:
> Hi Ryan,
> 
> Neo900 and GTA04 are related, but different products. Don't worry ;-)
> 
> I can't answer your question on the modem (I think you'll be able to use wifi, 
> bluetooth and FM since they are not integrated in the modem. Something else: 
> the GTA04 has two GPS devices, one integrated in the modem (not wired) and a 
> separate chip (that is connected to an antenna), and I also do not know how 
> that is done on the Neo900-board)
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Boudewijn
> 
> 
> On Monday 03 March 2014 16:45:07 Ryan de Laplante wrote:
>> I'm not sure that I fully understand... The neo900.org website says that
>> you have raised 71,495 € already and the original goal for development
>> costs was 25,000 €.  I will be buying one and donated a small amount to
>> register my interest in the product.  I didn't think that I needed to
>> buy and pay for one in full until you are ready to bring it to production.
>>
>> Earlier I asked about buying one without a cellular modem (wifi only). I
>> was told yes that will be an option.  Will I still be able to use
>> Bluetooth and FM radio?
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Ryan
>>
>> On 02/03/14 05:35 AM, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> well, the situation is not really encouraging, because
>>> we have so far collected 20 units.
>>>
>>> This is unfortunately much below what we need.
>>> It makes the price of a production run much higher than
>>> we all want.
>>>
>>> And, as time passes, we get more and more problems
>>> with components that go to End of Life.
>>>
>>> For example I visited the Embedded World fair and did hear
>>> that it already may become problematic soon to get the
>>> GTM601 modem modules. But without enough orders
>>> nobody is providing investment money to secure them
>>> by buying them in advance.
>>>
>>> And since there is no drop-in replacement, we would
>>> have to make a complete redesign. But that is even
>>> impossible since no other UMTS module fits under the
>>> speaker of the GTA02.
>>>
>>> So we should hurry up finding more interested people
>>> to replace their GTA02 motherboard with a GTA04A5
>>> or some improvements for the hardware  that have been
>>> proposed will never come.
>>>
>>> Some (but not all) of them will come of course in the case
>>> of a Neo900 but the Neo900 is not 100% compatible - it
>>> is partially a different device.
>>>
>>> So please let's not die the idea of a device that is maintained
>>> in hard- and software for many years - completely contrary
>>> to the industry standard. Remember, we have been ground
>>> breaking with this modular device upgrade concept (even
>>> if we can replace only the motherboard and must keep the
>>> display. So don't let the fruits go (again) to Google Ara...
>>>
>>> Have fun,
>>> Nikolaus
>>>
>>> PS: if you don't have a GTA02 to upgrade, we still have
>>> some used Neo Freerunner devices that include a voucher
>>> towards a GTA04 upgrade:
>>>
>>> http://shop.goldelico.com/wiki.php?page=Used%20Neo%20Freerunner
>>>
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