Re: Looking for contacts ...
Juergen Neumann <j.neumann <at> ergomedia.de>
2009-05-22 16:40:51 GMT
here are some more details about the open chip issue:
In brief we ( OHI aka Open Hardware Initiative aka http://open-hw.org ) are evaluating possibilities to
not just get into the design and manufacturing of open embedded devices (like router boards), but also to
try to design chips with open sourced patterns.
With what we have experienced so far, it is relatively easy to find open source minded people with enough
skills to design boards based on exsisting chips (e.g. openmoko, openpandora). But with the knowledge we
have gained so far, we can clearily see the need for open source chip designs, too, as otherwise they will to
a certain extent stay black boxes - not just towards the open source software community. And this always
means certain factitious limitations in the possibilities of their usage, of course.
Also, as we have found out, with money given by the world bank over the past years there have chip facturies
been build arround the globe (e.g. in Zansebar), which would have the potential capacities to build
chips, but sometimes are not running any production at all ...
As me and my combatants strongly believe in the economic and socio-economic power of open standards, we are
willing to gather experts to design a chip for wireless radio data transmission. The reason for picking
out this field is that we know that the frequency regualtions are changing arround the globe.
As we can tell from the great success of 802.11 in bridging the digital devide, the ablity to make use of this
white spectrum for future communication platforms is a seeking effort to take. There are already
interesting approaches like the GNU public radio, but until today there are not the radio chips we would
need for building such devices. This is where we are heading ...
I you were willing to join our group I would be more than happy. We are currently just in a presetup phase, were
we want to evaluate if we can gather a group of experts with the right mindset and skills. Phase 2 would be