OpenMoko

I may be behind the times with this, but have any of
you looked at the OpenMoko project? It’s an open
source cell phone software stack. They’re not
consumer ready yet, but the Neo1973 was recently put
up for sale as developer hardware. There could be
real potential for the phone as a GNURadio platform,
and we could use some of their code as well.

John B.

Hardware overview -
http://www.openmoko.com/products-neo-base-03-hardware.html
Software overview -
http://www.openmoko.com/products-neo-base-04-software.html
OpenMoko FAQ - http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/FAQ


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I noticed the excitement yesterday, then found this tidbit at the bottom
of their software page:

“(*) GPS position calculation and, also for regulatory reasons, firmware
contained in peripheral chips are the only exceptions. Those components
communicate with the rest of the system through openly specified
interfaces, e.g., NMEA, GSM 07.05, etc.”

Which leads me to believe you won’t be able to do much SDR with the
phone. Plus, I would be willing to bet they do everything in hardware (I
would, if I was building a consumer device).

-Roshan

The radio portion of the phone is not an open source SDR solution. The
open source part of the phone is for the user interface/PDA type
functions.

Basically, this is a GSM phone that allows you to create your own
mobile applications.

I saw a talk by Sean at FOSDEM last February. He has some very high
hopes that people take the Neo and develop some truly inovative mobile
applications for the phone.

Philip

On 7/10/07, Roshan B. [email protected] wrote:

would, if I was building a consumer device).
Correct. Hardware information can be found here:
http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Category:Neo1973_Hardware#GSM.2FGPRS

It all seems to be tied up in NDA.

Brian

On 7/10/07, John B. [email protected] wrote:

I may be behind the times with this, but have any of
you looked at the OpenMoko project? It’s an open
source cell phone software stack. They’re not
consumer ready yet, but the Neo1973 was recently put
up for sale as developer hardware. There could be
real potential for the phone as a GNURadio platform,
and we could use some of their code as well.

In the category of truly disturbing intersections of things I am
interested in …

Koen Kooi has worked on the OpenEmbedded bitbake file I started and
has cleaned it up quite a bit. The gnuradio.bb file is now available
as part of the OpenEmbedded meta data.

His first test hardware was the Neo1973. He has run the dial tone
example.

This does not mean actually trying to do SDR on the Neo1973 is a good
idea :slight_smile:

We are going to try testing on the Efika next week.

Philip