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|Speaks standard protocols with proprietary extensions. Most of the proprietary extensions are present also in some BenQ and/or Enfora Enabler modems which have open documentation available on internet. See also [[GTA01 gsm modem]]. No further documentation available?
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|Speaks standard protocols with proprietary extensions. Most of the proprietary extensions are present also in some BenQ and/or Enfora Enabler modems which have open documentation available on internet. See also [[GTA01 gsm modem]]. The NDAd documentation for the calypso, [http://cryptome.org/ti-calypso1.pdf register definition ] and [http://cryptome.org/ti-calypso2.pdf hardware definition ] was leaked onto a public forum on the 4th of March by persons or persons unknown.
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The legality of reading these files may vary according to your local laws, as may generating code from them.
 
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|Documentation will be released in the future according to http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2007-September/010175.html . Speaks OpenGL ES 1.2 according to vendor homepage.
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|Documentation is only available under NDA. It has in the past been hoped that this would be rewritten in a form which would make it available to the community. This will not now happen, (according to Raster on IRC - a core graphics developer) due to funding and time constraints.
 
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Revision as of 19:37, 20 May 2008



Many people are more interested in getting a completely (and openly) documented hardware platform than in getting one with "just" all drivers under GPL. Why is this so? Just imagine an open source kernel which is released under a copyleft license which is incompatible to the GPL (like the OpenSolaris kernel). These poor developers would have to reverse engineer a so called "open platform" as they cannot use the available drivers and header files. If you are a GPL-is-the-only-true-license guy/girl: Don't be offended by this, it's simply about choice. :)

This page tries to give you an overview how open the GTA02 hardware is documented and where to get the documentation. Your help is needed! If you know anything which is missing just add it, if possible with a reference where the info is coming from.

Component Name Openness
CPU Samsung S3C2442 Docs available from Samsung, but not easily. Only after registering and qualifying. Here is a copy: http://www.elektronika.opatnet.cz/datasheet/U/um_s3c2442b_rev12.pdf
NAND flash Samsung? Standard NAND command-set.
GSM modem TI Calypso? Speaks standard protocols with proprietary extensions. Most of the proprietary extensions are present also in some BenQ and/or Enfora Enabler modems which have open documentation available on internet. See also GTA01 gsm modem. The NDAd documentation for the calypso, register definition and hardware definition was leaked onto a public forum on the 4th of March by persons or persons unknown.

The legality of reading these files may vary according to your local laws, as may generating code from them.

Transceiver TRF6151? No interaction with software.
Analog baseband TWL3014? No interaction with software.
WiFi Atheros AR6K No documentation available! GPL'ed driver only.
Bluetooth Delta DFBM-CS320 Class2 Module using CSR BlueCore4? Documented at http://www.bluetooth.com/Bluetooth/Learn/Technology/Specifications/
GPS u-blox/atmel ATR0635 http://www.u-blox.com/customersupport/gps.g3/ANTARIS_Protocol_Specification(GPS.G3-X-03002).chm
Graphic Accelerator SMedia 3362 Documentation is only available under NDA. It has in the past been hoped that this would be rewritten in a form which would make it available to the community. This will not now happen, (according to Raster on IRC - a core graphics developer) due to funding and time constraints.
MicroSDHC ? Connected to the SMedia 3362
LCD TD028TTEC1 module using a Toshiba JBT6K74 TFT LCD Driver Chipset? No open documentation available! GPL'ed driver only.
Touch Screen ? Connected to the s3c2442 similar to GTA01
Vibrator Simple motor attached to the PWM output of the s3c2442
Sound Codec Wolfson Codec Full data sheet available at http://www.wolfsonmicro.com/uploads/documents/en/WM8753.pdf
Sound Amplifier National Semiconductor LM4857 Full data sheet available at http://www.national.com/ds.cgi/LM/LM4857.pdf
Power management Philips PCF50606 Documented at http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/pub/Main/DataSheets/pcf50606.pdf
Battery Proprietary
JTAG ? Standardized, BSDL file for the CPU will hopefully become available
Case Proprietary Openmoko has released the CAD files for the case schematics. See the CAD directory
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Many people are more interested in getting a completely (and openly) documented hardware platform than in getting one with "just" all drivers under GPL. Why is this so? Just imagine an open source kernel which is released under a copyleft license which is incompatible to the GPL (like the OpenSolaris kernel). These poor developers would have to reverse engineer a so called "open platform" as they cannot use the available drivers and header files. If you are a GPL-is-the-only-true-license guy/girl: Don't be offended by this, it's simply about choice. :)

This page tries to give you an overview how open the GTA02 hardware is documented and where to get the documentation. Your help is needed! If you know anything which is missing just add it, if possible with a reference where the info is coming from.

Component Name Openness
CPU Samsung S3C2442 Docs available from Samsung, but not easily. Only after registering and qualifying. Here is a copy: http://www.elektronika.opatnet.cz/datasheet/U/um_s3c2442b_rev12.pdf
NAND flash Samsung? Standard NAND command-set.
GSM modem TI Calypso? Speaks standard protocols with proprietary extensions. Most of the proprietary extensions are present also in some BenQ and/or Enfora Enabler modems which have open documentation available on internet. See also GTA01 gsm modem. The NDAd documentation for the calypso, register definition and hardware definition was leaked onto a public forum on the 4th of March by persons or persons unknown.

The legality of reading these files may vary according to your local laws, as may generating code from them.

Transceiver TRF6151? No interaction with software.
Analog baseband TWL3014? No interaction with software.
WiFi Atheros AR6K No documentation available! GPL'ed driver only.
Bluetooth Delta DFBM-CS320 Class2 Module using CSR BlueCore4? Documented at http://www.bluetooth.com/Bluetooth/Learn/Technology/Specifications/
GPS u-blox/atmel ATR0635 http://www.u-blox.com/customersupport/gps.g3/ANTARIS_Protocol_Specification(GPS.G3-X-03002).chm
Graphic Accelerator SMedia 3362 Documentation is only available under NDA. It has in the past been hoped that this would be rewritten in a form which would make it available to the community. This will not now happen, (according to Raster on IRC - a core graphics developer) due to funding and time constraints.
MicroSDHC ? Connected to the SMedia 3362
LCD TD028TTEC1 module using a Toshiba JBT6K74 TFT LCD Driver Chipset? No open documentation available! GPL'ed driver only.
Touch Screen ? Connected to the s3c2442 similar to GTA01
Vibrator Simple motor attached to the PWM output of the s3c2442
Sound Codec Wolfson Codec Full data sheet available at http://www.wolfsonmicro.com/uploads/documents/en/WM8753.pdf
Sound Amplifier National Semiconductor LM4857 Full data sheet available at http://www.national.com/ds.cgi/LM/LM4857.pdf
Power management Philips PCF50606 Documented at http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/pub/Main/DataSheets/pcf50606.pdf
Battery Proprietary
JTAG ? Standardized, BSDL file for the CPU will hopefully become available
Case Proprietary Openmoko has released the CAD files for the case schematics. See the CAD directory