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Posted on 23:13, May 23rd, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Yep, you can do it now…..The open source hacker community GizmoForYou is shipping a Linux hardware/software kit for building a modular touchscreen smartphone. Using the OMAP35x-based Gumstix Overo Earth single-board computer (SBC), the Flow phone offers numerous customization modules including GPS, 3.5G cellular, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a camera. At around $1300 for the complete kitchen sink version, it’s not exactly cheap, but since they offer multiple choices for each component, you can pick and choose what you like to have inside your smartphone. Really neat stuff.
For those of you who are not tuned into Gumstix, the Overo line is a new line of Computer-on-Module devices designed by Gumstix based on TI’s OMAP Processor. Overo Earth comes with the following specs:
Processor: OMAP 3503 Application Processor with ARM Cortex-A8 CPU
Size: 17mm x 58mm x 4.2mm (0.67 in. x 2.28 in. 0.16 in.)
The core of the Flow phone is the Flow motherboard, which is designed to integrate the separately available Overo Earth module. You can also use the more expensive Overo Water, Air or Fire modules. Other modules attach to the motherboard, including a 3.7-inch 640 x 480 Sharp LS037V7DW01 touchscreen LCD and Flow Sharp LCD module.
Connectivity modules include GPS, USB, and a choice between a plain GSM cellular module and a HSDPA-ready 3.5G/GPS/GSM/GPRS module. (WiFi and Bluetooth are already supplied by the Overo SBC.) Additional options include a 1GB MicroSD card, camera, power supply, battery, and enclosure, with various options available on several of the modules. Flow motherboard features include:
GizmoForYou does not say much about software, but there are a growing number of Linux development platforms supporting the Overo Earth and OMAP35x platforms, and according to a project member, the group is working on an Android implementation.
Posted on 12:08, July 19th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou
We’ve been covering quite a bit of Opensource/Linux/Hack-your-own GSM phones (some even with GPS), but here is the ultimate phone for the N.E.R.D’s out there….From the Press Release:
“Portola Valley, Calif., July 10, 2007 – Gumstix, Inc, today announced its integrated, open source cellular communications platform: the GoliathTM line of expansion boards. The Goliath-vx board provides GPRS/EDGE function while the Goliath-GPS-vx board combines GPRS/EDGE and GPS. Each Goliath board attaches to a gumstixTM motherboard (verdex only) using a 60-pin connector and includes audio, LCD, touch screen, USB host, 3D-accelerometer, and battery management. General availability is planned for late July and the company will begin taking pre-orders at gumstix.com starting on 16 July.
The Goliath boards are by far the largest gumstix products at 105.5mm x 67.3mm, the same dimensions as the Samsung 4.3” LCD touch screens that Gumstix will also sell. Goliath gives verdex motherboards full-speed USB access to the Siemens MC75 GPRS/EDGE module, the u-blox NEO-4S GPS module, and one external USB device.”
For those of you who don’t know, Gumstix has been manufacturing a couple of different embedded platforms around the XScale processor family. Their boards runs an opensource embedded Linux exclusively. Recently they have branched out into building lots of expansion boards. These expansion boards when combined with their motherboards can truly allow you to create just about anything. Sounds like you’ve got everything you need to build the “real” Iphone :-)