First of all: nice project, could be a nice follow up for the freerunner.

I have been looking at the discussions a little bit. Main discussion is how
to make a new casing that fits around the beagle board, how to produce and
what it costs.
I haven't seen a discussion about redesign of the board, the design files
(schematics in Orcad) are available, so you can downsize the connectors used
and fit it in an existing casing. I have a price of a PCB (without parts) at
low volumes (50 pieces) at less than €15.
Assembly of low quantitiy boards will be very expensive (make it double the
components price), so a DIY project for assembly of the boards will make the
PCB fit for a reasonable price.


2010/5/11 Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller <h...@computer.org>

> There is now a new Wiki page for the project:
>        http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Openmoko_Beagle_Hybrid
> I have received some questions why we did not put all this into a nice
> design. The main reason is that we can't redesign the Beagleboard (it
> has fixed dimensions) and we can't afford to build plastic injection
> moulds (if someone has an idea how to reduce cost this is very
> welcome). So the easiest solution was to combine what we have: a given
> Beagleboard and the Freerunner case.
> Other questions were what one could do with this. Here some ideas (not
> assuming it is complete - you may have more and it is a platform for
> your creativity):
>        • experimenting with touchscreen and new user interfaces on
> Beagleboard
>        • learn how the OMAP3530 CPU works
>        • make it a truly open mobile application development platform by
> adding a battery pack and a UMTS usb stick
>        • investigate how an Openmoko with UMTS and OMAP3530 feels (not from
> haptics but screen operation and UMTS speed)
>        • porting SHR, QtMoko, Android, etc. to ARM-Cortex A8
> And here some feature list:
>        • PCB that fits into Freerunner case (top cover and middle part
> after
> cutting a hole)
>        • works also without such a case (except speakers and earset)
>        • Toppoly LCM interface (same display as used in the Freerunner -
> otherwise it would not fit into the case)
>        • TSC2007 touch screen controller
>        • Microphone
>        • Earset and Speaker connector (for those sitting in the Freerunner
> case)
>        • 2 buttons (AUX and Power)
>        • 2 dual color LEDs (in the AUX and Power buttons)
>        • vibracall driver
>        • headset jack to connect microphone, earset and speaker
> For the software, we have to rearrange the code on our server a little
> and then it will be made public.
> Finally, here you can do preorders:
>        http://www.handheld-linux.com/wiki.php?page=Openmoko%20Beagle
> Nikolaus
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