Electronic Design

Phones Go Open Source

Cell phones have been closed devices since their inception, but things are changing as standard platforms emerge. Open-Moko's Neo 1973 is a stylish device with a 266-MHz ARM-based Samsung S3C2410 system-on-a-chip that runs GNU/Linux and has a GNU/Linux-based development environment. The software platform uses the X window system and the GTK+ toolkit. It has a 2.8-in. VGA TFT color display, 128 Mbytes of RAM, and 64 Mbytes of NAND flash with a 512-Mbyte SDIOcapable microSD card. The phone supports 2.5G GSM, including quad band, voice, CSD, and GPRS plus Bluetooth 2.0. It also has a built-in Advanced GPS unit.

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