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Re: If you really want Free firmware...

On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 11:17:24AM +0100, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> * Kenneth Pronovici 
> | I think what you're forgetting (or at least ignoring) is that designing
> | hardware is not exactly like designing software.  The process is
> | similar, yes, but it's not an apples-to-apples comparison.  At the
> | least, this is because testing your hardware "implementation" is not
> | "free" (as in beer).   Nor am I aware of many free (or even cheap)
> | hardware development tools or "environments".
> You can get microcontroller development boards with a handfull of ICs
> off atmel for around 30-40 euros.  Etching 12x8cm boards costs you a
> couple of Euros and you can get a lot done without going that far,
> even, but just soldering stuff.  Not free, but cheap enough that «it's
> too expensive» isn't a real argument.

I stand corrected on these costs.  Again, I'm not claiming to be an
expert here - can the development Bruce is suggesting really be done on
this sort of development board?

> FPGA equipment is on the same magnitude of cost -- still a bit off
> «thousands of dollars»

Not sure where "thousands of dollars" came from (not me), but OK.


Kenneth J. Pronovici <pronovic@debian.org>

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