[Open-graphics] New member Q&A
john at foseda.com
Mon Feb 25 18:00:40 EST 2008
Timothy Normand Miller wrote:
> On 2/25/08, John Griessen <john at foseda.com> wrote:
> For Traversal to earn revenue, we need "unlimited rights" to the
> schematics and other copyrightable materials. But at the same time,
> we also release our stuff under GPL. Look up how TrollTech and MySQL
> do their dual-licensing scheme. Ours is similar.
>> Will we be able to reuse verilog built into it?
> Under GPL. Or alternatively, if you want to make a proprietary
> product, you can pay us a commercial licensing fee.
[jg]sounds compatible with my plan to make mechanically simple, shoe-box scale
seeing-eye-bots that cost $75 each and are open hardware with TAPR license.
If they became a hit, they could be packaged proprietary and pay you royalties
for a test spin with FPGAs, then hire you to make a custom chip. Sounds like you plan on being
an open code friendly fabless chip company.
Adding OGP functions in FPGA or TT's planned ASIC chip
>> would be a boon to embedded linux boards, or possibly even cheaper lower power processors -- for machine vision
>> for little robots, (no PC motherboards, just 3 or 4 chips).
> That would be very cool.
[jg]Does a 32 bit kind of linux-2.6-running chip sound like a good match for OGA1, or is
an interface to a 16 bit low power MSP430 microcontroller reasonable too?
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