On binary drivers and stable interfaces
Posted Nov 11, 2005 21:07 UTC (Fri) by dlang
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no, the firmware blob is what in older devices would be in the ROM soldered to the device (which nobody object to useing)
it's not just a simple matter of getting specs of the device to recreate this, and it's definantly not something that is likly to run on any other device (even a nre revision of a card will frequently require a different version of the firmware)
vendors do this for a couple reasons.
1. it's cheaper to leave the ROM/Flash off of the card.
2. it's more flexible as it allows for updates and bugfixes
as long as the API to talk to the device once the firmware is loaded is documented people should not have much grounds to fuss about it.
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