Papering over a binary blob
Posted Sep 29, 2011 14:39 UTC (Thu) by dwmw2
Parent article: Papering over a binary blob
Weird. The USB version of the chip can have its complete firmware in SPI flash, which is what OLPC did for the 'Active Antennae' so it didn't need to be loaded at all; they operate as mesh repeaters when you just apply power.
Can't the SDIO version of the chip do the same?
And anyway, why in $DEITY's name wouldn't they just use a chip from someone who actually gives you the firmware in a sane form; aren't there Atheros chips which meet that requirement? There's OpenFWWF too but I'd be hesitant to recommend BRCM.
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