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Re: [ox-en] Free Design for graphics card


On Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 10:35:35AM [PHONE NUMBER REMOVED], Stefan Merten wrote:

I just saw

I'm not an expert here but AFAICS the design is based on FPGA chips
(field programmable logic arrays) which is best described as
programmable hardware. You can reconfigure the chip by software to
execute the needed functionality. At the moment this seems do be
considered a development board and they plan to design an ASIC which
is a chip which is custom designed and faster.

The project founded the company

to produce and sell the hardware based on the Free Design. 

This has been around for quite some time. 

From their about-us page:

  Traversal Technology LLC was founded to manage the production and
  sale of hardware based on various open designs, and to provide
  professional validation and commercial support for these products.

  Open designs and open interfaces allow Traversal Technology to
  interact with the Open Source community for mutual benefit. By
  leveraging the potential of the Open Source community, Traversal
  Technology is able to offer quality products at competitive prices.
  Conversely, users are able to use their hardware to its full
  potential on any platform, unhindered by lack of documentation, lack
  of support, or trade secrets.

One of the restrictions of the project:

  * While the hardware will be open spec, not all of it will be open
    source at first. This gives Traversal Technology the advantage it
    needs to recoup its non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs. (Edit
    by Tim: We have committed to releasing all of the RTL to the chip.
    Some of it is being developed in the open already. Some of it may
    be released at the time the ASIC is released. Some of it will be
    released after a time delay necessary for said competitive


Well, under cover this has been selling for quite some time at as
Raptor 4000 from TechSource
Hence it is questionable tho waht extent this project is inspired by
some OpenSource philosohy, rather than sticking formally to the rules to
utilise the nice label.
In contrast to the OGD, which is only available with an PCI-X connector,
(almost no regular motherboard has such a slot), the Raptor 4000 is also
available as an PCI-E card.
On the net you will not find any link between ODG/Traversaltech and
TechSource, but technically the products are identical. When I placed a
hint about that connection on the wikipedia page
it was deleted in less than 15 minutes.


Contact: projekt

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