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Re: Re: eCos Wifi/WPA support

On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 5:30 PM, Grant Edwards <> wrote:
>> There are a handful of newer parts with either open or reverse
>> engineered interfaces one could start from, but it's a
>> non-trivial effort.
> I think we can assume that the interface spec for the Wifi chip
> would be available from the manufacturer.  I can't imagine a
> vendor expecting to get a design win without providing specs
> for the part in question.

ROFL - you obviously haven't been working on 802.11 for long.  If you
go back in the archives of the OpenBSD mailing lists, you will find a
lot of info (and flamewars) about who is completely open, who is kinda
open, and who is just stonewalling on wireless stuff (and that is
mostly for x86 - it's worse for embedded!)

By and large the attitude is that if you're not doing windows, not a
cell phone or ipod maker, you'd darn well better have a zillion units
or a zillion dollars for NRE or you're SOL as far as manufacturer

Hardware, n.:
 The parts of a computer system that can be kicked.

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