Quote from ubergeek63 on September 7, 2011, 02:33
Actually you are missing the point.
HOW you USE it does NOT reveal a lot and IS common in all but the most egotistical outdated companies.
Do you really believe that the Broadcom parts are that much more advanced than TI's or Freescale's both of which are dual core chips with graphics and video acceleration on chip? BOTH of these companies have all the information that you need to write OSs and drivers available online and are readily available in low quantities.
While you have put together a great powerhouse at a great price, it still does your credibility no good to play the part of Broadcom fanboy. It is, after all, quite acceptable to admit that you have an in at an otherwise inaccessible company and are able to provide this service because you are able to get the chip at half the price the rest of us would be able to get a comparable part at.
I'm not a Broadcom fanboy, I am a Broadcom employee giving his spare time and knowledge up for this project. I am also a realist - I've spent 30 years working in various parts of the software industry, and in that time have come to realise that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone, somewhere, has to pay for that lunch. Different companies do it in different ways. Broadcom keep their IP close to their chest, and they are perfectly entitled to do so. IT'S THEIR IP! I actually hope they become less secretive and produce more OSS, and did in fact once ask Henry Samueli about it (Yes, THAT Henry Samueli). Twice.
As for comparing Broadcom chips with other manufacturers, whilst this SoC doesn't have twin cores, and run at x sqillion Mhzflopmips, I am of the belief that the GPU part is in fact considerable more advanced than those supplied by the companies you mention. Which is why it produces more performance at much less power than those chips.
Finally I would suggest that if you don't like the way the drivers are open or closed source, or the way that Broadcom does business then you make your feelings known by not buying product with Broadcom chips in. There are plenty out there. (Just avoid Apple products, Nokia, HTC, Roku, most bluetooth devices, many Wifi devices, some set top boxes, lots of bluray players)
There's no point in having a go here since we can't do anything about it. Vote with your feet.
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