[Thumbgps-devel] Build vs. modify vs. what should we be doing anyway?
Eric S. Raymond
esr at thyrsus.com
Mon Mar 12 18:43:41 PDT 2012
Dave Taht <dave.taht at gmail.com>:
> As noted elsewhere it might be cool to get away from serial
> emulation entirely.
I agree. For years I've thought it was silly that SiRF or somebody
else hasn't designed a direct-to-USB GPS chip. Such an obvious next
step considering how obsolete RS232 is becoming - they could reduce
parts count drastically *and* claim a larger share of end-product BOM
for a double win.
Unfortunately, exactly *because* it's so obvious, the fact that it
hasn't been done sends an unpleasant message about the front-loaded
costs of this plan. They must be pretty high. If SiRF can't hack them,
they're sure as hell out of our reach.
<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>
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