Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Oct 2013 15:10 UTC

Led by Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.


The design for Project Ara consists of what we call an endoskeleton (endo) and modules. The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter - or something not yet thought of!

This could be the biggest innovation in smartphones since, well, the first smartphones appeared on the market. I am incredibly excited about this.

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RE[3]: Huh
by viton on Tue 29th Oct 2013 19:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Huh"
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Most SoCs do not have integrated RAM or flash storage

Most SoCs designed for PoP memory.

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RE[4]: Huh
by bentoo on Tue 29th Oct 2013 21:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Huh"
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Most SoCs designed for PoP memory.

I think the chip makers can any package that is requested. For example there are flavors of Tegra 4 with PoP memory and without.

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RE[5]: Huh
by viton on Tue 29th Oct 2013 23:41 in reply to "RE[4]: Huh"
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This is dictated by characteristics like power consumption, number of memory channels / frequency.
Anyway you need 200+pin connector for memory interface on the back of the phone, instead of 4 shiny pins in Phonebloks concept.

Edited 2013-10-29 23:44 UTC

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