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Subject: Re: Neo35 car player (was: Useful features)
From: Daniel Stenberg (daniel_at_haxx.se)
Date: 2004-04-19


On Mon, 19 Apr 2004, BlueChip wrote:

> But WHY replace the chip? Maybe the MP3 file is held in ROM? But they
> suggest that it will read filenames.
>
> So do they have a TTS engine?
> How big is this chip?
> What is in it?
> Do you need to create MP3 files to make it work?

(The opinions that creep up in my mail here is of course my own personal ones,
I'm not representing anyone.)

Yes, the 'voice chip' SSI sells (for its Neo players) basicly makes the Neo
able to do what Rockbox now does on its own. At least so it seems and that's
what I hear.

The Open Neo project used to keep the sources secret that are needed to
interface this chip, why we were in contact with them to stop offering the
firmware since it was in violation of the (GPL) license. Now I see they offer
the source and binaries, so I take it they now ship the full source for
accessing and using the chip. Anyone really interested could just download it
and see. Open Neo is just Rockbox from many months ago, then edited massively
into... eh, Open Neo.

The Neo players often have a less RAM than the Archos players do, so I guess a
speach system like the "talkbox" would be better with more ram, mp3 in rom or
a basic TTS system in rom.

The Open Neo is, despite its name, not a very open project. Getting info like
this from them is hard.

-- 
 Daniel Stenberg -- http://rockbox.haxx.se/ -- http://daniel.haxx.se/
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