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Subject: Re: Archos Multimedia detailed hardware information

Re: Archos Multimedia detailed hardware information

From: Christophe Avoinne <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2003 02:02:15 +0100

First, despite that RidgeRun uses Linux, you must pay it to use it (because
of non-linux specifical parts if I remember well).

Second, Archos wouldn't use sold third-party softwares in their product
since they don't want to loose control on software (it is their motto to
have no cost on software).

My opinion is that they probably use the same software for the ARM part as
for recorder jukebox (I found there is some similarity for UI between MMJB
and JBR). Just a supposition though.

If you look at the TI site, you can find free source libraries to program a
DSP C5x, especially like DCT, Huffman encoder/decoder, etc. So you can be
able to program the DSP by yourselves and have plenty of audio formats like
WMA or OGG, if you could find a way to download your own firmware.

By the way, there is a gcc port for C5x too (a gcc port for ARM is too
trivial to be said) .

My 2 cents.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joaquim Carvalho" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, January 05, 2003 12:47 AM
Subject: Re: Archos Multimedia detailed hardware information

> On Sat, 2003-01-04 at 18:18, Greg Haerr wrote:
> > > The device uses the Texas Instruments TMS320DSC21 ARM+DSP processor
> > > probably runs the OpenSource OS DSPLinux
> >
> > This was announced by RidgeRun, Inc., but if I'm not mistaken,
> > they've ran out of money and are no longer in business. Does
> > anybody know where this source code is?
> I looked on the net for quite a while but could not find it available
> for download. It's strange how some OpenSource projects vanish in thin
> air. According to Texas Instruments:
> "Also available from Spectrum Digital is a bundled DSPLinux" C5471 EVM
> package with the RidgeRun" DSPLinux development and Operating System
> Platform, Board Support Package (BSP), and integrated emulation."
> Regards,
> Joaquim Carvalho
Received on 2003-01-05

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