Tablet GSM Station – Winbook TW101 & bladeRF – Work in progress

I want to build a Touch Screen GSM Base Station

This is a work in progress, and these post are my daily notes as I work through the project.



1st iteration was a non touch screen GSM box using ultra low cost equipment.

Screen shot 2014-12-02 at 10.03.12 AM


Items Needed:

Winbook TW101 Tablet- ($199 / 239 with Keyboard)

  • Widescreen IPS Multi-Touch Touchscreen 16:10 10.1″ 1280×800 Display
  • Intel Baytrail-T Z3735D 1.33GHz Quad-Core CPU
  • 2GB RAM & 32GB eMMC Flash Storage
  • Windows 8.1 + Bing
  • Expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
  • USB 3 port

bladeRF ($425)

  • Fully bus-powered USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Software Defined Radio
  • Portable, handheld form factor: 5″ by 3.5″
  • Extensible gold plated RF SMA connectors
  • 300MHz – 3.8GHz RF frequency range (GSM 800-900GHz, 1800 -1900GHz)



Step 1 Install Ubuntu on Winbook TW101 

Challenge: Ubuntu has not released EFI support on their 32bit ISO.






0.1 Prep for dual boot.

Dual Boot Windows 8 Ubuntu



1. Use Rufus to burn Ubuntu 14.10 iso on to USB drive.