Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Apr 2006 17:12 UTC, submitted by Andy Updegrove
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Last summer, IBM set up Power,org, to promote its PowerPC chip as what it called 'open hardware.' This year, Sun launched the open source project around the source code for its Niagera microprocessor. But what does "open" mean in the context of hardware? You have to pay to participate meaningfully in, as well as pay royalties to implement - it's built on a traditional RAND consortium model. To use the Sun code, though, its just download the code under an open source license, and you're good to go to use anything except the SPARC name. All of which leads to the questions: 'what does open mean in hardware, and which approach will work?"
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by Treza on Thu 13th Apr 2006 17:02 UTC
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One shall mention the Leon core which is a free open source Sparc clone originally developped for space-borne applications. The Sparc specifications are free since a long time, the new thing is that Sun delivers sources for their own chips.

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