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CNET News.com: Open-source credo moves to chip design

Mar 27, 2001, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John G. Spooner)

"A cadre of hardware developers is trying to bring concepts from the open-source software world to the hardware business."

"Engineers around the world, connected via the Internet, are seeking to develop a vast library of freely available hardware designs, similar to how Linux developers and other open-source programmers share intellectual property."

"This open-source hardware library--consisting of design elements for processors, memory controllers, peripherals, motherboards and a host of other components--would aide semiconductor start-ups and device manufacturers alike. Instead of investing millions in basic and sometimes redundant design work, companies would be able to tap the library for the know-how they need, licensing designs for chips and other technology for free."

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