February 7, 2001

Momentum builds for open-source processors

Author: JT Smith

From EE Times: "Momentum is slowly building for freely available open-source processors, the
semiconductor equivalent of open-source software movements like Linux.

A handful of commercial efforts are experimenting with open-source CPU cores.
Contract-manufacturing giant Flextronics, for example, is laying plans to tap into open-source
hardware for its ASICs. And both Metaflow Technologies Inc. (La Jolla, Calif.) and IROC
Technologies SA (Grenoble, France) are building products using the Leon-1, a Sparc-like
open-source processor developed at the European Space Agency's Technology Center."


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