April 10, 2005

Open source hardware

A partner in IBMâs venture capital arm, Juan-Antonio Carballo, says aspects of the open source model are now migrating to hardware. (The picture is from the IEEE workshop where he made his statements.)

He wasnât talking about Linux on a chip. Instead he was talking about contracts being written that allow chip makers to see the code with which chips are designed. By sharing knowledge on innovations, companies can reduce their total development costs, getting faster profits on new designs, he suggested.

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