Open source hardware

A partner in IBM's 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.

Juan-Antonio Carballo

A partner in IBM's 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 wasn't 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.

IBM's efforts in this direction are to be found at Power.Org,a community aimed at collaboratingto create new designs around its Power Architecture.

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