- Open source hardware
Open source hardware refers to computer and electronic hardware that is designed in the same fashion as free and open-source
software. Open source hardware is part of the open source culturethat takes the open source ideas to fields other than software. An example of this is the Simputerproject.
Some of the impetus for the development of open source hardware was initiated in 2002 through the
Challenge to Silicon Valleyissued by Kofi Annan. [ [http://news.com.com/2010-1069-964507.html?tag=lh Kofi Annan's IT challenge to Silicon Valley - CNET News.com ] ] Because the nature of hardware is different than software, and because the concept of open source hardware is relatively new, no exact definition of open source hardware has emerged.
Because hardware has direct variable costs associated with it, no open source software definition can directly be applied without modification. Instead, the term open source hardware has primarily been used to reflect the use of free/open source software with the hardware and the free release of
informationregarding the hardware, often including the release of schematics, design, sizes and other information about the hardware. The freely released information includes the hardware design and element distribution on the motherboard (i.e. a notebook where one can replace elements.) [ [http://www.communitywiki.org/odd/ComputerComponent/CustomNotebook] ] [ [http://obook.info/] ]
With the rise of reconfigurable logic devices, the sharing of logic designs is also a form of open source hardware. Instead of sharing the schematics, HDL code is shared. This is different from free/open source software. HDL descriptions are commonly used to set up SoC systems either in FPGAs or directly in ASIC designs. HDL modules, when distributed, are called
semiconductor intellectual property cores, or IP cores.
TAPR Open Hardware License
Notable projects and collections
Computers and Computer Components
Designing the CPU itself
There are several "open source hardware" CPUs, typically implemented as a
OpenSPARCis a project with an already created UltraSPARC T1 multicore chip by Sun Microsystems. As of August 2007 a T2 chip is also in the pipeline [http://opensparc.net Sun's OpenSPARC]
OpenRISCis a group of developers working to produce a very high performance open source RISCCPU.
LEONis an open source 32-bit SPARC-like CPU created by the ESA. It's the standard CPU for the European Space Industry.
* [http://f-cpu.seul.org/ F-CPU] , Freedom CPU project initiated in mid-1998. [cite web|title=The F-CPU Project|url=http://erste.oekonux-konferenz.de/dokumentation/texte/guidon.html 070828 erste.oekonux-konferenz.de] [cite web|title=Welcome to the Freedom CPU website !|url=http://f-cpu.seul.org/ 070828 f-cpu.seul.org]
Designs that Include a CPU
Arduinois an open-source physical computingplatform based on a simple I/O board and a development environment that implements the open source Processing / [http://wiring.org.co/ Wiring] language.
SquidBee- Open Motebased in Arduinofor developing sensor networks. [http://www.squidbee.org/]
* OpenBook -
tabletdesign, positioning between $100 laptopand consumer Tablet PC´s price, which wants allow tablet usage to masses by high volume production.
BalloonBoard.orgproduces open ARM-based development boards, aimed at OEMs and further education.
PLAICE- The PLAICE is an open source hardware and software project developing a powerful in-circuit development tool that combines in one device the features of a FLASH Programmer, Memory Emulator, and High Speed Multi-Channel Logic Analyzer. It runs uClinux.
OpenPCD- Open RFIDreader/writer project, using AT91SAM7S128 microcontroller. [http://www.openpcd.org/]
ASoC(ALSA System on Chip).
Open Graphics Projectaims to design an open architecture and standard for graphics cards.
Project VGA[ [http://oege.ie.hva.nl/~meeuwi10/pVGA/projectvga.php Wacco Webstack - Home of Project VGA, the Low Budget, Open Source, VGA Compatible video card ] ]
Bug Labs- Produces BUG, an open DIY consumer electronics device platform comprising of BUGbase mini-Linux computer and various BUGmodules, functional components such as camera, accelerometer, motion detector, touchscreen LCD, and GPS
ECB AT91- Single-board computerbased on the Atmel AT91RM9200 ARM9 processor (180 MHz).
ECB ATmega32/644- Single-board computerbased on the AtmelATmega32/644 (20 MHz) with webserver-capability and less than 100mA power consumption
Open OEM- Project to build the first open source computer [http://www.innovationstage.com/openoem/index.php]
Simputer- handheld computer aimed at developing countries
Open wireless hardware
* opensensor [ [http://mobiledevices.kom.aau.dk/opensensor/ Mobile Devices: opensensor ] ] An open platform (software/hardware/teaching) for wireless sensor networks
OpenPattern[ [http://www.openpattern.org/ OpenPattern.org] ] [ [http://blog.onevillage.tv/wp/?p=482 Holistic ICT for EcoLiving » Open Hardware Router ] ] [ [http://searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com/news/interview/0,289202,sid39_gci1204142,00.html Open source router challenges proprietary networking market ] ] [ [http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Open_20Source_20Hardware_20Initiative Halfbakery: Open Source Hardware Initiative ] ]
Sun SPOTis an open source hardware and software platform for sensor networks and battery powered, wireless, embedded development. [ [https://spots-hardware.dev.java.net/ spots-hardware: Home ] ] [ [http://www.sunspotworld.com SunSpotWorld - Home of Project Sun SPOT ] ]
Network reconfigurable cameras
* [http://www.elphel.com Elphel, Inc.] - Imaging Solutions with Free Software and Open Hardware. All PCB layouts, socket diagrams and FPGA Verilog sources are available under GNU/GPL license. [http://wiki.elphel.com Elphel's wiki] .
RepRap Project: An open source, self-replicating 3D printer
** [http://www.3dreplicators.com The Clanking Replicator Project: An open source, self-replicating
3D printer] - RepRap variant
* [http://www.fabathome.org Fab@Home] - An open source
Desktop manufacturingsystem [ [http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/full_story.asp?StoryNumber=23089 Build this open-source machine, change the world with it ] ]
VIA OpenBook- a subnotebookcase design released by VIA Technologies
* [http://www.auroramixer.com/ Aurora] - a dual channel USB-powered mixer with two linear faders, one crossfader, eight backlit buttons and 24 potentiometers, all built around a PIC 18LF4525 microcontroller.
* [http://www.ladyada.net/make/x0xb0x/ x0xb0x] - a
Monome40h - A reconfigurable grid of sixty-four backlit buttons, used via USB. A limited batch of 500 monome 40h has been produced. All the design process, design specifications, firmware and PCB schematics are available online [http://monome.org/]
* [http://www.howleraudio.com/index.html OpenStomp] , the world's first open source guitar effects processor
* Daisy - An open source MP3 player [http://www.teuthis.com/html/daisy_mp3.html]
* [http://www.soundwidgets.com/stribe/ The Stribe] - A programmable open source touch controller with illuminated feedback [http://www.stribe.org/]
* [http://www.astfin.org Astfin] - [http://www.rowetel.com/ucasterisk Free Telephony Project] open source telephony hardware
* [http://www.opencellphone.org Opencellphone.org] - also called '
OpenMoko- open phone framework (first use case: FIC Neo FreeRunner, Released as of mid 2008)
Arduino- open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.
Chumby- 'Glancable' information device
gEDA- full GPL'd suite of Electronic Design Automation tools.
GP2Xan open-source, Linux-based handheld video game console and media player created and sold by GamePark Holdingsof South Korea.
* Neuros "Open Source Device" an open source set-top box type device designed to serve as a low cost Linux "media center" [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/business/06novel.html?ex=1357275600&en=592b78a8b11af008&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss New York Times article]
Pandora (console), an upcoming Open-Source video game console, media player and PDA hybrid using Linux and a OMAP SoCfrom Texas Instruments
Machines and tools
Multimachine, an open source machine tool project. [ [http://opensourcemachine.org/ Open source machine website] ] [ [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/multimachine MultiMachine Group] ]
* [http://www.openprosthetics.org/ The Open Prosthetics Project] - A
Prostheticsdesigned with open source principles.
* [http://openeeg.sourceforge.net/ OpenEEG] - creating a low cost
EEGdevice and free software to go with it. , [http://opencircuits.com/Programmable_Chip_EEG]
Build-It-Solar- Plans and tools and information to do renewable energy and conservation projects. [ [http://www.builditsolar.com/index.htm BuildItSolar: Solar energy projects for Do It Yourselfers to save money and reduce pollution ] ]
Dye-sensitized solar cell
* [http://www.peswiki.com/index.php/DIY PESWiki OS Energy Technology] .
SHPEGS- Open source Solar Heat Pump Electrical Generation System
* [http://www.industrialcontroldesignline.com/howto/210101833 Open-Source Robotics]
* c, mm,n: c, mm, n is a Dutch project to design an environmental friendly car using
open sourceprinciples. [ [http://www.autoindetoekomst.nl/website/ Homepage ] ]
OScar (open source car): OScar is the first attempt to design an entire car using open sourceprinciples.
* OSCav : open source
compressed air vehicle. [ [http://cair.wikia.com/wiki/OSCav OSCav - Compressed Air Wiki - a Wikia wiki ] ]
* [http://www.ihpva.org/wiki/index.php/Open_Source_Velomobile_Development_Project Open Source Velomobile Development Project] : build your own
Open Source Green Vehicle( [http://www.osgv.org/] ): The Open Source Green Vehicle project is an attempt to design an environmental friendly SUVusing open sourceprinciples.
EVProduction club( [http://evproduction.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page] ) is an organization with a wiki to design and produce open source electric vehicles and complements.
Open-rTMS- creating a low cost rTMS device and free software to go with it. [http://open-rtms.sourceforge.net/]
OpenServo- creating a low cost digital servo for use with RCand roboticsprojects. [http://openservo.com/]
* [http://transcenmentalism.org/OpenStim/ OpenStim: The Open Noninvasive Brain Stimulator]
OSMC- An open source Motor Control project, meant primarily for roboticsbut applicable to low-power electric vehicles and other uses [http://www.robotpower.com/osmc_info/]
RONJA- Open source Free Space Optic system, DIY in a garage, 10 Mbit/s full duplex/1.4 km
* [http://www.digitalhome.ca/ota/superantenna/ Gray-Hoverman Antenna] The Gray-Hoverman Antenna For
LED Throwies- non-destructive graffiti and light displays.
*Open Hardware (OH) is a project in which
hardware designers share their work by disclosing the schematics and software(drivers) used in their designs. Open hardware designersmeet, discuss what they ar and ask each other for assistance in finding parts, or seek ideas to solve design problems. OH is also an opportunity to exhibit designs, so some may learn from what others have done.
OpenCoresis a foundation that attempts to form a community of designers to support open-source cores (logic designs) for CPUs, peripherals and other devices. OpenCores maintains an open-source on-chip interconnection bus specification called Wishbone.
* [http://www.openhardwarefoundation.org Open Hardware Foundation]
* [http://www.open-innovation-projects.org Open Innovation Projects] Community driven directory of open source innovation projects
* [http://www.thinkcycle.org Thinkcycle]
[http://wiki.openpattern.org/index.php/OpenTechSummitTaiwan2008 OpenTechSummit in Taiwan] with participants from Asus, Intel, Openmoko, Openpattern, Freifunk.net [ [http://www.perspektive89.com/2008/open_hardware_jurgen_neumann_freifunknet_and_marek_lindner_openmoko_project_about_open_source_and_hardware Open Hardware: Jürgen Neumann of Freifunk.net and Marek Lindner from the Openmoko project about Open Source and Hardware ] ]
Electronic design automation
Engineers Without Borders
Free CAD software
Lee Felsenstein, founder of the Homebrew Computer Club, based on Ivan Illich's [http://todd.cleverchimp.com/tools_for_conviviality/ "Tools for Conviviality"]
Graphics hardware and FOSS
Open CASCADE- software development platformfreely available in open source.
Open design- Open-source physical design with a wider focus
Opengear- Follows SSH/X11 protocol, otherwise proprietary.
Open source software
* [http://www.opencollector.org/Whyfree/freedesign.html Free Hardware Design - Past, Present, Future] by Graham Seaman
* [http://www.tapr.org/OHL The TAPR Open Hardware License]
* [http://opensource.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Open hardware Wikia] .
* [http://www.vlsitoday.com/analysis/can-the-open-source-development-model-applied-to-hardware-de.html VLSItoday: Can the open source development model applied to hardware design] ?
* [http://www.openhardware.net Openhardware.net]
* [http://dmoz.org/Computers/Hardware/Open_Source/ Open Directory: Computers: Hardware: Open Source]
* [http://www.openhardware.de Openhardware's Kernel Accelerator Device]
* [http://opencollector.org/Whyfree/open_hardware.html Debian Open Hardware] at [http://opencollector.org/ Open Collector]
* [http://www.uclinux.org Embedded Linux/Microcontroller Project]
* [http://www.opencores.org OpenCores]
* [http://www.f-cpu.org/ Freedom CPU]
* [http://www.gaisler.com/ Gaisler research]
* [http://opensparc.net Sun's OpenSPARC]
* [http://wiki.debian.org/open_hardware DebianWiki page about Open hardware] .
* [http://fusor.net/ Open-source fusor research]
* [http://opencircuits.com/ Open Circuits wiki]
* [http://www.opendildonics.org/ Open dildonics wiki]
* [http://www.gaisler.com/products/leon2/leon.html open source LEON2 processor]
* [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.11/opensource.html Wired:Open Source Everywhere]
* [http://www.atariarchives.org/deli/homebrew_and_how_the_apple.php Homebrew and How the Apple Came to Be] by
* [http://www.srisc.com/ Simply RISC S1 Core] ( [http://www.eetimes.eu/193000635 EETimes article] )
* [http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/11/the_open_source_1.html The Open Source Gift Guide: Open source hardware, software, and more for the holidays!]
* [http://features.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=1999-06-22-005-05-NW-LF Richard Stallman's thoughts on free hardware] .
* [http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Category:Design Peer2Peer Foundations page on Design and Open Hardware]
* [http://www.economist.com/science/tq/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11482589 The Economist: Open Sesame! Technology Quarterly on Open Hardware]
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