Open source and the distributor

Distributors are not running away from providing access to essentially free open-source. Most suppliers recognise it has become an important part of the design community and can be used to drive business in semiconductor sales.

The distributors also can act as trusted sources of software for open source designbplatforms like Raspberry Pi , BeagleBone and Arduino.

The latest to move is RS Components which has created an open source design area on its designspark.com website.

“The growing popularity of open source hardware design has become self-evident over the past twelve months with the release of new versions of low-cost development boards such as Arduino and BeagleBone, and the launch of Raspberry Pi has created extraordinary demand around the world,” says David Tarrant, Head of Community Development at RS Components

RS has developed the Open Source Design Centre in cooperation with Andrew Back, a founding member of the Open Source Hardware User Group (OSHUG), the UK’s leading open source hardware group established in 2010.

“While open source hardware has until recently been at the low end of the electronics design spectrum, it is steadily increasing in interest as the opportunities for industry, education and experimentation become apparent,” says Back.

“This will help to take forward open source hardware into mainstream electronics design,” says Back.

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