OpenSPARC Initiative

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"OpenSparc is Sun's attempt to bring open-source thinking and cooperation into the realm of hardware design:

Goals of the OpenSPARC Initiative

  • To significantly increase participation in processor architecture development and application design by making cutting-edge hardware IP freely available.
  • To eliminate barriers to the next big build-out of the Internet.
  • To improve collaboration and cooperation among hardware designers.
  • To enable community members to build on proven technology at a markedly lower cost.
  • To encourage innovation.
  • To foster bringing bold new products to market."


OpenSparc is at

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See our entries on Open Hardware, Open Source Hardware, and Open Design