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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 http://opensparc.sunsource.net/nonav/index.html
See our entries on Open Hardware, Open Source Hardware, and Open Design