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Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU 136

Posted by timothy
from the this-case-is-totally-proprietary dept.
First time accepted submitter PotatoHead (12771) writes "This is a big win for Open Hardware Proponents! The Parallax Propeller Microcontroller VERILOG code was released today, and it's complete! Everything you need to run Open Code on an Open CPU design. This matters because you can now build a device that is open hardware, open code all the way down to the CPU level! Either use a product CPU, and have access to its source code to understand what and how it does things, or load that CPU onto a suitable FPGA and modify it or combine it with your design."
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Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU

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  • Limited utility. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dzimas (547818) on Thursday August 07, 2014 @02:04PM (#47625151)
    I run a company that releases all its hardware designs and am a huge proponent of OSHW. This gesture has limited utility simply because the people who use MCUs in designs aren't typically interested in delving into the minutiae of how the processor that runs the system is built. They're more interested in open source circuits which have real-world applications -- a low pass filter for smoothing PWM signals, a nice clean USB power supply, and so on.
  • by sinij (911942) on Thursday August 07, 2014 @02:31PM (#47625379) Journal

    Aside from absolutists positions like Stallman's, why is it important to have OS hardware? Why AMD64, Intel x86, or ARM is not good enough?

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