RS Components has hosted a comprehensive free guide to open source electronics design on designspark.com, the company's online resource for electronics design engineers.
The Open Source Design Centre brings together all the elements involved in open source design in a single, easy-to-access reference point. Providing reliable information on matters ranging from open source licensing guidelines to advice on hardware and software management, the Open Source Design Centre aims to educate engineers in open source design, as well as support their active participation in open source design projects.
The Open Source Design Centre has been developed by RS Components in cooperation with Andrew Back, a leading industry expert in open source hardware and founding member of the Open Source Hardware User Group (OSHUG), the UK's leading open source hardware group.
Back comments that open source hardware, which has until recently been at the low end of the electronics design spectrum, is steadily increasing in interest as the opportunities for industry, education and experimentation become apparent.
He adds that the new initiative will help them tap into a vast global base of engineers on designspark.com, many of whom will be the key players in taking forward open source hardware into mainstream electronics design.
According to David Tarrant, Head of Community Development at RS Components, 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.
He adds that RS Components’ Open Source Design Centre brings together essential information that their users can rely on to support them throughout their research, development and design cycles.