Despite considerable skepticism about the future of the open-source chip movement, support for the concept continues to grow. Contract-manufacturer Flextronics is working toward the use of open-source hardware for its application-specific integrated circuits. Metaflow Technologies Inc. and IROC Technologies SA are developing products based on the Sparc-like Leon-1, an open-source processor developed at the European Space Agency’s Technology Center. Later this year, CPU cores for Bluetooth and the USB 2.0 interface may become open-source.
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