**-Open Source Design Centre provides reliable information and connection point for engineers designing with open source hardware
**-RS Components has announced the launch of its 'Open Source Design Centre', a
comprehensive free guide to open source electronics design hosted on
designspark.com, the company's online resource for electronics design engineers.
Open Source Design Centre brings together all of the elements involved in
open source design in a single, easy-to-access reference point. It provides
reliable information on matters ranging from open source licensing guidelines to
advice on hardware and software management. Its aim is to educate engineers in
open source design, and to aid and encourage their active participation in open
source design projects.
RS has developed the
Open Source Design Centre 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 established in 2010.
"While open source hardware has until recently been at the low end of the
electronics design spectrum, it is steadily increasing in interest as the
opportunities for industry, education and experimentation become apparent,"
commented Back. "By working with RS, we are tapping 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."
"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 has created extraordinary demand around the world," said David Tarrant, Head
of Community Development at RS Components. "RS is a trusted source of
information on new designs and new technologies for engineers. Our new Open
Source Design Centre brings together essential information our users can rely on
to support them throughout the research, development and design cycle."