LONDON ORSoC AB (Stockholm, Sweden), a design house, that specializes in using open-source hardware intellectual property blocks, has agreed to maintain the OpenCores website, www.opencores.org, with effect from Nov. 1.
ORSoC, a fabless ASIC design and manufacturing services company, providing RTL to ASIC design services and a silicon fabrication service, specializes in using the OpenRISC processor platform, which was the founding part of the OpenCores open source project.
Damjan Lampret, a founder and long-time contributor the OpenCores website, said OpenCores was looking for somebody to take over the OpenCores brand and website in June 2007.
"ORSoC will continue to develop and improve OpenCores. We will dedicate resources to work with the site and community which will ensure that the development of IPs will ramp up and the quality of projects and verification will become even higher. In the long term we will also improve the web-site, to make sure it will offer even more services and make it easier for all the skilled engineers to work with IPs at OpenCores," the company said in a statement.
ORSoC also appealed for companies to consider putting non-differentiating IP into the OpenCores library for the use of other engineers.
"We believe there are many companies out there with in-house developed IPs IPs that are not customer-specific and which are not unique for the specific company. If these IPs are placed at OpenCores the IPs will continue to develop and they will be verified," the company added.
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