Open Hardware and Product Designs

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Product and Circuit Design Pages with Complete Projects accompanied by Circuits and Code.  Electronic Product Design

Open Hardware and Product Designs

Open Hardware Design many not be like Free Software. Free Hardware Designs existed even before Computers, Software or even free software came into being.

Radio Electronics carried one of the first free computer designs. You copy the circuit and build it. Like Woodwork Designs and plans in Popular Mechanics.

This is the way an Electronics design engineer or group see it, some may include gnu type freedom, it could be just open-source. It would also be like a creative commons type design. Then it would even be just like …..

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History – The Woodwork License, Ham Radio sharing of designs and structures. Hobby DIY Enthusiasts publishing their creations in the web as early as 1998.

delabs promoted Open Designs as early as 2000 with this note on in delabs circuits website. (first hosted at netscape free sites)

delabs maintains an Electronics Circuits Archive with some Technical Documents, many of these circuits were designed or developed by delabs. There are also many useful links to electronic resources, products and companies. The intention to put it in the web is to enable Students, Hobbyists and Professionals to get more ideas on various aspects of  electronics and circuit design.

The Technologies and Hardware Configurations of delabs are Open Designs. delabs created content and circuits, can only be used for product design, product development, study or hobby.

Some of the Designs are Application Notes, Evaluation Boards with Open Hardware. These may not be Open Source and some may be Copyright in design terms, still they are open designs.

The Electronic Design Difference – Open Hardware or Designs – Give Credits and Thanks

A free electronic design, like one that comes with a semiconductor application note or single board computer kit is not necessarily like open source but are still open designs.

Some Open Designs and Open Hardware are not Like FOSS or GNU but limited use and application. Still the Schematics, PCB and Firmware are Free to use, apply and learn.

Open Hardware or Designs

As an Electronics design engineer or group sees it, some may include gnu type freedom, it could be just open-source. It would also be like a creative commons type design. Then it would even be just like

“I have given you the schematics, pcb and software you can build, improve and learn from it”

Do not claim them as your own, give the credit its due. Respect the creator and designer.

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