RS Components has launched a new initiative aimed at design engineers. The ‘Open Source Design Centre’ is a comprehensive free guide to open source electronics design hosted on, the company’s online resource for electronics design engineers.

The guide brings together all of the elements involved in open source design in a single reference point. Information covers matters ranging from open source licensing guidelines to advice on hardware and software management. The 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, 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.”


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