List of open-source computing hardware

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Open-source computing hardware comprises computers and computer components with an open design. They are designed as open-source hardware using open-source principles.

Partially open-source hardware[edit]

Hardware that uses closed source components


Single-board computers[edit]

  • Tinkerforge RED Brick, executes user programs and controls other Bricks/Bricklets standalone
Motorola 68000 series[edit]
National Semiconductor NS320xx series[edit]
  • HiFive1 is an Arduino-compatible development kit featuring the Freedom E310, the industry's first commercially available RISC-V SoC[3]
  • HiFive Unleashed "is a Linux development platform for SiFive’s Freedom U540 SoC, the world’s first 4+1 64-bit multi-core Linux-capable RISC-V SoC."[4]
  • HiFive Unmatched is a mini-ITX motherboard that features "a SiFive FU740 processor coupled with 8 GB DDR4 memory and 32 MB SPI Flash. It comes with a 4x USB 3.2 ports and a 16x PCIe expansion slot."[5]


Notebook computers[edit]

Handhelds, palmtops, and smartphones[edit]

Respects Your Freedom certified[edit]

Fully open-source hardware[edit]

Hardware that has no closed source dependencies


  • Freeduino – an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple I/O board and a development environment that implements the open source Processing / Wiring language. Also clones of this platform including Freeduino.
  • Tinkerforge – a platform comprising stackable microcontrollers for interfacing with sensors and other I/O devices.




Instruction sets[edit]


  • Bug Labs, a US technology company that began by developing and selling open-source hardware peripherals for rapid prototyping of electronics
  • LowRISC, a non-profit organization that aims to develop open hardware
  • M-Labs, developers of the Milkymist system on a chip
  • Open Compute Project, an organization for sharing designs of data center products among companies
  • Open Graphics Project, a project that aims to design a standard open architecture for graphics cards
  • OpenCores, a loose community of designers that supports open-source cores (logic designs) for CPUs, peripherals and other devices. OpenCores maintains an open-source on-chip interconnection bus specification called Wishbone
  • OpenHW Group is a not-for-profit organization for hardware/software collaboration to generate production-ready open cores and related tooling infrastructure[15]
  • OpenRISC is a group of developers working to produce a very-high-performance open-source RISC CPU.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Katherine Noyes. "Tiny $57 PC is like the Raspberry Pi, but faster and fully open". PCWorld. 2012.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "HiFive1: Open Source, Arduino-Compatible RISC-V Dev Kit". Crowd Supply. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  4. ^ "SiFive HiFive Unleashed Getting Started Guide" (PDF). SiFive. SiFive, Inc. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ "SiFive launches HiFive Unmatched mini-ITX motherboard for RISC-V PC's". cnx-software. cnx-software. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Hardware documentation". cz.nic. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Novena". Crowd Supply.
  8. ^ "The Almost Completely Open Source Laptop Goes on Sale". Wired. 2 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Novena Helps Hackers Build Their Own Laptop".
  10. ^ Holbrook, Stett (April 2, 2014). "The World's First Open Source Laptop Makes Its Debut". Make. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  11. ^ "Twibright Labs - Ronja".
  12. ^ "ZPU - the worlds [sic] smallest 32 bit CPU with GCC toolchain :: Overview". OpenCores.
  13. ^ "J-Core Open Processor". Retrieved Jun 19, 2016.
  14. ^ j-core Design Walkthrough (PDF). Embedded Linux Conference. San Diego. 6 April 2016. Retrieved Jun 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "OpenHW Group". Retrieved Jan 12, 2021.

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