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The idea of freely sharing technological information is not new.

Some say it even existed before computers. As open source has evolved, it has become the favored development model, allowing innovative companies to tap into worldwide intelligence so they can create products faster, among many other benefits.

The open source software movement continues growing. As source codes become more accessible and components become easier to obtain, developers are integrating them into producing medical devices, satellites, 3D printers, Virtual Reality (VR) gear, laptops and servers, to name a few. Meanwhile, enterprises — including Canon, HTC, LG Electronics, SEAGATE and TomTom — are realizing the value of this business model and joining our community.

Although the concept of open source remains more common in the software industry, it’s gaining traction in hardware. In 2016, the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHA) launched a certification program, declared October as Open Hardware Month and is credited with a widely-accepted definition, stating “open hardware whose design is made publicly available so anyone can study, modify, distribute, make and sell the design, or hardware based on that design.”

Industry News

Collaboration Leads to Better Outcomes
For over 30 years, SMART Technologies, Inc. — a leading provider of collaboration solutions — has helped educators and enterprises succeed all over the world. Known as the innovator of interactive whiteboards, displays and presentation clickers, the company introduced the world’s first “Smart Board®,” in 1991, developed and later patented its Digital Vision Touch technology (DViT), created the SMART Notebook® and invented the most popular collaborative learning software, as part of the SMART Learning Suite. SMART Technologies interconnected displays, software and accessories are used in more than 3 million classrooms.

One of Calgary, Canada’s largest non-oil and gas business success stories, SMART Technologies grew from a husband- and-wife startup into a global business with sales in 170 countries, and at one time, just under $800 million in annual revenues. The company — along with many others — experienced and survived, a downturn during the global recession. In 2016, Foxconn, a Taiwanese company which claims to be the largest electronics maker in the world, acquired SMART for $200 million with plans to position SMART for significant future growth.

Japanese-based Global Innovator Joins OIN
Canon Inc. is a leading multinational manufacturer specializing in imaging and optical products — from cameras, semiconductor lithography equipment, 3D machine vision systems, multi-media projectors, broadcast equipment, digital radiography, optical technologies and next generation devices — for consumers and businesses throughout the world.

Behind the company’s 80-year history and business evolution, Canon has touched the lives of most individuals in some way, shape or form. The enterprising spirit on which the Venture Capital (VC) business began. coupled with its relentless drive to distinguish itself through technology, Canon continues to provide society with new advances. In order to do that well, Canon is tapping the best minds in the world to contribute to its open source projects and has joined our community, demonstrating its commitment to open source software as an enabler of innovation.

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ASUS Demonstrates its Passion for Technology and Desire for Innovation
ASUS began as an idea during a coffee shop conversation in Taipei, Taiwan, where a few engineers discussed their dream to create a “small and beautiful company.” Since its establishment in 1989, the company has expanded its portfolio to include desktops, laptops, netbooks, mobile phones, networking equipment, monitors, Wi-Fi routers, projectors, motherboards, graphics cards, optical storage, multimedia products, peripherals, wearables, servers, workstations and tablets.

As a multinational company dedicated to designing and building next-generation smart technologies to enhance the lives of people everywhere, ASUS operates approximately 50 service locations across 32 countries and has over 400 service partners worldwide. Among its accolades, ASUS has been recognized as a “Global 2000: Top Regarded Companies” for the second-consecutive year by Forbes, listed as one of the “Top 100 Global Technology Leaders” by Thomson Reuters, named one of “The World’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune Magazine, appeared in Business Week’s “InfoTech 100,” ranked in “Asia’s Top 10 Information Technology Companies,” and was acknowledged as one of Taiwan’s “Top 10 Global Brands” by Interbrand.

Open Source Technologies Help Wacom Deliver Superior User Experiences on Tablets and Personal Computer
Wacom Co, Ltd. — a member of our open source community — is the world’s top manufacturer of graphics tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. Its technologies have created some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs across the globe by providing business and individuals with leading interface technology which allow customers to express their personalities.

Headquartered in Kazo, Saitama, Japan, in 1983, Wacom now opearates subsidiaries and affiliate offices in over 150 countries. It also distributes its products through Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) serving incremental markets. Wacom Feel IT Technologies also provides an integrated solution for strategic partners.

Pure Storage Joins the Open Source Movement and Open Invention Network
Pure Storage develops all-flash data storage hardware and software products, some of which embrace open source technologies. Founded in 2009 in Mountain View, California, Pure Storage developed its products in stealth mode until 2011. Afterwards, the company grew in revenues by about 50% per quarter, raised more than $470 million in Venture Capital (VC) funding, and went public in 2015.

Initially, Pure Storage developed software for storage controllers and used generic flash storage hardware. Today, it creates products specifically for use with Artificial Intelligence (AI) software.

Kontron Provides Secure And Innovative Applications With Open Source Technologies
Kontron — a trusted advisor of the Internet of Things (IoT) and global leader in Embedded Computing Technology (ECT) — has continued to transform industries with current technology advancements for over six decades.

As a part of the technology group, S&T, Kontron AG is a German-based multinational company offering a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for IoT, as well as Industry 4.0 applications. Its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly-reliable, modern technologies includes embedded computer modules, boards and systems for businesses, system integrators, application providers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in a variety of worldwide market segments.

Why Open Source Makes Sense for SEAGATE Data Management Solutions
Through direct engagement with customers and open source communities, SEAGATE believes it’s better positioned to develop products which embrace changes in cloud architectures and set new standards for lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), as well as higher productivity. Focused on creating better ways to take advantage of intrinsic capabilities of storage devices, while leveraging its system design and engineering capabilities, SEAGATE understands new technology solutions industries will bring to market must be a collaborative effort among suppliers, partners and end-customers. As a key contributor to such open innovation, it only made since for SEAGATE to become an Open Invention Network (OIN) member.

Originally an American-based company which began in 1978 as Shugart Technology and incorporated as SEAGATE Technology in 2010 in Dublin, Ireland, SEAGATE is recognized as a trailblazer in the data storage industry. For over 40 years, the company has facilitated continued growth with its breakthrough Hard Drives (HD), Solid State Drives (SDD), systems and recovery services. In fact, SEAGATE introduced the first 5.25” Hard Disk Drive (HDD) in 1980 and continues to dominate the market today.

Leading International Electronics Company Enhances the OIN Ecosystem
JVCKENWOOD — a global manufacturer in a variety of global markets in which open source plays a pivotal role — continues to demonstrate its commitment to collaboration and Intellectual Property (IP) non-aggression by joining our community. The company is also a member of the Linux Foundation and its Automotive Grade Linux (AG) collaborative open source project to accelerate rapid innovation and delivery of the connected car.

Headquartered in Yokohoma, Japan, the enterprise was reborn in October 2011 following the merger of Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and Kenwood Corp. (Kenwood) three years after management integration. JVCKENWOOD develops and manufactures products and services for the car electronics, professional systems, home and mobile electronics, as well as for the entertainment businesses.

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Inspiring Best-In-Class, Game-Changing Design, HTC Is An Open Source Advocate
HTC Corporation aims “to bring brilliance to life,” and to accomplish its mission, relies on the brightest talent in the world and open source technologies. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and is credited with many industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including its critically-acclaimed HTC U and Desire smartphones.

A consumer electronics company headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan, and member of our open source community, HTC got its start as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) which designed and manufactured laptop computers. Today, HTC is embracing open source and creating game-changing mobile and Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for consumers around the world. The company’s latest invention, HTC VIVE, is the first-of-its-kind VR platform, built and optimized for room-scale and true-to-life VR interactions, creating the strongest ecosystem for VR hardware and software, making it accessible to consumers, developers and enterprises alike.

LG Electronics Advance Its Philosophy Of Open Platform, Open Partnership And Open Connectivity
Because life waits for no one, LG Electronics, Inc. creates consumer electronics, appliances and mobile devices designed to help costumers connect with others. From cooking, sharing photos, watching movies, or simply staying connected on-the-go, LG products offer innovative solutions to make “Life Good.” Known for its intuitive, responsive controls, sleek, stylish designs and eco-friendly features, LG owns five companies — Home Appliance & Air Solution, Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Vehicle Component Solutions and Business Solutions.

A global, technology innovator and world-leading manufacturer of TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines and mobile devices, including its Signature and ThinQ products with Artificial Intelligence (AI), LG is a South Korean multinational electronics company headquartered in Yeouido-dong, Seoul, South Korea, with operations in 140 locations and a worldwide workforce of over 70,000 people.

Open Source Helps Quantum Leverage Video and Rich Media Assets To “Power What’s Next”
As a proven industry leader in storing and managing video content, Quantum delivers top streaming performance for video and rich media applications, along with the lowest cost, highest-density cold storage solutions for cloud infrastructures.

Quantum technology and services help more than 100,000 customers — from small businesses to global enterprises, including leading entertainment companies, sports franchises, researchers, government agencies and cloud providers —capture, create and share digital content, as well as preserve and protect it for decades. Open source technologies allows Quantum to build solutions for every stage of the data lifecycle and its platform to provide the fastest performance for high-resolution video, images and industrial Internet of Things (IoT).

TomTom Provides Real-Time Traffic Information For Cars, Mobile Devices, Sports Watches and Action Cameras
A Dutch Netherlands multinational developer and creator of navigation technology and consumer electronics, TomTom International uses open source software in its products, is committed to supporting open source development and joined our community in 2010. For each product TomTom distributes, the company provides source attribution, where applicable, and publishes relevant parts of source code for its products when required by its open source license terms.

From its establishment in 1991 through 1996, TomTom developed Business-to-Business (B2B) applications, including meter and bar-code reading technologies. Shifting its focus to Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) software for consumers, TomTom introduced early mapping software such as EnRoute, Citymaps and Routeplanner. The company released its first navigation product, TomTom Navigator, in 2002, for Windows CE-powered PDAs, bundled with a car cradle and Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. In 2004, it introduced TomTom GO, an all-in-one device, and launched its first satellite Personal Navigation Device (PND), creating a new consumer electronics category.

  • What the industry is saying…

    Open source technology, especially Linux, has led to profound increases in capabilities across a number of key industries, while increasing overall product and service efficiency. By joining Open Invention Network, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to innovation, and supporting it with patent non-aggression in Linux.
    Hideki SanatakeExecutive Officer, Deputy Group Executive of Corporate Intellectual Properties & Legal, Canon

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