Your jobs board helped me find work at a company that is about to release some really cool open source hardware! The attached picture is part of what I worked on in Eagle. Named Rockhopper, It is an eight-layer PCB that breaks out nearly all of an OMAP’s I/O, easing the layout requirements for applications needing a computer at its core. For instance, the demonstration, Beagleboard-like, carrier board is only four layers. We have plans to release another demonstration board that can handle up to 9 axis of simultaneous stepper motor control. In discussions with customers its greatest appeal is that it is open source: if we, the company, go out of business or somehow ceased to exist, customers would be able to find another source of the board without having to redesign their entire product line. Of course, margins are pretty slim when it comes to hardware like this that will be integrated into other hardware, so what we are really selling is support and engineering.
So, I guess this is my thanks to Adafruit for helping bring a new OSHW project to completion and helping me find a place that pays me to design OSHW. I hope to see Adafruit at the OSHW Summit.
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