An anonymous reader writes "The 32 bit OpenRISC CPU has been available for many FPGAs and was turned into a commercial ASIC in 2003 http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/03/12/08/2326236/Open-Source-Finally-Hits-Real-Silicon. Now, the OpenCores community is asking for donations to create a new ASIC with the openrisc cpu, ethernet, PCI, UART, USB and other peripherals. The goal is to be able to sell these ASICs at a low price to anyone who wants to build a cheap embedded system built completely on open source. The OpenRISC currently runs on linux 2.6.37 and has ports of gcc 4.5.1 among other things."
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