Arrow Electronics joins open-source software company Linaro

Arrow Electronics has announced that it has joined Linaro, the not-for-profit engineering organisation that consolidates and optimises open-source software for ARM applications. Arrow is the first Linaro collaborator with both hardware-design and distribution capabilities. 

“Arrow is excited to bring its best-in-class design engineering services, comprehensive product offerings and unparalleled global supply chain relationships to Linaro’s open-source community,” said Aiden Mitchell, vice president of semiconductor marketing for Arrow. “Arrow is always thinking five years out to help guide innovation forward, and joining Linaro is very much in line with that mission. We look forward to working with the Linaro community to accelerate the pace of innovation for the ARM processor market.”

Arrow will collaborate with its supplier and manufacturer network to design a range of standardised, open-source boards for the Linaro 96boards.org community. These low-cost, high-performance hardware designs would be accessible to an even greater number of software developers, as well as the maker community and embedded product manufacturers—effectively widening the pool of ARM innovators, accelerating the pace of their architecture innovations and reducing their time to market. 

“96Boards is building a single software and hardware community across low-cost development boards based on ARM Cortex-A processors from multiple silicon vendors,” said Rob Booth, Linaro chief operating officer. “Ensuring reliable hardware production and distribution is key to developing this community and we’re confident that Arrow joining as the first 96Boards Manufacturing Distributor Partner will accelerate this initiative.”

Linaro facilitates rapid industry innovation by using shared resources to engineer common software elements for the ARM architecture. This collaborative approach enables Linaro members to focus more of their own resources on product differentiation and innovation. The full scope of Linaro’s engineering work is open to all online. 

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