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Why Become a Member of OpenHW Group?


Key Services of the Eclipse Foundation

The OpenHW Group works closely with the Eclipse Foundation to deliver these key services to our members:

Development Process based on Industry Best Practice

Our staff guide OpenHW members in the best-practice Eclipse Development Process, already proven in many open-source Eclipse Foundation projects, and applied to open-source hardware development by OpenHW Group.

IP Management

We use the Apache 2.0, Solderpad 2.0, and the Eclipse Public License (EPL) as proven frameworks for open source hardware and software licensing. Our IP team applies world class expertise in IP provenance validation, vital for open-source projects.

Ecosystem Development and Marketing

Our Marketing Working Group works to bring CORE-V technologies and developments to the fore through conferences, OpenHW TV, and marketing events with members.

IT Infrastructure

We leverage the vendor-neutral, reliable and scalable technology infrastructure of the Eclipse Foundation to deliver source code repositories, CI infrastructure, mailing lists, messaging platforms, and other tools. These enable a seamless, effective open-source experience for our members.

Membership at OpenHW Group

OpenHW Group offers four levels of membership: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Supporter.

Platinum Member

Platinum members view participation in OpenHW Group and the development of a global ecosystem of open-source, industrial-quality processor IP as strategic to their business, and they play a leading role in all aspects of OpenHW Group. They invest significant developer and other resources to advance OpenHW technology, capabilities and scope, while leading technology projects and technical/industry committees. Platinum Member benefits:

  • An employee is eligible for board-seat elections.
  • Employees are eligible to serve as Chair or Vice Chair of committees.
  • Entitled to cast one vote on any matter presented to the Members (including the election of directors).
  • Employees are entitled to join and make technical contributions to all OpenHW Group technical committees and projects.
  • Entitled through their OpenHW Group and Eclipse Foundation memberships to join the OpenHW Asia and OpenHW Europe Working Groups.
  • Receive a complementary Eclipse Foundation Contributing Membership.

Gold Member

Gold members play a prominent and leading role in the development of OpenHW Group's global ecosystem of open-source, industrial-quality processor IP. They invest significant developer resources while leading OpenHW technology projects and chairing technical committees. Gold Member benefits:

  • Employees are eligible to serve as Chair or Vice Chair of committees.
  • Entitled to cast one vote on any matter presented to the Members (including the election of directors).
  • Employees are entitled to join and make technical contributions to all OpenHW Group technical committees and projects.
  • Entitled through their OpenHW Group and Eclipse Foundation memberships to join the OpenHW Asia and OpenHW Europe Working Groups.
  • Receive a complementary Eclipse Foundation Contributing Membership.

Silver Member

Associate Members are organizations that participate in and want to show support for the Eclipse Foundation ecosystem. Many research and educational institutions choose to join as an Associate Member. Associate membership benefits include:

  • Opportunity to join and participate on all Eclipse public mailing lists, and to attend Members meetings.
  • Ability to join select Eclipse Working Groups as a Guest Member.
  • The opportunity to attend all meetings of the General Assembly.
  • Opportunity to show support for the Eclipse Foundation by displaying the Eclipse Foundation Member logo.

Supporter Member

Supporter members show their support for OpenHW Group's global ecosystem of open-source, industrial-quality processor IP through their active participation in all matters other than technical contribution.Supporter Member benefits:

  • Entitled to cast one vote on any matter presented to the Members (including the election of directors).
  • Employees are entitled to join all OpenHW Group technical committees and projects.
  • Entitled to join the OpenHW Asia and OpenHW Europe Working Groups subject to also becoming Eclipse Foundation Contributing Members.

Membership Fees

The Membership Annual Fee Chart based on membership levels is provided below for illustration purposes only. Please see the OpenHW Group Membership Agreement for full details.

Annual Corporate Revenues
and Number of Employees
Annual Membership Fees ($) / Active Contributors (AC)
PlatinumGoldSilverSupporter
> $3 billion or > 5000 employees$250K / (3)$125K / (2)$75K / (1.5)$75K
< $3 billion or < 5000 employees$200K / (2.5)$100K / (2)$50K / (1.5)$50K
< $1 billion or < 2000 employees$150K / (2)$75K / (1.5)$37.5K / (1)$37.5K
< $500 million or < 1000 employees$100K / (1)$50K / (1)$25K / (1)$25K
< $100 million or < 500 employees$50K / (1)$25K / (1)$10K / (1)$10K
< $10 million or < 100 employees$25K / (0.5)$10K / (0.5)$5K / (0.5)$5K
< $1 million or < 10 employees$10K$5K$1K$1K
Govt, Govt agencies, NGOs, etc.$25K$10K$5K$5K
Academic, Research or Publishing Organizations, etc.$10K$5K$1K$1K

How to Become a Member

To become a member, follow these steps below:

Once you have chosen the level of membership (e.g., Platinum, Gold, Silver, Supporter):

  1. Complete and sign the Membership Application Form
  2. Complete and sign the Membership Agreement
  3. Complete and sign the Member Committer and Contributor Agreement (optional, but recommended)
  4. Email us the signed documents, including the Membership Agreement, the Membership Application, and optionally, the Member Committer and Contributor Agreement

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