I wish to design and sell a development board. The design would be open-sourced, but I need a controller as my SoC. Which all microcontroller manufacturers, apart from atmel, allow me to commercialize the board based on their product?


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    \$\begingroup\$ Any of the microcontroller manufacturers will allow you to sell a board with their product on, that's why they make them. \$\endgroup\$ – Colin Jan 11 at 10:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ So if I make a development board for a controller which already has a board(mine has customized peripherals), it doesn't violate any rule? Do I need to share my design with the IC manufacturer? \$\endgroup\$ – Pankajkumar Jan 11 at 11:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ As Colin has mentioned, component manufacturers have no control over what you do with their components themselves. That's like a farm refusing to let you buy eggs because you plan to sell cakes. You don't need to share your design with the IC manufacturer but seeing as you're making it open-source isn't that a moot point? \$\endgroup\$ – Doodle Jan 11 at 11:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks @Doodle. What I meant was whether the manufacturer has a say on my product. I simply didn't want to have my efforts wasted if the semiconductor giants have a say on my product. Thanks again. \$\endgroup\$ – Pankajkumar Jan 11 at 11:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ Atmel was never behind Arduino, their business is selling circuits, not boards. Though they are no doubt thankful for the hype, allowing them to sell their 1980s technology for 10 more years. \$\endgroup\$ – Lundin Jan 11 at 12:12