Arduino’s Violante Highlights Value of Open Source

Article By : Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio

Fabio Violante, CEO of Arduino, discusses the value and role of open source as well as the increased interactions between children and technology.

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on a simplified hardware and software management system. Arduino provides many boards for every design target, and one of its latest boards is Portenta for the industrial market. At its heart is STMicroelectronics’ microcontroller, with a dual-core Cortex-M7 and Cortex-M4 on the chip.

In this video interview with EE Times Europe, Fabio Violante, CEO of Arduino, discusses the value and role of open source as well as the increased interactions between children and technology.

“There’s a lot of talking about open source, but not all the people understand very well what open source means, in many cases, it is sort of a synonymous with free so people just misinterpret the this concept,” Violante said.

He continued, “Arduino is a strong believer in STEM and STEAM. We have a business unit in Sweden, one of our business units is Arduino Education, and it’s is completely dedicated to support curricular activities and extracurricular activities for teachers and school. And we have a bunch of products that are dedicated to helping teachers, digital products that that are companions to our physical products.”

Open source will play an important role not only for IoT-related hardware, but also to support the next evolution of smart grids. We live in a resource-constrained world, as Violante pointed out, so we need to become better citizens. Open source can help in many ways, from making products that have a longer lifespan and can be reinvented over time without generating as much waste as they do today, to improving energy management, providing an easy way for people to use less energy and generate it from renewable sources.

This article was originally published on EE Times Europe.

Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio holds a Ph.D. in Physics and is a telecommunication engineer and journalist. He has worked on various international projects in the field of gravitational wave research. He collaborates with research institutions to design data acquisition and control systems for space applications. He is the author of several books published by Springer, as well as numerous scientific and technical publications on electronics design.

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