Singleboard/SOC based products and IP laws for a small company


I run a small business in custom software development in Canada, and I think it has gotten to the point where I can release my own product. My question has to do with using existing singleboards/SOC's in a new product design, and the licensing problems that come along with this. To be more precise, I would like to use a CuBox in a product that I can sell to the general public. Is this possible, or should I design my own SOC for this purpose to avoid IP issues? Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks beforehand.

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asked May 8 '12 at 03:03
Super Tron
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Upfront IANAL - so it would be worth asking one.

It seems that solid-run is in the business of delivering a armada 500 soc packaged solution (but they have not delivered it in volume as of yet) so it is likely they "want" you to use their product to deliver a solution to your customers. Since we don't know exactly what your product is, and whether it requires all the functionality that the CuBox intends to deliver - its difficult to determine fit.

Since the OS stack is open source, and there is no mention of licensing restrictions on the CuBox site, I would send a question regarding commercial use / restrictions / licensing on their site (or sales@) and see how they respond.

Designing your own SOC allows you to get exactly what functionality you require for your app ... at the expense of a higher engineering cost upfront until the volume increases that the BOM (bill of materials) + internal support is cheaper
than an COTs solution. That probably would be the bigger concern here vs. licensing costs - but without product understanding, its just a guess.

Good luck with your effort.

answered May 8 '12 at 03:54
Jim Galley
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