Some news on the the OpenCore open source hardware community, these are “digital modules called ‘cores’, since FPGAs have reduced the incremental cost of a core to approximately zero” a lot of interest has sparked — OpenCores records 20,000 users and more @ EE Times….

OpenCores.org, a community developed around open-source hardware intellectual property (IP) blocks, announced it has passed the mark of 20,000 registered users, reflecting a growing interest for open-source hardware IP cores. OpenCores received a new impetus in November 2007 as ORSoC AB (Stockholm, Sweden), a design house that uses open hardware IP blocks, agreed to take over the OpenCores brand and website.

Launched in 1999 by Damjan Lampret, OpenCores said its website is now visited by about 70,000 engineers every month with everyone helping to contribute to the development and verification of the existing and new IP cores. The number of newly registered users is increasing by about 200 users a day, and OpenCores expects it will have over 50,000 registered users within the next six months.

Users, specified OpenCores, are FPGA and ASIC developers with many years of experience as well as users from major universities.

A redesigned website is due to be launched in November.