Prpl Foundation was formed back in 2014 by Imagination Technologies Group plc together with several fabless chip companies to deliver open-source software and resources for the MIPS processor architecture. It has served a similar function to that performed by Linaro for the ARM architecture and community.
Vodafone joins Prpl with the intent to accelerate the harmonization of software platforms for in-home devices like routers in order to foster innovation in the digital home and smart gateways. Vodafone's head of fixed devices, connectivity and security, Enrique Marti del Olmo, will join the Prpl board of directors, Prpl’s carrier interest group and the PrplWrt Working Group to help make routers more open, interoperable and secure.
"With the formation of our carrier interest group last year, we set out to strengthen the ties between telecommunications carriers, major chipset vendors and key open-source developers such as those in the OpenWrt community," said Art Swift, president of the Prpl Foundation, in a statement. "Vodafone's engineers have been closely following the work of our carrier interest group and PrplWrt working group for many months, and now with Vodafone's active participation and planned open-source contributions, we expect the pace of innovation to accelerate."
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