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Arm, WDC and Qualcomm Announce OpenChain Conformance Activities

Arm and Western Digital Corporation, Platinum Members of the OpenChain Project and key participants in the global supply chain, announce conformance with the OpenChain Specification. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Platinum Member and founding contributor of the OpenChain Project, announces expanded conformance to the latest version of the OpenChain Specification.

The OpenChain Project establishes trust in the open source from which software solutions are built. It accomplishes this by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines inflection points in business workflows where a compliance process, policy or training should exist to minimize the potential for errors and maximize the efficiency of bringing solutions to market. The companies involved in the OpenChain community number in the hundreds. The OpenChain Specification is being prepared for submission to ISO and evolution from a growing de facto standard into a formal standard.

“At its core, Arm is an intellectual property company and our business is built on respecting IP rights,” says Carolyn Herzog, executive vice president and general counsel at Arm.  “Open source license compliance is a key component of that effort, and Arm’s conformance with the OpenChain Specification demonstrates its commitment to be a leader in this area.  Through that leadership, we hope to encourage others to explore this path as a mechanism for license compliance.”

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“Qualcomm Technologies has been engaged with the OpenChain Project since its inception,” says Dave Marr, Chair of the OpenChain Governing Board and Vice President and Legal Counsel, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Our goal has always been to ensure open source compliance is accessible to all sizes of organizations and to support an efficient, transparent supply chain. By becoming OpenChain Specification 2.0 Conformant, we are underlining our commitment to continual improvement as a company and our broader support of great open source compliance processes across the industry.”

“We are excited at the evolution of the OpenChain Project over the last two years and particularly at its growing acceptance in the industry,” says Alan Tse, Associate General Counsel at Western Digital. “Working with other industry leaders to develop OpenChain has been an important initiative for Western Digital. It will be a key resource for compliance that also furthers the open source spirit of joint sharing and learning.  By conforming to the OpenChain Specification, we hope to lead by example, build momentum throughout our supply chain, and show our commitment to open source as a community and ecosystem.”

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“Arm, Qualcomm and Western Digital have been pivotal in bringing the OpenChain Project to maturity,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “Our announcement today underlines both their continued commitment to our industry standard and a further illustration of its suitability for companies of different sizes in different markets. This is also excellently illustrated by the pioneering activity of Qualcomm in pursuing conformance with the latest version of the OpenChain Specification. We look forward to our next steps, including the evolution of our de facto standard into a formal ISO standard, and the continued growth of the OpenChain community of conformance.”

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