“The idea of an “heirloom laptop” may sound preposterous today, but someday we may perceive our computers as cherished and useful looms to hand down to our children, much as some people today regard wristwatches or antique furniture.
This slowing of Moore’s Law portends a bright future for many small businesses—and likewise for open-hardware practices. <…>

So in the future, programming multicore processors and configuring FPGAs could reach parity in terms of the effort required. Should that come to pass, many more gadgets will surely be built with FPGAs. And when open-hardware companies switch to using FPGAs instead of CPUs, they will (by the very definition of “open”) share their hardware-description-language files, too. Others will then be free to reconfigure the circuitry, down to individual gates inside the FPGA. So the open-hardware movement could penetrate microelectronic design to a very deep level.”