What is OpenChain and Why are Manufacturers Jumping On-board?

by Nicolette Emmino

Today, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation announced its conformance with the OpenChain standard for open source compliance in the supply chain. This step builds on two years of deep collaboration between Sony group companies and the OpenChain Project in Japan, Taiwan and globally. It also marks another milestone in the adoption of OpenChain across multiple industries and supports increased efficiency for managing open source licenses inside and between companies.

But what is OpenChain? And why are companies like Sony Semiconductor getting involved.

Openchain is an open source distributed ledger technology. It is suited for organizations wishing to issue and manage digital assets in a robust, secure and scalable way.

Using the technology, anyone can spin up a new  instance. The administrator of an OpenChain instance defines the rules of the ledger.  End-users can then exchange value on the ledger according to those rules. Just like with Bitcoin, every transaction on the ledger is digitally signed.

The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements. The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain.

“As a global leader of imaging & sensing technology, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation has built a quality management system including OSS license compliance so that our customers can use our products and services with confidence,” says Dai Sugimoto, Quality Officer of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation. “The Quality Assurance Department manages OSS compliance, traceability, and vulnerabilities in all products and services, independent of product development teams. Also all software staff has been trained to understand OSS license compliance issues and to comply with the resulting obligations. We support the OpenChain project because our activities are in alignment with the project. Sony Corporation has been involved with the OpenChain project since 2017 as a Platinum member. We express our commitment to support a highly transparent supply chain for customers’ OSS compliance through our own OpenChain conformance.”

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