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Apicula

Open source tools for working with Gowin FPGAs

Only a few years ago, you could only program FPGAs with the proprietary tools provided by the vendors, locking you into that ecosystem and its features and bugs. But open source FPGA tools have been making great strides, and there are now mature open source synthesis and PnR tools, namely Yosys and Nextpnr. However, only Lattice FPGAs are currently well supported, still de facto locking you into a single vendor. There are a few other projects, such as Apicula, that target other FPGAs, but none of them are feature complete and of production quality. The goal here is to take Apicula to the next level, where it goes from an experimental flow for FOSS enthusiasts to a production ready tool, finally and truly breaking FPGA vendor lock-in.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.

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