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Chips4Makers ASICs

[Chips4Makers ASICs]

Current scaling of micro-electronics is focused on improving power, performance and cost per device but with an exponentially increasing start-up cost related to the increased process complexity. For the design of custom chips currently expensive proprietary electronic design automation (EDA) tools need to be used and hefty license fees are due for blocks implementing specific functions like the CPU, USB etc. All this together makes custom chip development only accessible for high-volume production and proprietary designs. In this project a development version of the libre licensed Libre-RISC-V system-on-a-chip will be manufactured in a 0.18um process combined with development on the open source tools and open source chip building blocks to make this possible. Development on the free and open source tools will be focused on making them compatible with the selected process and the building block development will be focused on the so-called standard cell library, the IO library and the SRAM compiler. This project fits in the longer term goal of the Chips4Makers project to make low-volume custom chip production possible using mature process technologies and free and open source tool chains and building blocks. Purpose is to get innovation using custom chips within reach of small start-ups, makers and even hobbyists.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 PET 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 825310. Applications are still open, you can apply today.

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Deadline February 1st, 2020.