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We are proud to announce the birth of the Free Silicon Foundation (!

We organize a conference in Paris, March 14-16 2019, to promote:

1. Free and Open Source (FOS) CAD tools for designing circuits
2. the sharing of hardware designs
3. common standards
4. the freedom of users in the context of technology

Program and submissions:

2. unpublished files from the #Snowden archive (2013) reveal that the #NSA backdoored #Cavium, an American semiconductor company marketing Central Processing Units (CPUs):

Check out Gaëtan Cassiers from TU Graz presenting "Physical for implementations with open hardware" (

At min 10:05 he says "We develop it once, we evaluate it a lot and hopefully it is secure forever".

A RISC-V chip with with secret RTL (not to mention the layout) does not qualify as open-hardware. Otherwise MS Word would be open-source software just because it implements the Open Document Format (ODF).

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research () is announcing funding opportunities for open-source EDA development (careful: text in formal German only!):

i will be keynote speaking at Free Silicon Conference 2023 at Sorbonne University, Paris. The conference goes from July 10-12.

We are glad to announce the next edition of the Free Silicon Conference () which will be held in Paris on July 10,11,12 2023.

The tentative program is:

Please help us spreading the voice, and please propose or suggest ideas by answering this toot or by writing at fsic2023'at'

The EU proposal we submitted in October last year HAS BEEN ACCEPTED!!

It is a "Coordination and Support Action" for open-source chip development.

The full text of the submitted version can be downloaded at:

The project begins today.

During the "Grant Agreement" preparation some significant modifications were requested. In particular, F-Si is no longer the coordinator, but EDI in Latvia.

The Free Silicon Conference 2022 is over and most videos are available on:

Watch the keynote speech by Frank Karlitschek founder of
"Why Open Hardware and Open Software are necessary for our future":

@Karlitschek thanks again for your contribution!

The next Free Silicon Conference will be held in Paris on July 7,8,9 2022 (COVID permitting) and we need your help to reach out to new people!

We want to bring together followers of the free/libre chip idea, people who love sharing experience, code and tools.

Is there any name/entity you would like to see or to meet? If so, please drop us a note.

If your idea is not listed yet on you should definitely let us know!

We have submitted a proposal for a European call entitled "Coordination and Support Action (CSA) for Open Source Hardware for ultra-low-power, secure microprocessors":

Our proposal can be downloaded at:

We feel that sufficiently new ideas have been generated for justifying the publication. This will further increase the of the selection process.

If you have any comments please leave them below.

The affair shows that complex systems have backdoors that can be turned against everyone by malicious interests. This could affect hardware too.

The general discussion should nevertheless not drift away from the question about the (il-)legitimacy of such companies/government

An article in German entitled "Consequences of the US boycott: China builds up its own EDA industry "

By-the-way, the problem with EDA access touches Europe as well, and Free and Open Source is an alternative too.

Next week, Thursday May 18, follow the online session on the future of European open hardware, hosted by the Next Generation Internet (NGI)

Streaming is via BigBlueButton and does not require registration.

" from 2011 to 2019 vulnerable to two new attacks"

"With Collide+Probe, an attacker can monitor a victim’s memory accesses without knowledge of physical addresses or shared memory when time-sharing a logical core. With Load+Reload, we exploit the way predictor to obtain highly-accurate memory-access traces of victims on the same physical ."

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