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 #Nextcloud
"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 #silicon 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 https://wiki.f-si.org/index.php/FSiC2019 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 #transparency of the selection process.
If you have any comments please leave them below.
The #Pegasus 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.
"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 #core."
* According to research, the operation ran until at least 2018 ("Die Operation lief gemäss Recherchen bis mindestens 2018")
Quoting the Washington Post:
* "Crypto’s shift to **electronic** products [..]. Foreign governments clamored for systems that seemed clearly superior to the old clunky mechanical devices but in fact were **easier** for U.S. spies to read."
* "a **circuit-based** system could be made to appear that it was producing endless streams of randomly generated characters, while in reality it would repeat itself at short enough intervals for #NSA experts [..] to **crack** the pattern."
"The intelligence coup of the century"
For decades, the #CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries exploiting backdoors in silicon chips.
Free and open-source silicon will allow everybody to audit the full chip design, from netlists down to layout.
Keep up #Freedom with Free silicon!
The Free Silicon Foundation adopts a different funding model than #FOSDEM and promotes independence.
We think that certain sponsorships are problematic not only because of an evident conflict of interest (e.g. #GAFAM vs #freedom), but also because they induce some people and/or organizations like our not to attend #FOSDEM, therefore impacting, among others, the plurality of views on topics which can be as delicate as licences (https://2020.copyleftconf.org).
We did not suspect that Google is since 2013 not only **a** sponsor, but **the main** sponsor, of the Free Software Foundation Europe @fsfe :
https://fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus-2013.en.html . Thanks for the hint!
This is like if ExxonMobil was financing Greenpeace.
We were not aware that @conservancy is financed by Google. Thanks for pointing this out!
The choice of including the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) in the paper was inspired by the role of Bradley M. Kuhn in the creation of the Affero GPL (https://sfconservancy.org/blog/?author=bkuhn).
Since an involvement of Google conflicts with our standards (as stated in our statute https://wiki.f-si.org/index.php/F-Si_Statute), we have removed the SFC from the white paper. Anyhow, they have not provided any feedback to it.
Please discuss it or endorse it by replying to this thread.
The paper will be delivered on January 31.
A first draft was shared in December with:
* april.org @aprilorg
* fsfe.org @fsfe
* fsf.org @fsf
* Aral Balkan @aral
* waag.org @waag
* sfconservancy.org @conservancy
What are the limitations of existing free and open-source (FOS) electronic design automation (#EDA) tools?
What is it missing to design a chip with 1+ Million gates?
Which will be the first foundry to open a process design kit (PDKs)?
These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the third Free Silicon Conference (#FSiC2020) which will be held in Zurich on June 4-6 2020.
More info at:
Picture: the Raven chip of Tim Edwards
#KiCad joins the Linux Foundation to advance electronic design automation
The European Commission is organizing a "Workshop about the future of Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware", Brussels, November 14-15 2019:
Online registration will close on November 6.
Is it possible to simulate transistors using open-source tools only?
How fast are the available solvers?
How hard is it to interface with existing PDKs?
The following talks provide very promising answers:
* ngspice - an open source mixed signal circuit simulator, by Holger Vogt
* Gnu Circuit Analysis Package (GnuCap), by Al Davis
* Converting 45nm transistor netlists to open standards, by Thomas Benz
Which foundries are the most friendly to open-source? Is there an open-source #PDK?
Kholdoun Torki of Circuits-Multi-Projects (https://mycmp.fr/) provided a great overview:
"Towards Foundry PDKs on Free CAD Tools"