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

theguardian.com/world/2021/jul
clamour-for-investigations-into-use-of-nso-spyware

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

Due to COVID, the Free Silicon Conference 2021 will not take place physically, but it will be replaced by online talks and interviews.

On Tuesday July 13 at 18:30 (Central European Time) join the interview on bbb.f-si.org with Matthias Koefferlein, the developer of klayout.org and participate to the discussion.

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

elektronikpraxis.vogel.de/folg

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

Due to COVID, the Free Silicon Conference 2021 will not take place physically, but it will be replaced by online talks and interviews.

Next Thursday (June 10) at 10:00 (Central European Time) join the interview on bbb.f-si.org with Staf Verhaegen of Chips4Makers (chips4makers.io/) and participate to the discussion.

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

nlnet.nl/news/2021/20210507-NG

Streaming is via BigBlueButton and does not require registration.

The third Free Conference () has been postponed to 2021
because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the teaser for FSiC2021!
f-si.org/fsic2021/page1.html

" from 2011 to 2019 vulnerable to two new attacks"

zdnet.com/article/amd-processo

"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 ."

mlq.me/download/takeaway.pdf

@dredmorbius

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 experts [..] to **crack** the pattern."

"The intelligence coup of the century"

For decades, the read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries exploiting backdoors in silicon chips.

washingtonpost.com/graphics/20

Free and open-source silicon will allow everybody to audit the full chip design, from netlists down to layout.

Keep up with Free silicon!

The Free Silicon Foundation adopts a different funding model than and promotes independence.

We think that certain sponsorships are problematic not only because of an evident conflict of interest (e.g. vs ), but also because they induce some people and/or organizations like our not to attend , therefore impacting, among others, the plurality of views on topics which can be as delicate as licences (2020.copyleftconf.org).

@aral @xerz

We did not suspect that Google is since 2013 not only **a** sponsor, but **the main** sponsor, of the Free Software Foundation Europe @fsfe :
fsfe.org/donate/thankgnus-2013 . Thanks for the hint!

This is like if ExxonMobil was financing Greenpeace.

Just like for the SFC @conservancy above, we removed the from the white paper.


@aral

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 (sfconservancy.org/blog/?author).

Since an involvement of Google conflicts with our standards (as stated in our statute wiki.f-si.org/index.php/F-Si_S), we have removed the SFC from the white paper. Anyhow, they have not provided any feedback to it.

We prepared a white paper for the containing recommendations about as encouraged last November:

wiki.f-si.org/index.php/White_

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
* gpl-violations.org
* commonsnetwork.eu

What are the limitations of existing free and open-source (FOS) electronic design automation () 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 () which will be held in Zurich on June 4-6 2020.

More info at:
wiki.f-si.org/index.php/FSiC20

Picture: the Raven chip of Tim Edwards
peertube.f-si.org/videos/watch

The third Free Silicon Conference, , will take place in Zurich on June 4-6 2020.

It builds on top of the previous edition (FSiC2019), where 100+ experts and enthusiasts gathered together to discuss how to design free/libre silicon chips.

To get involved visit:
wiki.f-si.org/index.php/FSiC20

The submission window opens on January 1st and participation is free of charge.

The European Commission is organizing a "Workshop about the future of Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware", Brussels, November 14-15 2019:

ec.europa.eu/digital-single-ma

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
peertube.f-si.org/videos/watch

* Gnu Circuit Analysis Package (GnuCap), by Al Davis
peertube.f-si.org/videos/watch

* Converting 45nm transistor netlists to open standards, by Thomas Benz
peertube.f-si.org/videos/watch

Which foundries are the most friendly to open-source? Is there an open-source ?

Kholdoun Torki of Circuits-Multi-Projects (mycmp.fr/) provided a great overview:

"Towards Foundry PDKs on Free CAD Tools"
peertube.f-si.org/videos/watch

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