A small selection about #silicon and place-and-route tools:
LibreSilicon - decentralizing semiconductor manufacturing
The nextpnr FOSS FPGA place-and-route tool
Where can you download, modify and share a silicon IP block just like you do, say, with gcc?
The licenses of mainstream proprietary silicon CAD tools explicitly forbid publishing anything created with them. This is partially due to keep algorithms, such as place-and-route, more secret.
It is like writing a book with a proprietary word processor and then not having permission to publish it for not revealing how the grammar checker works.
Free silicon requires free CAD tools.
We are proud to announce the birth of the Free Silicon Foundation (https://f-si.org)!
We organize a conference in Paris, March 14-16 2019, to promote:
1. Free and Open Source (FOS) CAD tools for designing #VLSI circuits
2. the sharing of hardware designs
3. common standards
4. the freedom of users in the context of #silicon technology
Program and submissions: