Solid-State Circuits Directions (SSCD) is a new technical committee within the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (related article). Its charter is to promote forward-looking topics, build new communities and stimulate interaction with others. Following SSCD’s inaugural event on hardware security, the upcoming workshop will look at the new movement toward an open-source ecosystem for integrated circuit design.
Over the past several decades, society has strongly benefited from free and open-source software. More recently, the open-source spirit has expanded to hardware and has energized a new maker community that tinkers with embedded systems at the printed circuit board level. Groundbreaking developments have now also opened the door toward democratizing integrated circuit design.
Last year, Google, SkyWater and efabless have partnered to launch a shuttle program based on SkyWater’s SKY130 open-source process (130 nm CMOS). This technology is offered to the open community along with a complete design flow to enable designers to implement their ideas. This workshop will provide an overview of this program and highlight upcoming opportunities to benefit from it. Finally, it will showcase specific design work delivered by the community members and articulate a call to action for volunteers to design, teach and mentor.
7:00 AM PT- Welcome & Introductions (Boris Murmann, Stanford University)
7:05 AM PT- Fully open source manufacturable PDK for a 130nm process (Tim Ansell, Google)
7:35 AM PT- 45 Chips in 30 Days: Open Source ASIC at its best! (Mohamed Kassem, efabless)
7:55 AM PT- Design 1: Open Source eFPGA implementation in SKY130 (Xifan Tang, University of Utah)
8:25 AM PT- Design 2: Amateur Radio Satellite Transceiver (Thomas Parry, SystematIC Design)
8:55 AM PT- Call to Action: Need volunteers to design, teach and mentor
9:00 AM PT- Adjourn