Libre Silicon

Free semiconductors for everyone

We develop a free (as in freedom, not as in free of charge) and open source semiconductor manufacturing process standard, including a full mixed signal PDK, and provide a quick, easy and inexpensive way for manufacturing. No NDAs will be required anywhere to get started, making it possible to build the designs in your basement if you wish so. We are aiming to revolutionize the market by breaking through the monopoly of proprietary closed source manufacturers!

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Opening the market

Today there is no inexpensive and easy way for SMEs, startups and hobbyists to develop their own ASICs and bringing them to the market. All the silicon manufacturing nowadays is in the hands of a few big companies which play their monopoly of lone capability of manufacturing microchips by charging around 20'000 USD per prototype and letting an engineer wait for months until she/he can test her/his design physically. Additionally the EDA tools for designing chips are unaffordable for most start ups. We intend to change that!

Auditable chips solving security concerns

Since at least the introduction of the Intel management engine the concerns about the trustworthyness of our CPUs is raising. By providing a fully open process and technology node which allows to publish the entire layout on GitHub, the doors for entirely free CPU platforms are being pushed open which allow for a full security audit down to the transistor level. Which means no more possible hidden hardware backdoors for intelligence agencies.

Global reproduciblity

We aim to specify the target parameters of test structures we provide, required for supporting the LibreSilicon technology. If met, it becomes possible to test any ASIC (CMOS *and* analog!) somewhere in Tokyo and then download the design from GitHub and manufacture it anywhere else in the world.

A free process

In order to democratize the semiconductor market and stop being at the mercy of big proprietary semiconductor manufacturers a standardized free manufacturing process needs to be introduced in order to easily exchange designs and silicon verify them anywhere on the globe. That's what we're doing.

News

Congress talk at the 35C3

11/14/2018: There will be a 1.5 hour talk about this project at Chaos Communication Congress 35c3.

Lightning talk at the 34c3

12/16/2017: There will be a lightning talk about this project at Chaos Communication Congress 34c3.

Hackathon at the C3D2

Free semiconductors for everyone
from: 2018-05-19 Sat 12h
until: 2018-05-21 Mon OpenEnd
Zentralwerk Riesaer Str. 32, 01127 Dresden
https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/4709923560

Members

Dave

David Lanzendörfer

Process Design

Studied electrical engineering but realized that there were no interesting jobs to be done in Switzerland. So he ventured out to China in order find his fortune there. In this new world he found all the thrilling engineering problems, he ever wanted to solve, and now tackles the final frontier: Semiconductor manufacturing.

david dot lanzendoerfer at libresilicon dot com

Andreas

Andreas Westerwick

Compiler Design

Programmer with 15 years experience. Computer science and math enthusiast. Strongly invested in decentralized systems. Haskell novice.

andreas dot westerwick at libresilicon dot com

Philipp

Philipp Gühring

Software Design

Software developer for 25 years. Security and Cryptography enthusiast.

philipp dot guehring at libresilicon dot com

Hagen

Hagen Sankowski

Digital Design

In business for 20 years, worked for a Samsung subsidiary, later freelancing for Intel Mobile Communication, Infineon Chipcard, Globalfoundries and many others as ASIC Designer.

hsank at posteo dot de

Ferenc

Ferenc Éger

Analog Design

Electrical engineer, currently in the automotive sector. Previously worked at Microchip Technology, and on custom-order system development projects (both HW and SW) since 2010. Studied microelectronics manufacturing and design at Budapest University of Technology.

eegerferenc at gmail dot com

Getting started

LibreSilicon tracker

Additional documents

The process

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