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!
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.
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.
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.
11/14/2018: There will be a 1.5 hour talk about this project at Chaos Communication Congress 35c3.
12/16/2017: There will be a lightning talk about this project at Chaos Communication Congress 34c3.
Free semiconductors for everyone
from: 2018-05-19 Sat 12h
until: 2018-05-21 Mon OpenEnd
Zentralwerk Riesaer Str. 32, 01127 Dresden
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
Software developer for 25 years. Security and Cryptography enthusiast.
philipp dot guehring at libresilicon dot com
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
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