Chips want to be free...
The Chips4Makers wants to make it possible for makers and hobbyists to make their own open source chips.
Currently the Retro-uC pilot project is being developed and being planned to be taped-out mid next year. Together with that design also some first customer chips could be produced.
If you have an open source digital (FPGA) design and envision turning it into your own chip,
you may contact us. The program is currently under beta meaning that the toolchain
is under heavy development and help and support from your side may be needed to get
it up to shape for your design. Also the tape-out date is not known yet and no guarantees
can be given that your design will be on that tape-out. Also due to the use of mature
process technologies there are restrictions on performance and size of the design.
A custom (analog) design can also be discussed if the designer is prepared to take the risk of non-functional silicon.
If these boundary conditions don't scare you away please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your project and we will discuss how to proceed from there.
Current planning is to package the chips in a QFP128 package with around 90 pins available for own design. The ground, supply, clock, reset and JTAG signals have fixed positions. The estimated prices are as follows:
In order to enlarge the open source design pool available to the community, Chips4Makers only processes open source designs. A business-level ASIC service for proprietary designs will be launched after Chips4Makers beta completes.
The project's progress and other side stories will be posted on the Chips4Makers blog.