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Free Silicon Foundation

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Free Silicon Foundation
TypeSwiss association according to Art. 60 of Swiss civil code, non-profit organization
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The Free Silicon Foundation (F-Si) is a non-profit organization in the sense of Article 60 of the Swiss civil code. It was founded in 2018 to support the free software movement in the context of silicon integrated circuits. It's purpose is to promote Free and Open Source (FOS) CAD tools for designing integrated circuits, the sharing of hardware designs, the use of common standards, and the freedom of users in the context of silicon technology.[1] In contrast to other open-hardware associations, the Foundation encourages the distribution of hardware designs under a copyleft license such as the CERN Open Hardware License. The Foundation enforces strong financial policies to avoid conflict of interests with third parties.[2]

Free Silicon Conference[edit]

The Free Silicon Conference brings together experts and enthusiasts who want to build a complete Free and Open Source CAD ecosystem for designing analog and digital integrated circuits. The conference covers the full spectrum of the design process, from system architecture, to layout and verification. In the latest edition of the conference, an integrated circuit designed entirely with open-source tools was announced.[3] The event has been promoted by several organizations and universities, including the French multi-project wafer aggregator CMP [4] and Sorbonne University. [5] The conference is partly self-organized as authors edit themselves the website of their contributions[6]. The video recordings are publicly available without any access fee.[7]


The F-Si coordinates a working group targeting the improvement of current EDA tools for the design of silicon integrated circuits
The F-Si reviews and promotes copyleft hardware licenses
Free Silicon Conference
The F-Si organizes the Free Silicon Conference to allow the community to better coordinate the work and to share experiences

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Free and open-source software : Angular Material, Hypnos Music Player, Tqdm, Open-AudIT, TOIlet, herbstluftwm, script.aculo.us
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  1. "Statute of the Free Silicon Foundation". Free Silicon Foundation. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  2. "Statute of the Free Silicon Foundation: Purpose". Free Silicon Foundation. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  3. "The Raven chip: First-time silicon success with qflow and efabless, Tim Edwards, Open Circuit Design". Free Silicon Foundation. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  4. "Circuits Multi-Projects (CMP) announces FSiC2019". Circuits Multi-Projects. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  5. "Sorbonne Université and FSiC2019". Laboratoires d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), Sorbonne Université. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  6. "Free Silicon Conference program". Free Silicon Foundation. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  7. "Free Silicon Conference 2019 PeerTube channel". Free Silicon Foundation. Retrieved 2019-06-20.

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