Tuesday 18 July 2023 at 3:00 PM CEST, 9:00 AM EST

By Matthew Venn (Zero to ASIC course)

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Until recently, designing a custom chip would have cost hundreds of thousands in software tooling costs and then tens of thousands to get a few prototypes made, not to mention the hassle of signing factory NDAs. In the last 3 years, a huge amount of progress has been made in the world of open source silicon. We now have the tools and libraries that enable anyone to get their hands dirty making chips.
In this webinar Matt will briefly cover key moments over the last few years and what is happening now in the rapidly evolving world of open source chip design. We will look at how the tools are becoming easier to use and how the accessibility of open source tools are a perfect fit for training and education. The talk will end with a presentation and quick demonstration of SiliWiz and Tiny Tapeout, new educational projects that aim to demystify microchip design and manufacture, while dramatically lowering the barrier to entry in terms of ease of use and cost.

Presenter’s bio:

Matthew Venn is a science & technology communicator and electronic engineer.
He has been involved with open source silicon for the last 3 years and has sent 20 chips for manufacture. He has helped over 600 people learn the tools, with 400 people taking part in manufacturable designs. https://zerotoasiccourse.com/
He is a member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society’s technical committee for Electronic Systems on Chip.