Open IC Project

28 02 2012

In recent times it has come to my attention that there is a severe lack of open source integrated circuits available. Even open source transistors and logic gates are nearly impossible to find designs for let alone available for purchase. As such I am throwing my towel in the ring and am going to help out.

I have found that there are some design files available that have been made open source for micro-controllers but, if you want them, you have to either emulate them, make them on an FPGA, or pay a hefty some for an IC manufacturing plant to make you a small run of them. Since the design files and software are available, I am going to start on the design of an open source IC fabrication set up using the traditional photolithography process. I have no idea if this will be feasible but if you don’t try then you will never know.

Here’s to progress.




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