Mixed RTL language open source flow01/06/2020 at 19:10 • 0 comments
It's been a long time I put something here and my promise for this year is to be more active. I have been working quietly on the Chips4Makers low-volume manufacturer flow.
My most recent success is to have replaced the proprietary Verific plugin for Yosys to do synthesis on VHDL code with the open source ghdlsynth-beta from Tristan Gingold.
More details can be found in my blog post.
The Retro-uC is death - long live the Retro-uC !11/25/2018 at 14:05 • 0 comments
People who follow my project will have noticed that the crowdfunding campaign has come to an end. Unfortunately it did not reach it funding goal. Fortunately this does not mean the end (yet) for the Retro-uC and the Chips4Makers projects.
More details can be found in my latest blog post.
First time right - yes, we can !09/15/2018 at 16:56 • 0 comments
I posted a new blog post on another 'common wisdom' that would be violated by my project; e.g. that you need at least two iterations to get a working chip.
Startup costs and low volume manufacturing09/02/2018 at 21:31 • 0 comments
Inspired by the comment on social media on the launch of the Retro-uc crowdfunding campaign I posted a blog on startup costs and the choices made for the Retro-uC in order to reach a low funding goal.
Retro-uC campaign live on crowdsupply08/23/2018 at 20:20 • 0 comments
The Retro-uC campaign is now live on crowdsupply.
So the time has come you can show your support for this project and for the silicon movement.
If you like it, please spread the word!
Motorola 68000 support ready in Retro-uC06/18/2018 at 21:24 • 1 comment
Retro-uC Blink Demo on XLR805/01/2018 at 14:10 • 0 comments
I made a video of a demo of the Retor-uC running on the Alorium XLR8 FPGA board. Please find all details in a blog post on the chipsmakers.io blog.
I am interested to know what you think, so don't hesitate to comment here.
Retro-uC Crowdfunding Campaign Product Options01/31/2018 at 19:41 • 0 comments
The technical stuff seems to finally converge to a phase that launching of the Retro-uC campaign is getting close. In the current state four product options are planned: a chip, a breadboardable board, a prototyping board and a stand-alone board with Arduino MEGA IO layout.
The details are given in my latest blog post. All feedback and suggestions for improvement are welcome here. Do realise I may only be able to reply when I'm back from FOSDEM next weekend.
34C3 inspiration and buzzwords pt. 301/02/2018 at 22:24 • 0 comments
Inspired by the vibe I felt at the 34C3 conference I wrote my third part of the buzzwords article.
I really hope to be able to report more technical things in the short term but I am focusing currently on getting the production flow ready and discussions are going slow. Some changes should pup op on the gitlab repository in the coming days/weeks.
The importance of crowdfunding11/26/2017 at 15:21 • 0 comments
In my second part of the buzzwords article for this project I am discussing crowdfunding and why I think it is an important piece of the puzzle for low-volume open silicon.
It's also mentioned in the article that currently I am busy discussing the cost and the flow of the production run before officially launching the campaign. When this is finished I will be able to share more public information.