The efabless Newsletter #1


Welcome community members to our inaugural newsletter. In this edition, and those that follow, we will bring you current on the goings-on at efabless and include curated content on topics that we hope that you will find of interest. It is an exciting time in the burgeoning market for hardware innovation. IoT, wearables, drones and robots. Crowdsource, Open Source and Maker Faires. Arduino, Raspberry Pi and RISC V. We are dedicated to placing the semiconductor industry and you, our community members, in the heart of all of this by truly democratizing analog and mixed signal design and semiconductor market access.

We are excited about progress at efabless. Here is the big picture of where we are and where we are going. We currently offer the ability for a designer to register at our site and complete schematic capture for analog IP. You can upload your IP to your directory and you can access the complete X-FAB library for the 350 nm XH035 node. In the fall, the action really begins. Before the year is out, we will release analog layout, digital IP and full chip assembly functionality. In many ways, the efabless environment already supports this capability; the trick is supporting community access. In fact, we have completed the first working silicon on our platform. The product is called Hydra. More on this in a later edition, but think community-based silicon verification of IP.

You can read more about efabless in our news section, including an interesting article by Brian Bailey of SemiEngineering titled “Will Open-Source Work For Chips”.  Below we want to highlight various other news stories and industry announcements that caught our eye and we think will make for great reading for you, too.

efabless News

Welcoming New Team Members | efabless Welcoming New Team Members | efabless
Announcing new Design Courses | efabless Announcing new Design Courses | efabless

Open Source Hardware

Semiconductor Engineering .:. Will Open-Source Work For Chips? Semiconductor Engineering .:. Will Open-Source Work For Chips?
Will Open-Source Work For Chips? So far nobody has been successful with open-source semiconductor design or EDA tools. Why not?
SemiWiki.com - RISC-V opens for business with SiFive Freedom SemiWiki.com – RISC-V opens for business with SiFive Freedom
When we talk about open source, free usually comes in the context of “freedom”, not as in “free beer”, and open IP often serves as a base layer of value add for commercialization.
Why I will be using RISC-V in my next chip | Adapteva Why I will be using RISC-V in my next chip | Adapteva
This week I attended the 3rd RISC-V Workshop and I was blown away by the momentum and energy in the room. This architecture is clearly going places! The best way to convince yourself of the quality

Recommended Readings

Alphabet's Eric Schmidt predicts what spark the next $100 billion firm Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt predicts what spark the next $100 billion firm
According to Schmidt, start-ups that manage to successfully “use the crowd to learn something” could be the new huge opportunity.
Good books on PMIC design. : chipdesign Good books on PMIC design. : chipdesign
I was wondering if anyone here could point me in the right direction. I am looking for good books which deal with Power Management Integrated
Engineering Investigations - Latest Content | EE Times Engineering Investigations – Latest Content | EE Times