It is no coincidence that Google is one of the most important and innovative companies in the entire world. The company is constantly looking for new ways to offer and engage users in its dynamics.
In this way, the company’s Open Silicon open source project now appears, which will allow users to create their own processor from the comfort of their own homes.
Build your own processor with Google Open Silicon
The Google Hardware Toolchains team is getting ready to launch a new project. It is a site for programmers, where they can create and manufacture their own open source chip designs at no cost. This will be possible thanks to the integration of Google and Skywater Technologies, together with Efabless, which will provide programmers with all the tools they need to accelerate the design process.
The project is called Google Open Silicon and allows chip designers the freedom to create their designs, without the fear of violating confidentiality codes and without restrictions on usage. The possibility of silicon research and the copying and improvement of projects among programmers is also open. Also the EDA (Electronic Design Automation) tools, used in the industry to design and verify circuits, will be available in open source format, which facilitates the manufacturing process.
Since the project started, and you can access the website herea community of over 3,000 members has now been created, where hardware and software designers can contribute.
Google Open Silicon allows chips to be created using the Sku 130, a 130 nm lithograph. And if for many this process is completely obsolete, it must be taken into account that not all devices require enormous power and consumption. There are many devices, namely within the Internet of Things (IoT), for which this lithography is used, such as temperature sensors, toys, watches, etc.
For each project, Google provides a fixed area of 2.92mm x 3.52mm and 38 hardened I/O pins. There will also be a test to validate the chip's design and behavior before sending it to production.