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Donation website set up for 'super-low-cost' ASIC

Posted: 18 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OpenCores donation website? super-low-cost SoC ASIC component? OpenRISC processor? OpenRISC-ASIC?

Hoping to design a 'super-low-cost' SoC ASIC component, OpenCores has established a donation website that will gather funds for an open-source ASIC based on the OpenRISC processor

The donation site, which provides more information about the project, claims to have already received contributions totaling nearly $15,000 from around 330 people and organizations.

OpenCores is a community website for the development of hardware IP cores as open source. It is the host for source code for different digital hardware projects such as IP-cores, SoC and boards as well as providing support with different tools, platforms, forums and other useful information

Its latest initiative is seen as a challenge to the industry for a flat-price ASIC regardless of volumes. According to OpenCores, the price level will be set based on the accumulated annual volume, which means alland not just high-volume buyerswill benefit if the volumes go up.

OpenCores says this move to increase overall volumes in hopes of reducing unit costs will be a joint effort. The project will also allow smaller companies to compete with larger companies on fair conditions and get the same price for the ASIC.

The plan is to develop a complete SoC design and implement it into an ASIC component, and then offer it back to the OpenCores community as a 'super-low-cost' OR1200 processor-based SoC ASIC component that can be used to develop commercial products without any restrictions or royalties. A development board will also be created using this OpenRISC-ASIC.

- Colin Holland
??EE Times

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