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Friday, May 6, 2011

Fwd: Worlds first true open-source OpenRISC processorASIC



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From: Opencores Mail Delivery <noreply@opencores.org>
Date: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 7:42 AM
Subject: Worlds first true open-source OpenRISC processorASIC
To: technologiclee@gmail.com


HELP US SHOW THE OLD CONSERVATIVE SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY THAT OPEN-SOURCE IS HERE TO STAY AND WILL CHANGE THE INDUSTRY!

Please help us create the "worlds first true open-source OpenRISC ASIC", meaning:
- Build and release all design files as "true" open-source.
- Offer it back to the donors as a super-low cost ASIC.
- Use a "flat price model", meaning that the price-level will be set accordingly based on the accumulated annual volume, which means everyone will benefit if the volumes goes up, not only buyers with high volumes. The more we are, the lower unit-price we will get.

THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO TRY AND CHANGE, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
Some of us who have worked for Semiconductor companies have seen the large margins and the large price differences depending if you were a large customer with many different products, or if you are a smaller company with a great new product. Since price always is important , it is today almost impossible to compete with large companies even if you have a "better" product.

We are very happy to see that the existing donors are donating quite allot of money per person, however since we are so many members of the OpenCores community (117.000 users), we basically would be well off with a couple of $ per person. What we are trying to say is that all donations counts and matter allot!

Since we do not know yet what ASIC-technology we can afford, the current design specification is "not set in stone". We want the community and donors to provide feedback when we have better indication on what ASIC technology we can use. The ASIC technology selection defines both how much logic (functionality) and what performance we can get, which then impacts what functions we can/should integrate, for example, it would be great if we can integrate multiple OpenRISC processors, PCIexpress etc.

HELP US MAKE THIS WORK, AND SHOW THE OLD CONSERVATIVE SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY THAT OPEN-SOURCE IS HERE TO STAY AND WILL CHANGE THE INDUSTRY!

Click here - OpenRISC-ASIC page

Best regards, OC-team




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