On 30 November 2015 at 17:10, Cristoffel Gehring <cristoffel(a)durga.ch> wrote:
Dear lowRISC team
We are a brand-new startup based in Shenzhen.
Our goal is to produce free and open source hardware.
Since we all share the enthusiasm for open source products, we were
enlightened to learn about your project.
We are very interested in a collaboration with our organization.
For example, we could take over the production of your first chip.
Right now, we are looking for an inexpensive chip manufacturer here in
Because we have access to the local manufacturing lines here in main land
China (thanks to the relations of friends who happen to be locals), we can
beat down the prices for the production of a prototype series enormously.
And we are confident that we can produce 100-200k chips for around 5$ each.
It's also possible for us to produce smaller amounts of chips because we can
share mask space with other engineers here.
So we could help you save money as well.
This would be interesting for you I guess, since it's a waste of time and
material (silicon) to produce 100k chips only to find out that you had an
unspotted hazard in your transistor layout somewhere.
With only a dozens of the chips it hurts less :-)
There's definitely an interesting space between the small quantities
(~100) you can get from an MPW and the hundreds of thousands of chips
you'd get back for a minimum wafer order of 25.
If you are interested into a cooperation with our start-up it would
helpfull for finding a suitable manufacturer if I knew whether you've already
finished the litographic masks and if yes, in which format and with which tool
Otherwise I could assist you with this as well.
The initial test chip is targeted for some time next year. We are not
Perhaps you'd like to email me at asb(a)lowrisc.org and Rob at
rmullins(a)lowrisc.org to discuss off-list.