[lowrisc-dev] Re: Hardware Freedom Day Speech in China

Alex Bradbury asb at asbradbury.org
Thu Apr 2 09:51:52 BST 2015


On 2 April 2015 at 07:07, Orson Zhai <orsonzhai at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Community,
>
> I am involved in a 500 people meeting for hardware freedom at Apr.18th in
> Beijing, China.
> I'd like to make Lowrisc have some sound in that event.
> Would anyone here like to make a speech at that time?
> Or some demo or video for that?
>
> If no one stands out, I think I may help to do that.
> I have a background of electronic hardware design and strong interest to
> lowrisc.
> Do you think it's ok?
>
> Any suggestion are welcome!

Hi Orson, I'm redirecting this to lowrisc-dev (emails to
list at ann.lowrisc.org just get forwarded to me).

I'd be delighted for you to spread the word. My slides from my FOSDEM
talk earlier this year
<https://speakerdeck.com/asb/lowrisc-the-path-to-an-open-source-soc>
and the associated interview
<https://fosdem.org/2015/interviews/2015-alex-bradbury/> should give a
good idea of our direction. See also Krste's slides for the RISC-V
motivation and direction
<http://riscv.org/workshop-jan2015/riscv-intro-workshop-jan2015.pdf>.
Richard Stallman's recent pieces in Wired on free hardware may be
relevant also <http://www.wired.com/2015/03/need-free-digital-hardware-designs/>
<http://www.wired.com/2015/03/richard-stallman-how-to-make-hardware-designs-free/>.
I'd only ask that you make it clear that you're a member of the
lowRISC community who's spreading the word and some of your viewpoints
on the work that is going on, rather than someone who represents the
project as a whole. Please do let us know how it goes - it would be
really interesting to hear more about the open source hardware
community in China.

The release of basic tagged memory support on top of Berkeley's Rocket
core that Wei has been working on should go up either later today or
tomorrow, so you'll be able to point people to a website with
documentation on downloading and running a simulation or FPGA version
of our current codebase.

Best,

Alex



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