[lowrisc-dev] Suggestion: Chip production
asb at asbradbury.org
Tue Dec 1 10:23:18 GMT 2015
On 30 November 2015 at 17:10, Cristoffel Gehring <cristoffel at 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 be very
> 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
> (e.g. qflow?)
> 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 at lowrisc.org and Rob at
rmullins at lowrisc.org to discuss off-list.
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