Google creates an open source project where it is possible to create your own processor at home

It’s no coincidence that Google is one of the largest and most innovative companies in the world. The company is constantly looking for new ways to offer and engage users in its dynamics.

In this way, the company’s Open Silicon open source project now appears, which will allow users to create their own processor from the comfort of their homes.

Build your own CPU with Google Open Silicon

The Google Hardware Toolchains team is preparing to launch a new project. It is a site for programmers, where they can create and manufacture their own open source chip designs at no cost. This will be possible thanks to the integration of Google and Skywater Technologies, as well as Efabless, which will provide programmers with all the tools they need to speed up the design process.

The project is called Google Open Silicon and gives chip designers the freedom to create their designs, without fear of violating privacy codes and without restrictions on use. The possibility of silicon research and the copying and improvement of projects between programmers is also open. In addition, EDA (Electronic Design Automation) tools, used in industry to design and verify circuits, will be available in open source format, which facilitates the manufacturing process.

Google creates an open source project where it is possible

Since the start of the project, and you can access the site here, a community has been created with over 3,000 members, where hardware and software designers can contribute.

Google Open Silicon makes it possible to create chips using Sku 130, a 130 nm lithography. And if for many this process is completely obsolete, it must be taken into account that not all devices require enormous power and consumption. There are many devices, especially within the Internet of Things (IoT), for which this lithography is used, such as temperature sensors, toys, watches, etc.

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For each project, Google provides a fixed 2.92mm x 3.52mm area and 38 hardened I/O pins. There will also be a test to validate the design and behavior of the chip before sending it to production.

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