[linux-elitists] Monday 15 Dec: first all-Open Source System-on-Chip

D. Joe Anderson deejoe@raccoon.com
Thu Dec 11 11:23:33 PST 2003

w00t!  Here's a good start to the the back-up plan if
TCPA/Longhorn/Palladium/"Fritz-chips"* get out of hand.

First there was Free Software.  Now there is Free Hardware.



On Thu, Dec 11, 2003 at 09:15:07AM -0800, Don Marti wrote:
> Who:    OpenCores developer Damjan Lampret
> What:   first public demonstration of an all-Open Source
>         System-On-Chip
> Where:  Freedom Technology Center 
> When:   Monday, December 15, at 7pm,
> Why:    Open Source hardware designs are bringing new cost
>         savings and freedom to the semiconductor industry
> On Monday, December 15, at 7pm, OpenCores developer Damjan
> Lampret will give the first public demonstration of an
> all-Open Source System-On-Chip (SoC) at the Freedom Technology
> Center in Mountain View, California, USA.  The new OpenCores
> System-On-Chip, developed and manufactured by Flextronics
> Semiconductor, runs Linux, uClinux, or eCos.  The SoC is
> exclusively built with freely licensed OpenCores IP cores.
> The chip includes the OpenRISC OR1200 32-bit processor, a Memory
> Controller for SDRAM/FLASH/SRAM, a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet MAC,
> 32-bit, 33/66MHz PCI support, and a 16550 UART.
> Lampret said, "Are open source soft cores starting to have impact
> on the semiconductor industry?  Yes, slowly but irreversibly. What
> started in 1983 with the GNU project is now starting in open source
> hardware with OpenCores, 20 years later."
> The demonstration will cover the System-On-Chip, how it
> was designed and the manufacturing technology used. Special
> attention will be paid to the processor, the OpenRISC. It
> is a completely new RISC architecture developed using open
> source model.  The GNU Compiler Collection (gcc) was ported,
> along with the GNU Binary Utilities including the assembler,
> linker, and debugger.  An advanced simulator was built that can
> simulate now only the processor but an entire SoC, and of course
> a complete synthesizable RTL implementation was developed. A
> live presentation will show how the GNU development tools gdb
> and DDD can be used to download software code and debug it on
> the board.
> The OpenRISC OR1200 has a memory management unit (MMU), so
> can run either conventional Linux, which requires an MMU,
> or uClinux, which is intended for processors without an MMU.
> Please see the Freedom Technology Center event page for links
> to project info and directions.
> http://freedomtechnologycenter.org/events/
> -- 
> Don Marti
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