CHIPS Alliance, a member of the Linux Foundation, is championing open source based collaboration in the chip design community. This includes architectures, specifications, reference implementations, PDKs and EDA tooling. CHIPS Alliance hosts different workgroups to bring community members together to focus on topics of shared interest.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Open source ingredients for hardware design are enabling and accelerating the global collaborative ecosystem. They encourage the formulation of new, disruptive ideas that drive the industry forward, decrease cost and time needed to build new processing platforms, and give users more control over the technology stack and the ability to co-design software and hardware more effectively.
CHIPS Alliance is a Linux Foundation project, so it inherits many of the Linux Foundation’s processes, governance, etc. To be a member of CHIPS Alliance you also need to be a member of the Linux Foundation. Visit here for details on joining the Linux Foundation.
Typically, CHIPS Alliance projects are covered by the Apache License 2.0 for code, and OWFa 0.9 for specs. The Technical Steering Committee can allow non-Apache/OWFa licensed code into CHIPS Alliance if it meets certain conditions. See Chapter 7: “Intellectual Property Policy” of our Technical Charter.
Yes, among other things. CHIPS Alliance wants to promote, develop and enhance open source digital and analog IP building blocks for ASICs and FPGAs, but the scope of our organization goes beyond that. We are also adopting and developing open source tools, interconnect standards and methodologies for a complete open source hardware paradigm.
No, joining is separate from any code / spec contributions. You can join CHIPS Alliance to collaborate around open source silicon even if you don’t have any or don’t want to contribute pre-existing open source projects.
No. Our Working Group and TSC meetings, as well as mailing lists, are all open. You are welcome to join the conversation around open source hardware/silicon and work with us even before you decide to join. See here for our meeting times and additional information.