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This open source program offers a rapid and affordable path to prototyping and low-volume production without tools or deep industry expertise. It includes a pre-designed carrier chip and automated open source design flow from Efabless. SkyWater’s SKY130 is used to fabricate the chips with no custom tape out needed. Startups, universities and research facilities have access to open source tools and the freedom to collaborate freely across teams and organizations. Designs go into an open community with an option to keep your IP private.
Collaboration among Google, Efabless and SkyWater enables the industry’s first open source ASICs in an MPW shuttle that is managed by Efabless and manufactured by SkyWater. The designs utilize SkyWater’s 130 nm open process design kit which is publicly available and applies open source to all levels of IC design to improve access to resources such as design tools, IP and foundry PDKs.
Generated IP will be accessible by all open source designers going forward on the 130 nm mixed-signal process, named SKY130, at SkyWater. Designers will be able to utilize the Efabless platform to prototype these designs, derivatives of these designs and new designs that combine the open source designs with proprietary IP from traditional providers.
The SKY130 process, mixed-signal CMOS technology, offers many normally optional features as standard including local interconnect, SONOS non-volatile memory functionality and MiM capacitors — which provides designers with a wide range of flexibility in design choices.
S90ROIC flow includes low noise performance transistors and features that enable infrared imaging and other sensor array applications. The program is ideal for specialized aerospace and defense applications, LIDAR and LADAR, automotive sensing, microbolometers and medical x-ray, augmented reality, industrial machine vision and security, among others.
RH90 is a fully depleted silicon-on-insulator complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor process specifically developed to produce electronics which can withstand harsh radiation environments. This MPW shuttle leverages SkyWater’s existing aluminum interconnect technology with options to use copper interconnects that will become part of the standard process flow for enhanced mixed-signal device performance.
This continuous model offers higher accuracy and service levels for a variety of designs — without sharing in an open community for maximum IP protection. SkyWater’s Trusted status ensures the highest domestic protection available.