Manifesto of the Free and Open Source Silicon Foundation

The Free and Open Source Silicon Foundation, hereinafter referred to as FOSSi Foundation, is a non-profit foundation with the mission to promote and assist free and open digital hardware designs and their related ecosystems. FOSSi Foundation operates as an open, inclusive, vendor-independent group.

Values

We identify great value in promoting collaborative free and open source digital design. In particular the following are core values of the foundation:

  • open technology standards are better than proprietary, closed equivalents
  • free and open source implementations and their reuse lead to mature IP and has an inherent economic advantage
  • a constructive, collaborative approach to development improves IP and helps to foster communities
  • knowledge sharing is important to encourage wider participation in the field

Goals

The above values are imbued in the following goals of the FOSSi Foundation. The foundation shall

  • support and promote open standards development and their use in digital hardware designs and their related ecosystems
  • support community events and organize regular events relating to free and open digital hardware design and their ecosystems
  • encourage industry participation in free and open source silicon IP design and their related ecosystems
  • assist hobbyists and academic institutions with opening their digital hardware design and related ecosystems work to the public
  • support the development and maintenance of a web site, aimed at providing a platform for
    • an aggregate list of open source IP projects, tools and organisations from across the internet relating to open source digital design, increasing their exposure which should lead to increased collaboration and IP reuse
    • documentation and reference implementations for open standards
    • technical reference and instructional materials aimed at lowering the barriers of entry, such as
      • promoting community interaction by listing ways of contacting and interacting with the various communities that have IP listed on the site
      • mailing lists or other tools to assist community interaction will be provided upon request

Recent activity

10 Jan 2023 » El Correo Libre Issue 58
Preparations Begin for Latch-Up 2023 The FOSSi Foundation is very pleased to announce that Latch-Up will go ahead in 2023!..... more

01 Jan 2023 » Latch-Up and ORConf return in 2023
We announced in ECL 57 our North American open source silicon conference “Latch-Up” will return in 2023. And it will..... more

12 Dec 2022 » El Correo Libre Issue 57
Latch-Up 2023 is a Go! The FOSSi Foundation is proud to announce Latch-Up, a conference dedicated to free and open..... more

08 Nov 2022 » El Correo Libre Issue 56
Mission Accomplished - LibreCores is Closing Down Effective immediately, LibreCores, the community hub and IP core directory site is closing..... more

19 Oct 2022 » Mission accomplished! LibreCores is closing down
Effective immediately, LibreCores, the community hub and IP core directory site is closing its virtual doors. Seven years ago, we..... more

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