|Eastsound Open Software
Foundation (EOSFo) is a WA state non-profit
dedicated to developing open EDA/CAD software; both through our own
efforts and as a focal point for collaboration with the larger
community. All EOSFo software and standards
will be published under GNU
copy left licenses.
Open EDA Software
Other Open Software
Open EDA Standards
Open IP cores
Circuit (IC) technology is rapidly outstripping
of engineering teams to manage the complexity of the systems the
technology can accommodate. The reuse of Intellectual Property (IP)
blocks helps but that also brings a lot of complex problems.
The industry needs MUCH better software tools and methodologies than are available today to effectively use the available hardware technology.
EDA/CAD software used to design computer chips is very expensive. It is proprietary and developed by a small oligopoly of companies. A typical software platform for a front-end designer may be on the order of $250,000.00. A typical software platform for a physical design engineer performing chip layout may be on the order of $1,000,000.00. The data exchange formats are also proprietary and require extensive support from silicon vendors.
This provides a very high barrier to entry into this field and dissuades companies from employing software, hardware, and Intellectual Property (IP) from many smaller and or innovative providers. The small number of software providers also limits the rate of innovation.
The availability of free open source EDA software and the universal use of open standards for data exchange are essential steps towards a thriving IC industry, able to overcome technological hurdles through broad participation and innovation, with a stable and diverse future.
The availability of high quality free open source EDA/CAD software will enable a true renaissance in the IC industry and the World at large to help humanity reach it's brightest potential.
is actively seeking donations and grants from
government agencies and corporations. We also want to enter into
collaborative partnerships with individuals, academic institutions and
Vice President and Secretary Chris Waage
Open Software Foundation.
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