In the latest episode of Open Source Digital Design Insights we hear from Dr Jeremy Bennett, CEO of Embecosm, on the numerous motivations for open source silicon, its already modestly successful if largely unknown history, through LEON and OpenRISC ASIC manufacture, Embecosm’s own work on the AAP architecture designed to put compilers through their paces, and the importance of RISC-V.

In closing Jeremy notes how there is a bright future ahead for open source silicon, a point which he illustrates via a number of difficult to ignore indicators, including the year-on-year growth in attendance at ORConf and, a particularly good one: when you start receiving requests from customers to work on RISC-V compiler toolchains!