Article: Democratising chip design

Design, Hardware, Open Source, Software

Democratising chip design

A potentially important initiative is US research agency DARPA’s OpenRoad initiative, with aims to build a more comprehensive set of open-source design tools. Professor Andrew Kahng of the University of California at San Diego and principal investigator on the project envisages an environment that can lay out and tune a range of chip designs automatically through a combination of machine learning and what he calls “extreme partitioning”, which divides the chip into many small independently optimised modules.

Though verification engineers have embraced various forms of open source, the stumbling blocks for its adoption get bigger the closer you get to tape-out. The biggest issue lies in the process design kits (PDKs) provided by foundries that are jealously protected by non-disclosure agreements and which forbid any sharing.

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Article: Mass adoption of blockchain tech is possible, and education is the key

Academia, Blockchain, Web 3.0

Mass adoption of blockchain tech is possible, and education is the key

Until we educate people about the endless possibilities that emerging technologies could offer, mass adoption will be hard to achieve. That is why it is essential to bring these technologies and the knowledge about them to younger generations, where real transformations can and should be gained.

I would like to remind the young, ambitious blockchain community that a goal without a plan is just a wish, and you never fail until you stop trying. This industry is still in its infancy and is so ready for ambitious ideas to become a reality.

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