I'm just back from the event, and I wanted to give a short overview of what happened at the Sorbonne Université last week.
Overall it was very exciting, and I enjoyed the quality and the level of the speeches, and the competence of the speakers. Open hardware is not a new topic in itself, but fully open integrated circuit design is a difficult goal to achieve. Needless to say, I made a nice reference to FreeCAD in my speech, even if that was not the main topic of the presentation in itself.
Of general interest, even outside the strict domain of IC design, I believe I can reference you to:
- The discussion about CERN Open Hardware License
(simplifying: what GPL is for sofware, OHL is for hardware)
- The start-up presentation of a collaborative site for open HW development
, even if they refused to answer my question about their business model..
of course I encourage everybody to check also the other presentations. In particular, I enjoyed these ones (more specific about electronic design):
- The Broccoli (!) presesentation about KLayout
(I pointed out there's no pizza with broccoli in Italy, but Matthias told me that's actually to encourage kids to eat broccoli - so I had to agree
- The OpenRAM presentation
- The Raven chip creation
(implementation of a RISC-V
but I must say that this is just a personal selection, all were worth listening to!
The recordings are not live yet, but I believe they will be soon. In the meanwhile, I post here a photo of us in the venue during one of the breaks. Hope to repeat next year!