The Free and Open Source Silicon Foundation

Welcome to the Free and Open Source Silicon (FOSSi) Foundation. FOSSi Foundationis 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.

What is Free and Open Source Silicon?

Free and Open Source Silicon (FOSSi) are components and systems that are inside silicon devices (‘chips’). It is our core belief that building blocks that form such digital devices can be made free and open

Who are we?

FOSSi Foundation was created by a group of individuals coming from industry and academia, each with long experience in working on prominent Open Source projects within the digital design and embedded areas. The foundation is managed by directors, formed by the members and backed by sponsors

Our Mission

  • Support and promote open standards development and their use
  • Support community events and organize regular events
  • Encourage industry participation in open source IP design
  • Assist hobbyists and academic institutions with opening their work to the public
  • Support the development and maintenance of a web site, aimed at providing a platform for free and open source silicon

Further details about our values and goals can be found in the FOSSi Foundation manifesto

Recent activity

16 Feb 2017 » Tensilica Day Wrapup and RISC-V Event in Munich
Today I visited Hanover to talk at the Tensilica Day 2017. I was invited by the Cadence Academic Network to..... more

10 Feb 2017 » FOSSi Licensing: Planned Activities
The Free and Open Source Silicon Foundation aims to clarify the licensing situation for Free and Open Source Silicon (FOSSi)..... more

26 Jan 2017 » Outlook on 2017
The first full year of the FOSSi Foundation is over and looking back on 2016 we are proud about our..... more

22 Jan 2017 » We search for LibreCores.org contributors and contractors
One of our main projects is LibreCores.org, a community portal for open source digital designs. LibreCores.org is currently under development..... more

18 Jan 2017 » FOSSi @ FOSDEM 2017: What can digital designers learn from software developers?
One of my favourite conferences every year is FOSDEM in Brussels. This year I have the privilige to represent the..... more

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