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Tuesday, September 15

11:45am CDT

Open Source Tools - Learn and Explore EDA Technology at your PC - Shruti Prakash Gupta, IIT Gandhinagar & Kunal Ghosh, VLSI System Design Corp.
VLSI industry is developing at a much faster rate and the core factor is the development in the Electronic Design Automation industry. It reduces the effort and time demanded for any design procedure, but at the same time requires high-end tools and large set up to deliver high performance. Most of the freshers aspiring to get into the industry fail to get hands on experience with the tools due to their restricted availability. Open source tools come to the rescue at this point. However, they do not provide an equal level of ease in accessing, due to the technical complexities involved or due to lacking in the user-friendliness. This is an attempt to make the procedure of accessing these tools and other utilities as simple as possible for any beginner to get started with. This project includes a detailed report about how to get access to the tools involved in front- and back-end ASIC design flow. It focuses on the openPOWER ISA soft-core but is extensible to any general purpose.

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Kunal Ghosh

co-founder of VLSI System Design (VSD) Corp, VLSI System Design Corp
Kunal Ghosh is the Director and co-founder of VLSI System Design (VSD) Corp. Pvt. Ltd. Prior to launching VSD in 2017, Kunal held several technical leadership positions at Qualcomm's Test-chip business unit. He joined Qualcomm in 2010. He led the Physical design and STA flow development... Read More →
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Shruti Prakash Gupta

Student, IIT Gandhinagar
I am a junior undergraduate at IIT Gandhinagar, in Electrical Engineering Discipline. I worked as an Intern under the guidance of Mr. Kunal Ghosh, on a project focused on the openPOWER ISA. We explored the utility of the open source EDA tools for the frontend and backend processing... Read More →

Tuesday September 15, 2020 11:45am - 12:15pm CDT
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3:30pm CDT

Microwatt and GHDL - An Open Hardware CPU written in VHDL, Synthesized with Open Source Tools - Anton Blanchard, IBM & Tristan Gingold, CERN
Microwatt is a 64 bit POWER OpenISA soft processor, written in VHDL. Over time it has grown from supporting Micropython, to Zephyr and most recently Linux.

From its original inception, Microwatt has relied heavily on GHDL, the Open Source VHDL simulator. GHDL has very recently added synthesis support and together with Yosys and Nextpnr allows for a completely open source toolchain for FPGAs.

This presentation will give an overview of the Microwatt core. It will also include an overview of GHDL and how it can be used for both simulation and synthesis of a medium complexity VHDL project.

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Anton Blanchard

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Anton has been involved with Linux and Open Source Software for over 20 years, much of that time with IBM. He leads a worldwide team dedicated to using Open Source technologies to build better products. In mid 2019he got the Open Hardware bug as a result of IBM's opening up of the... Read More →
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Tristan Gingold

Hardware Engineer, CERN
Tristan Gingold has developed GHDL, the main open-source VHDL simulator, for about 20 years. He is currently working at CERN in the hardware and timing section.

Tuesday September 15, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
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