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Another good news, another tapeout, but this time for 𝐂𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐄𝐋 community.
We started our journey from scratch with RISC-V, an opensource ISA and opensource tools and technology to tape out Pakistan’s first Ibtida-(ابتد) SoC written in CHISEL. The journey has gone through micro-architecture, verification and finally the GDS generation, all by using open source tools.
Thanks to Google and Free and Open Source Silicon (FOSSi) Foundation for free tapeouts, Skywater, Efabless Corporation for free 130nm PDKs, University of California, Berkeley for RISC-V and UIT Usman Institute of Technology for believing in us.
The Constructing Hardware in a Scala Embedded Language (CHISEL) is an open-source Hardware Construction language (HCL) that inherits the object-oriented functional aspects of Scala for describing digital hardware, developed by University of California, Berkeley.
by MERL UIT, Jan 01, 2021
Through continuous perseverance, devotion and
selfless efforts of the entire team, we are pleased to announce a milestone achievement check:
"First ever RISC-V based SOC tape out"
Ghazi -SoC, written in Verilog, fabricated on 130nm SkyWater PDK.
This will be first ever RISC-V Processor tapeout from Pakistan.
Thanks to Google, Efabless Corporation, Free and Open Source Silicon (FOSSi) Foundation and Usman Institute of Technology for this wonderful opportunity and platform.
Let's embark to achieve new milestones in year 2021.
Happy New Year 2021!
by MERL UIT, Dec 15, 2020
UIT Usman Institute of Technology, is the one of Universities in Pakistan to have signed an NDA with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in Collaboration with MERL-UIT.
TSMC is the world's largest Semiconductor Foundry. TSMC provides an industry-leading specialty technologies portfolio that complements its advanced technology leadership. The company supports a thriving ecosystem of global customers and partners with the industry’s leading process technologies and portfolio of design enablement solutions to unleash innovation for the global semiconductor industry.
by MERL UIT, Dec 20, 2021
MERL-UIT, has successfully presented tutorial on Reverse Engineering of Rocket Chip in the 3rd annual RISC-V International summit, San Jose, California, USA. The program featured three days of talks around architectures, hardware, software, tools, verification and security, and case studies from the global RISC-V community.
Technology companies and research institutions shared notable product updates, projects, and implementations, and discussed the role of the RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA) in driving next generation of hardware, software, and intellectual property (IP). The event also featured an online exhibition hall and networking opportunities.
by MERL UIT, Dec 10, 2020
Dr. Syed Roomi Naqvi visited the 2 day RISC-V Tech Symposium which was held on Dec 10,11, 2019. Yunsup Lee, CTO of SiFive did specifically mentioned the MERL-UIT Lab and how much he was impressed by the passion of the students there.
The key takeaways from the Symposium are:
1. RISC-V is a movement which has garnered a lot of momentum and passion, the energy was palpable and it is paradigm is open source EVERYTHING. As such it is very well suited for MERL research.
2. RISC-V has got multiple high level backers like Western Digital, Samsung, Ali Baba etc.
3. RISC-V is all about open source hardware and co-optimization of hardware and software.
by MERL UIT, Dec 10, 2019