Google and NIST Collaborate to Drive Wave of Chip Design and Innovation with Open Source Approach
Google and the U.S. government want to accelerate the design and manufacture of new semiconductor devices, using an open-source model to allow universities and startups to unleash innovative ideas. A collaborative research and development agreement will allow the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to design, develop and produce open-source chips that researchers and companies can freely use and adapt in their applications.
The new agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and Google could spark a new wave of chip designs and innovation. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Google's partnership with NIST addresses one of the most pressing problems in the semiconductor industry: Big companies have ready access to new chips and designs, while universities, researchers and small businesses face the challenge of trying to create something. significant obstacles. By lifting restrictions and waiving licensing fees, innovation should be accelerated and costs significantly reduced in open-source chip design.
he agreement stipulates that NIST and its numerous research partners (University of Michigan, University of Maryland, George Washington University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, etc.) will provide new chip designs manufactured by Skywater Technology in Minnesota. Google will fund initial manufacturing costs, while also subsidizing first production.
The U.S. government's goal is to create a new, affordable domestic supply of chips for R&D, a way to "unlock the innovative potential of researchers and startups." Laurie E. Locascio, director of NIST, said the collaboration was planned before the introduction of new CHIPS Act legislation and is a prime example of government, industry and academia collaborating on a shared goal of maintaining U.S. leadership in technology .
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