The Open Source FPGA Foundation today announces its formation as a nonprofit organization focused on accelerating worldwide awareness and widespread adoption of open source FPGA technology. The OSFPGA Foundation will work to democratize and promote FPGA technology by providing an open, user-focused, inclusive, and collaborative environment.
Open source technology will be a critical component for FPGA companies and will help raise industry-wide capabilities by sharing both innovation and best practices. OSFPGA Foundation will ensure that tools are of highest quality, meet and exceed industry standards, and are fully open sourced. The foundation will assist in enabling solutions to all FPGA-related software and hardware problems, as well as increase commercial confidence that open source hardware and software are low-risk and long-term viable options. OSFPGA will work to provide broad educational opportunities to facilitate FPGA technologies.
“The Open Source FPGA Foundation will serve to enhance the spectrum of innovation for FPGAs globally”, said Dr. Naveed Sherwani, Co-Chairman, at Open Source FPGA Foundation. “There is a very strong demand for more flexible designs, open source tools and methodology will allow for much greater innovation in the FPGA design space. We thank all our partners for their strong support of our launch and look forward to working with our members to drive the true democratization of FPGA technology.”
The Open Source FPGA Foundation will follow governance practices consistent with other open source projects, including having a Board of Directors, Technical Steering Committees, and community contributors from both industry and academia who will work collaboratively together on the mission of the Foundation.
The Open Source FPGA Foundation offers a set of free and open source tools enabling fast prototyping for FPGA chips and automated EDA support, through open standard collaboration. It aims to set FPGA companies free from engineering-labor intensive processes in producing FPGA chips, give full freedom for software developers when customizing FPGA software stacks and provide an open collaboration for FPGA end-users to implement high-quality designs. It will bring together companies, universities and individuals working on or interested in advancing open source FPGA capabilities, establish the necessary cooperation channels, promote outreach and education, and coordinate joint efforts to enable easier collaboration around an open source FPGA ecosystem.
To learn more about the Open Source FPGA Foundation, please visit www.osfpga.org.
Dr. Shrikant Lohokare