The Go IT! is an EU Coordination and Support Action (CSA) about Open Source Hardware for ultra-low-power, secure processors funded under cluster 4 (Digital, Industry and Space), of Horizon Europe. The project was submitted on October 21 2021, was awarded on March 18 2022 and started on September 1 2022. Its planned duration is three years. The project number (ID) is 101070660.
Proposal short summary
Europe's IT hardware development is constantly challenged by outrageously expensive development tools, legal constraints like NDAs or patents, lock-in threats, dependency from external vendors or supply chains and foreign political events. Europe’s digital infrastructure (from consumer to critical appliances) is heavily relying on foreign closed-source chips which are literally black-boxes which may (and have been proven to) contain malicious features. This situation makes the hardware development expensive and inefficient, and undermines the very principles of sovereignty, resilience and re-usability. Open-source silicon chips, which are open in their entirety, i.e. down to the physical layout, carry the potential of catapulting Europe into a renaissance of digital technology. Several challenges are on the way, many of which will require the participation of the stakeholders (from the fertile ground made of “nerdy” hobbyists and makers who are the early protagonists of the scene, all the way up to large enterprises), as well as the participation of policymakers and regulatory bodies. The road ahead is steep, but rich of rewards. Therefore we loudly say: Go IT!
The manuscript of the submitted proposal can be downloaded (here).
The main goals of the project can be summarized as follows:
- Feedback the policymakers with technical reports and roadmaps
- Facilitate the creation of a complete and complementary know-how for open-source chip design across European universities
- Organize three editions of the Free Silicon Conference
- Develop a GPL-compatible forever-open (copyleft) licence for silicon chips
- Include the available open-source PDK in existing open-source design flows
- Create a repository of open-source EDA tools and hardware blocks
- Package open-source tools into mainstream GNU/Linux distributions
- Disseminate the existing open-source tools and libraries on mainstream channels like Wikipedia
- Promote the concept of open-source silicon chips through the participation at mainstream conferences, talks and paid advertisement
- Contribute to standardization and certification activities for open-source silicon chips
- Elektronikas un Datorzinatnu Instituts (EDI), Latvia (coordinator)
- Sorbonne Université (SU), France
- Free Silicon Foundation (I) ETS, Italy
- Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain
- FibraServi (FS), Belgium
- G-INP/CIME-P, France
- 2023.7.10-12, the Free Silicon Conference (FSiC2023) took place in Sorbonne Université, Paris, France
- 2023.11.3, FSI publishes a list of recommendations and a roadmap for the development of open-source silicon in the EU
- 2023.9.23, CSIC publishes a newsletter about open initiatives in hardware security
All the members of the consortium can be contacted at once by writing at mail' 'at' goit-project.eu.