[Librecores Discussion] Starting point for a simple ASIC SoC

Olof Kindgren olof.kindgren at gmail.com
Fri Jun 17 09:26:37 CEST 2016

Hi Davide,

Thanks for the explanations and your offer to help out.

I realized now that I forgot to mention one important aspect of the
project. It's a research project with ties to commercial companies, so
I'm not sure how much I can share about the project itself, but I'll
let you know when I know what I can share. Also, I'm not sure I even
understand the analog parts to be honest. :) The relevant info I have
is that we will be using 130nm BiCMOS. Would the usage or the process
be a problem if I would want to base it on Pulp(ino)?


On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 8:00 AM, Davide Rossi <davide.rossi at unibo.it> wrote:
> Hi Olof,
> In terms of digital implementation flow we can provide you the synthesis
> scripts that are
> required to generate the netlist in the specific technology node you
> will be using for your
> tape-out and backend scripts for encounter. Off couse we can also give
> you some support
> for floorplanning and other things, but usually floorplanning is
> extremaly chip dependent
> eapecially in mixed signal chips where the main constraint comes from
> the analog part.
> BTW, just for curiosity, what is the application you are planning for
> this chip?
> Cheers,
> Davide
> Il 16/06/2016 22:40, Olof Kindgren ha scritto:
>> Hi,
>> We're thinking of doing a mixed-signal ASIC with a simple CPU to
>> control some aspects of the analog parts. The digital parts will
>> consist of a CPU, memory + some GPIO, memory and probably some
>> mechanism for loading and debugging programs (e.g. boot ROM, SPI
>> controller, jtag+debug interface)
>> What I wonder now is how much I can reuse from existing ASIC
>> implementations. First example that comes to mind is Pulp/Pulpino, but
>> there seem to have been plenty of other tapeouts, especially from
>> academia, of OpenRISC and RISC-V systems. As I don't have very much
>> experience of the ASIC backend flow, I'm not sure to which extent
>> things can be reused at all. Can I reuse existing netlists, floor
>> plans or even parts of the mask sets?
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