[Libre-silicon-devel] F.Y.I - the back-side of the current license policy

David Lanzendörfer david.lanzendoerfer at lanceville.cn
Wed May 22 15:47:59 CEST 2019

Hi Ludwig
> this would be great to get sponsorship for open source processes,
> as far as I know Huawei also makes silicon.
> So what about their fabs and processes?
It's a subsidiary which manufactures their silicon, HiSilicon

> Maybe they can help to design the libresilicon process and also
> build open source silicon with it.
Nope. They're kindof still insisting that behaving paranoidly closed source proprietary like 
their big idols in California, would be cool.
I think they need some more experience of getting slapped on their butt by those US 
companies until they realize that it's stupid to mimic them.

Our best chance so far is RCL.
Their CEO and the chief staff are very reasonable and very nice people, and their 
production application & testing division manager actually is subscribed to this mailing list.
BTW:  Hi Y.L.Lai! ;-)

I'm developing the recent process at NFF in accordance to the equipment list I received 
from RCL, so that adapting my findings at NFF to RCLs equipment will be only a matter of a 
few months.

Getting a list of the equipment available is something you can not even dream of already at 
HiSilicon and SMIC for now.

So now that HiSilicon lost its access to Synopsis IP cores, getting the process running soon 
and facilitating the community work on replacement IPs becomes more important than ever!

> But if I were in charge of Huawei I would fork lineage os and make a Huawei
> version in order to control r&d. This version would be git clonable
> containing all drivers and everything would be open source. Some custom
> look and feel with chinese dragons would be the standard theme.😃
Uhm. Nope.
I'd rather go for a QtMoko build (Debian with Qt5 GUI and free smartphone stack), but we're 
not there yet. Or SHR release.
Maybe PlasmaMobile for tablets or maybe even the phones.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HiSilicon
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