Hi all, I wanted to confirm whether or not the requirement that “The project must be fully open. The project must contain a GDSII layout, which must be reproducible from source contained in the project.” means that the entire RTL->GDSII flow must be reproducible using open tooling? I.e. are we allowed to use proprietary or unreleased software as part of the build flow?
04/28/2021, 5:26 PM
I think you can't use any closed source software but @Tim 'mithro' Ansell can confirm.
04/28/2021, 5:46 PM
?? The Caravel framework was certainly routed using closed source tools.
04/28/2021, 5:47 PM
The framework is not a user design for submission
04/28/2021, 6:29 PM
Sure, I guess the question becomes can pre-built blocks (without source) be incorporated in a user submission?
04/30/2021, 5:21 PM
(update from the walkthrough this morning: sounds like it is okay to use proprietary tools in your flow, as long as you publish the design and the GDS)