Hi, I’m Jacob Gadikian from virgo.org We are working on open hardware, with the eventual “holy Grail” goal of an open source computing ecosystem, including an open source mobile phone.
We want it to be easy for our users to make modifications to the design of devices, and easy for those modified designs to be shared and manufactured. Basically, the application of open source software techniques to hardware. Think of the manufacturer as the compiler.
We are of the opinion that closed systems aren’t truly capable of being secure, because they can’t be verified or audited.
We had to choose a place to start, and it seemed to us that a RISC-V core capable of running Keystone Enclave would be a good starting point.
We are also interested in building a lower spec device (think: RTOS) that doesn’t need to be capable of running linux.
We have identified two promising CPUs:
- SiFive u54
We will be designing and open sourcing a PCB design that implements one of these two processors. We are collaborating with pcbviet.com on the board design.
We are very interested in learning more about what’s available in terms of open source RISC-V designs, and open hardware generally.
We have a public chat where we’re discussing all this, and we would love it if you’d join. Anyone interested in open hardware development is welcome in our chat (see the channel #hardware)