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Free Silicon Conference 2023
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GenreFree software and free hardware development conference
Location(s)Paris, Sorbonne Université, Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 Place Jussieu

The 2023 Free Silicon Conference (FSiC) took place in Paris (Sorbonne Université, 4 Place Jussieu, Paris) on July 10,11,12 2023 (Monday to Wednesday). This event was built on top of the past FSiC2019 and FSiC2022 editions. The conference brought together experts and enthusiasts who want to build a complete Free and Open Source CAD ecosystem for designing analog and digital integrated circuits. The conference covered the full spectrum of the design process, from system architecture, to layout and verification.


July 28: Most videos are now available on PeerTube.

Objectives and motto

The goal of FSiC is to make the technology accessible to small businesses, startups, universities and schools. Students, makers and professional should have direct access to education, without barriers, paywalls and legal burdens. What's the value of multi-billion public investments if there aren't designers, engineers and other experts who can operate the industry and who master the tools to innovate? We all took apart watches and radios when we were kids, hence we learned how they work. It is time to look inside chips and their tool-chains so that we can study, improve, repair and trust them.

The conference motto is therefore: Education, sustainability and innovation by openness and collaboration!


For proposing a talk, please submit a title and a short summary at fsic2023 'at' f-si.org before June 15.


Lunches and coffee breaks are offered, funded by the EU HORIZON Coordination and Support Action GoIT project with ID number 101070669.

Participation to the conference is free of charge but the attendance must be reserved per email at fsic2023 'at' f-si.org for local organization BEFORE the conference. Details will be announced on this page and over the mastodon channel. The slides and the video recordings of the talks will be published on our website.

Organizing committee

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Marie-Minerve Louerat
Scientist and Teacher
‟I have a passion for educating and teaching students, to give them tools for life and learning.”
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Luca Alloatti
Libre Hardware Promoter
‟Technology is political. I stand for defending free access to technology and the right for transparency.”
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Thomas Kramer
Skeptical Technology Enthusiast
‟I like to understand technology, to adapt and enhance it. Technology should not be mythical or owned by experts only, it needs to be comprehensible.”
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Matthias Köfferlein
‟I am passionate about helping people with my technical skills. Coding EDA is like gardening to me: may it grow and feed people.”

Conference program

July 10, Monday (Day 1)

  • 9:00-9:30, Registration and coffee


Keynote speech

High-level design and logic-synthesis

Foundries and PDKs

On-going FOS silicon projects

Sustainability (part 1)

July 11, Tuesday (Day 2)

  • 8:30-9:30, Early bird coffee and tea

Keynote speech

Hardware security

IP blocks

Transistor modelling and circuit simulation

Sustainability (part 2)

Funding opportunities

Back-end design tools

July 12, Wednesday (Day 3)

  • 8:30-9:30, Early bird coffee and tea

Back-end design tools

Teaching and education

Paving the road for open source flow: gaps, challenges, opportunities

Practical information


We are looking for sponsors to cover extra services at the conference, such as food and beverages. In case of interest, please write at fsic2023 'at' f-si.org.


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This conference is funded by the EU HORIZON Coordination and Support Action GoIT project with ID number 101070669.

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