Open Documentation Standards and Open Toolchains

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To achieve truly open silicon we need an ecosystem that encompasses open tools, an open toolchain, together with agreements on what open means in the context of integrated circuits. In this presentation we will introduce the Open Toolchain Foundation database for open tools and we will discuss the DIN specification for Open Source Hardware: DIN-3105, that was developed by an international consortium initiated by Open Source Ecology Germany. The specification consists of two parts. The first part prescribes what constitutes the "source" of hardware to be open, that is, to be able to execute the rights of open source hardware and the second part describes how open source hardware can be assessed by communities. The standard itself is open source and it is extensible, providing standardization opportunities for open silicon. After highlighting potential barriers, we will conclude by proposing a way forward for free silicon.