[Arm-netbook] Should we support libre.computer's efforts at promoting lima?

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at lkcl.net
Thu Oct 18 06:11:42 BST 2018

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 5:29 PM Paul Boddie <paul at boddie.org.uk> wrote:
> On Wednesday 17. October 2018 16.30.17 Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> >
> >  it depends on what you take into account.  if someone else pays the
> > NREs to the foundry, i.e. a university agrees to collaborate and is
> > offered access to a foundry for either free or at reduced rates,
> > $250k-$500k comes off that amount, straight away.
> Some interesting perspectives on this can be read about here:
> https://chips4makers.io/blog/startup-costs-and-low-volume-manufacturing.html

 yes, so, it actually costs, in the UK, about $600 per 180nm wafer.  a
full mask set however are still USD $250,000.  so even 180nm is still

> However, pursuing such a campaign with a product that really needs to be done
> with "proper" silicon - needing higher frequencies and power/performance
> benefits, perhaps - might get more support, albeit from not quite the same
> audiences as the ones targeted in this campaign.

 indeed, and that's great.

> Paul
> P.S. Still no progress from Crowd Supply on the latest update?

 getting there

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