Chip manufacturers are on speed dial for cloud giants like Google and Amazon when they need volume production of internally designed chips. The goal is to help do-it-yourselfers, universities and chip startups cut the designs and production cost of chips. In recent weeks the Google-led effort has gained more partners to boost the open source chip effort, including manufacturer, and the US Department of Defense, which last week injected $15 million in funding to, which provides capacity in its factories to manufacture the open source chips.

Some notable fabless companies include Nvidia and Apple, which send their designs to chip manufacturers like The fabless model became popular with the consolidation of chip manufacturing facilities.

EFabless provides open source EDA tools for chip design and verification, and SkyWater provides a process-design kit to prepare the chip for manufacturing.

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