We are very grateful to have been selected to take part as a mentoring organisation in the Google Summer of Code for the second year running. As with last year, we’re working with a number of friends from across the wider open source hardware community to act as an umbrella for a range of hardware-related projects. If you are a student who would like to be paid to work on open source during the summer, then take a look at the lowRISC ideas list and apply. As was pointed out on the Google Open Source Program’s blog, there is a good showing from hardware-related projects in GSoC this year. The deadline for applications is this coming Friday, 25th March at 7pm GMT.

We welcome ideas of your own creation, but the ideas we’ve suggested this year include:

  • A trace debug analysis tool (ideally using TypeScript and Electron)
  • Improving device-tree support for the Linux RISC-V port
  • Various ideas related to the Yosys open-source synthesis tool.
  • Porting a teaching OS such as xv6 or XINU to the lowRISC platform
  • Porting CMSIS-DSP to PULPino
  • Doom on PULPino
  • Porting the Arduino libraries to PULPino
  • Integrating additional open-source IP for lowRISC on FPGA
  • Implementing a Trusted Execution Environment
  • Porting musl libc to RISC-V
  • A Generic hardware/software interface for software-defined radio
  • A SPIR-V frontend for Nyuzi
  • Porting an OS kernel to Nyuzi

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We provide a home for multi-partner projects that deliver verified, high quality IP and tools, which provide the solid foundations that are necessary for the rapid development cycles required for next generation silicon products. lowRISC employs an engineering team in Cambridge, UK, working on our own developments, partner projects, and work-for-hire that is aligned with our mission.


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