You don’t have financial strength to invest in building your own foundry in order to fabricate your chips?
You are opting for a fabless business model for trial (focusing on design and outsourcing the actual manufacturing) ?
The Fedora Project proposes a free fabless semiconductor business model for your needs, thus allowing you to stay focused on cutting-edge design, and not invest in manufacturing.
With the “Fedora Electronic Lab” along with its RPM package management, any electronic engineer can deploy his/her VLSI simulation environment quickly and easily. You will have tools for RTL simulation, place & route, timing closure up to digital physical design. In addition, 7 opensource technology libraries are available with a feature size up to 0.13µm.
You are free to decide whether your design process will be either top-secret or open to the world. However the simulation tools will be free. Processes can be modified and created graphically (if desired).
Extensive work was done to provide enough interfaces useful for your automated configuration scripts (e.g Makefiles).
On the Fedora Electronic Lab livecd, you will benefit from the KDE desktop environment in terms of
The Fedora Repositories entail a wide range of applications with graphical means to manage all aspects of data flow throughout an enterprise in a highly efficient manner.