Building your own chip used to be a very expensive and complex process. However, thanks to the OpenROAD Project and other open source initiatives, it is now possible to build your own chip for free. In this post, we will walk you through the steps involved in building your own chip using free tools.
We'll take a journey into the heart of semiconductor manufacturing and unravel the mysteries of three essential terms: wafer, die, and chip. Think of them as the building blocks of the electronic world, each with its own unique role and importance. To help you grasp these concepts easily, we'll draw parallels to familiar everyday objects and situations.