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Latch-Up 2024: Boston

April 19 @ 8:00 am - April 21 @ 5:00 pm PDT

Latch-Up 2024

Friday to Sunday April 19–21, 2024 in Boston, MA, USA

The Latch-Up conference is a weekend of presentations and networking dedicated to free and open source silicon. It’s an event for the open source digital design community, much like its European sister conference ORConf, run by the FOSSi Foundation.

You are all invited!

The FOSSi Foundation is proud to announce Latch-Up, a conference dedicated to free and open source silicon to be held over the weekend of Friday April 19 to Sunday April 21 in Boston, MA, USA.

Latch-Up is a weekend of presentations and networking for the open source digital design community, much like its European sister conference ORConf.

So save the date, register to attend, and submit a presentation or proposal if you have a project or idea on the topic to share!

Questions? Ping the organizers via @LatchUpConf or send an email to

Submit a talk

We encourage anybody involved in the open source semiconductor engineering space to come along and share your work or experience. Presentations slots as short as 3 minute lightning-talks and up to 30 minute talks including Q and A are available.

So if you’ve designed, worked on or even just used open source IP cores and/or management systems, verification IP, build flows, SoCs, simulators, synthesis tools, FPGA and ASIC implementation tools, languages and DSLs, compilers, or anything related we’d love to have you join us to share your experience.

Presentations are submitted through the registration process and we will let you know if your presentation was accepted.

Tickets and registration

Attendance of Latch-Up is free of charge. To help us organizing the event, you are required to register on EventbritePlease register as soon as possible, as we have to close registrations as soon as the room capacity is reached.

Attendees who are joining us at Latch-Up on behalf of their company and/or can claim the conference as professional training expense are encouraged to purchase a professional ticket. These ticket sales help us provide all that we do at Latch-Up and keep the event accessible to all members of the community. Professional ticket holders are able to get their company name printed on their name badge and receive a special treat.

We ask all Latch-Up participants to adhere to the the FOSSi Foundation code of conduct throughout the event.


When What
9:00 Welcome
9:20 Caster: An Open-source E-Ink Controller
9:40 Teaching Modern EDA using a Tapeout-Centric University Course
10:00 Break
10:20 CedarEDA for open source silicon
10:40 Cohort: Software-Oriented Acceleration for You, Me, and Our Heterogeneous SoCs
11:00 Towards xBGAS on CHERI: Examining the Benefits of a Secure Distributed Architecture
11:20 Lunch
12:20 Towards Cycle-accurate Simulation of xBGAS
12:40 Artifact Evaluation for the Field Programmable Gate Array Community
13:00 Chisel 6 and beyond
13:20 MRPHS: Enabling Transaction-level Deductive Formal Verification Through PDVL
13:40 Break
14:40 Riding The Wave: Building Wave Pipelines in FPGAs
15:00 Giving Students A Byte of Open-Source: Advancing Hardware Education
15:20 Break
15:40 Open-source resources for learning the Bluespec HL-HDLs
16:00 PyHDL-IF: An Easy-to-Use Python/HDL Cross-Calling Interface
16:20 Transition to Draper
17:00 Talks(30-40m) at Draper
18:00 Transition to lightning Talks
19:00 Lightning Talks
20:00 Go home


When What
8:40 Welcome
9:00 Open source RTL verification with Verilator
9:20 Sonata: A development platform to enable exploring the use of CHERI for embedded applications
9:40 Transparent Checkpointing for Fault Tolerance in RISC-V
10:00 Break
10:20 HDLAgent, Enhancing Hardware Language in the age of LLMs
10:40 Spade: An HDL Inspired By Modern Software Languages
11:00 Switchboard: Calling All Hardware Models
11:20 Lunch
12:20 From an Open-Source ISA to Open-Source HW to Open-Source Silicon
12:40 Open Source Hardware: Hacking Silicon for Fun (instead of profit)
13:00 A History of TL-Verilog Google Summer of Code Projects under FOSSi Foundation
13:20 UMI: Universal Memory Interface
13:40 Break
14:20 ABC: The Way It Should Have Been Designed
14:40 BYOL (Build Your Own Linter) – UVMLint for IEEE-UVM core code development
15:00 Beyond EDA lies Edalize
15:20 Break
15:40 RF Front-end receiver design for 2.4GH/5GHz WiFi application
16:00 CACE Study: Open source analog and mixed-signal design flow
16:20 IHP Open Source PDK: Announcement, Setup, Current State and Experiences, and look ahead
16:40 Tiny Tapeout: custom silicon open to all
17:20 Meet at Flattops


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April 19 @ 8:00 am PDT
April 21 @ 5:00 pm PDT
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FOSSi Foundation
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA United States
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