by Chips4Makers

An open silicon microcontroller with a Z80, MOS6502, and M68K - start the open silicon revolution

Oct 24, 2018

Campaign End

When you read this message, it means that the Retro-uC campaign has come to an end... Read the full update.

Sep 04, 2018

Campaign funding goal details

As of writing this, the campaign has been running for one and a half weeks and is just $1 under three thousand dollars in funding. A good start but also still a long way to go. If still in doubt, don't procrastinate - and go support the Retro-uC and Chips4Makers project. Read the full update.

Aug 22, 2018

The Retro-uC Campaign is Now Live!

I am delighted the moment has come and the Retro-uC campaign has launched. I hope you are as excited as I am! Read the full update.

Feb 02, 2018

Chips4Makers @ FOSDEM 2018 and Proposal for Pledge Options

When writing this I am putting the last efforts in my presentations for FOSDEM 2018. Read the full update.

Dec 07, 2017

The Importance of Open Source

In order to provide some more background on the reason why the Chips4Makers project exists, I started writing some blog posts. Read the full update.

Oct 17, 2017

Video of ORConf 2017 Presentation

The videos of the ORConf 2017 conference are posted on-line. Also the Chips4Makers presentation video is part of it. Enjoy the video and learn more about the purpose of this project. Read the full update.

Sep 12, 2017

Chips4Makers @ ORConf 2017

The goals and plans for the Chips4Makers project were presented at ORConf 2017, and XLR8 source has been released. Read the full update.

$4,034 raised

of $22,000 goal

18% Funded Time Expired
Oct 21 2018

Product Choices


Support Chips4Makers!

Thanks for supporting to get the open silicon movement started. You will be remembered until eternity!


Retro-uC Chip

The Retro-uC chip in a QFP package.



The Retro-uC on a board with Arduino Mega footprint and compatible I/O. USB is used to power the board and for programming it.


Retro-uC Breadboard

A Retro-uC mounted on a PCB that is breadboardable. The board is delivered with headers that make the board compatible with classic DIL chips. The headers are not mounted yet and need to be soldered manually.


Retro-uC ProtoPlus

The Retro-uC mounted on a Perf2+ style prototype board.


Retro-uC Fired Up Pack

A pack for the Retro-uC and open silicon believer to show their support. The pack contains the Retro-uC chip and one of each Retro-uC board. It will also give early access to the Chips4Makers developer board that will be set up after the Retro-uC chip has been taped out.


Retro-uC Chip Developer Pack

The Fired Up Pack with an additional Digilent FPGA board pre-loaded with Retro-uC source code and delivered early so you can start developing your own IC. The FPGA will be shipped the same time when the development hub will be opened, the Retro-uC Fired Up Pack will be shipped later.


Retro-uC Chip 5 Pack

5 Retro-uC chips.



Chips want to be free.

Staf Verhaegen

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