This story just blows me away! I cannot tell you how impressed I am. Until I heard this I would have said that the days of an individual (or a small group) inventing and creating a new chip on their own were long gone -- but this tells me that the days of the garage inventor are still with us and I find that to be incredibly uplifting!
I have had the privilege of working with Andreas before he set off on this crazy venture. Only he could pull off something like this. Apart from his brilliant technical skills he has a wonderful personality.
Andreas, I’m very happy for you and I wish you the very best going forward!
True hands-on, Deep Engineering; coupled with perserverance, self-belief, and intelligent direction of the effort to an end product need! The parallels and contrasts with Chuck Moore's work over at GreenArrays.com are fascinating, although Chuck wrote his own silicon compiler/GDSII layout tools because that was the only way to understand how fast silicon could actually go, and how to reliably achieve that potential performance in production. Juries are still out on commercial success for both efforts although of course we wish them well!