‘Shakti’ – First ‘Made In India’ Computer Chip Fabricated By IIT Madras

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Published by Mamatha Reddy on 30 Oct 2018

During the last week, the boffins at Madras-based Indian Institute of Technology Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have created and booted up the country’s first Indigenously-developed Microprocessor.

The newly created microprocessor can be utilized in mobile computing devices, embedded low power wireless systems and networking arrangements in addition to reducing dependence on imported micros in Communications as well as defence segments.

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The Microprocessor can be utilized by others also as it is on par with Global Standards, stated a report from IIT.

The ‘SHAKTI’ family of microprocessor got developed at Semi-Conductor Laboratory of Indian Space Research Organizations (ISRO) in the city of Chandigarh, turning it the initial ‘RISC V Microprocessor’ to be entirely developed and fabricated in India.

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As per the account, the other vital characteristic of such an original design, growth and fabricating method is cutting down the possibility of deploying arrangements, which may be tainted with back-doors and hardware Trojans.

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While speaking about the significance of this development, lead researcher Prof Kamakoti Veezhinathan, Reconfigurable Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras stated, “With the advent of Digital India there are several applications that require customisable processor cores. The 180nm fabrication facility at SCL Chandigarh is crucial in getting these cores manufacturers within our Country.”

SHAKTI processor family aims clock speeds to go well with several end-user app devices like several consumer electronic devices, mobile computing methods, implanted low power wireless arrangements and networking arrangements, among others.

The Project gets financed under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.

With this wholly indigenous creation, as per IIT Madras, India has currently attained freedom in designing, originating and fabricating end-to-end systems within the nation, leading to self-sufficiency.

With a large proportion of applications necessitating sub 200 MhZ processors, the present triumph paves approach to productization of several hand-held and control app methods, it stated.

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