Indian researchers develop country’s first microprocessor ‘Shakti’

Indian researchers develop country’s first microprocessor Shakti

‘Shakti’ is India’s first indigenous microprocessor

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) have designed India’s first Microprocessor that can assist scale back the country’s dependence on imported methods in communications and protection sectors.

The processor, referred to as Shakti, has been developed at an outlay of about Rs 11 crore and is alleged to be on par with its worldwide counterparts. It can be utilized in numerous client digital gadgets, cell computing gadgets, low-power wi-fi methods, and networking methods.

“The microprocessor can be used by others as it is on par with International Standards”, a press release from IIT-M mentioned. “The microprocessor will not get outdated as it is one of the few ‘RISC V Microprocessors’ in the world now.”

The ‘SHAKTI’ household of microprocessors was fabricated at Semi-Conductor Laboratory of Indian Space Research Organizations (ISRO) in Chandigarh, making it the first ‘RISC V Microprocessor’ to designed and utterly made in India, IIT-M mentioned.

The microprocessor’s design relies on an open Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) named RISC-V, famous Professor Kamakoti Veezhinathan, Lead Researcher, Reconfigurable Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT-M. This means anybody can design, manufacture, and promote chips based mostly on this structure.

The most crucial facet of such an indigenous design, improvement and fabricating method is lowering the danger of deploying methods which can be affected by the back-doors and {hardware} Trojans.

This achievement will get enormous implication when methods based mostly on Shakti processors are accepted by strategic sectors equivalent to protection, nuclear energy installations, authorities companies, and departments.

“With the advent of Digital India, there are several applications that require customizable processor cores. The 180nm fabrication facility at SCL Chandigarh is crucial in getting these cores manufacturers within our Country,” Veezhinathan mentioned.

The venture initially started in 2011 and was afterward granted a funding of Rs.11 crore ($1.5 million) from the Government of India in 2017.

“We have proved that a microprocessor can be designed, developed and fabricated in India. This is important for the country. All the countries would like to own the design part. Even from the security point of view, indigenous design gains importance,” famous Veezhinathan.

“The affect of this utterly indigenous fabrication is that India has now attained independence in designing, growing and fabricating end-to-end methods inside the nation, resulting in self-sufficiency.

Veezhinathan and his workforce are additionally engaged on a microprocessor for supercomputers, named ‘Parashakti,’ which is prone to be launched by the tip of the yr.


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