To become self-reliant, Government of India has started “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge- Innovate Solutions for #Aatmanirbhar Bharat” to support and incubate the tech start-up ecosystem encouraging them to use Shakti and Vega microprocessors that are developed by IIT Madras and CDAC.
Ministry of Electronics and IT has earmarked a grant of Rs 4.30 crore under this challenge to support the indigenous start-ups.
“Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, inaugurated “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge- Innovate Solutions for #Aatmanirbhar Bharat” to provide further impetus to the strong ecosystem of Start-up, innovation and research in the country.”
IIT Madras and Center for Development of Advance Computing (CDAC) have developed family of microprocessors named SHAKTI (32-bit/ 64-bit variants) and VEGA (32-bit/ 64-bit variants) respectively using Open Source Architecture under the aegis of the Microprocessor Development Programme of the Ministry of Electronics and IT.
“Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge- Innovate Solutions for #Aatmanirbhar Bharat” seeks to invite innovators, startups, and students to use these microprocessors to develop various technology products.
This initiative has the potential to mitigate the issues of security, licensing, technology obsolescence and most crucially cutting dependency on imports.
The design, development & fabrication of these state-of-the-art processor variants at a foundry in the country and abroad, is the successful step to leapfrog to the ultimate goal of a vibrant ecosystem of Electronic System Design & Manufacturing in the country.
The “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge” is part of the series of proactive, preemptive and graded measures taken by Ministry of Electronics and IT to spur the technology-led innovation ecosystem in the country and staying at the forefront of digital adoption.
Open to students at all levels and startups, the Challenge demands contestants to not only tinker with these Swadeshi Processor IPs & facilitate them with innovating the frugal solutions for societal needs but also make available the entire home-grown ecosystem around Swadeshi Processors to develop the complex designs for catering to both global and domestic requirements in near future.
Ministry offers a slew of benefits to the contestants and technology resources that include not only the internship opportunities and regular technical guidance from the best VLSI & Electronics System Design Experts in the country but also the business mentorship & funding support, facilitated by Incubation Centres.
The Challenge spread over 10 months, has already kick-started with the registration process at innovate.mygov.in. It will culminates in June 2021, with an opportunity for 100 Semi-finalists to win total Rs. 1.00 Crore of Award, 25 Finalists to win total Rs. 1.00 Crore of Award and top 10 teams entering the finale, will get the seed fund of total Rs 2.30 Crore and 12 months incubation support.
Above all, participants will get an opportunity to translate their innovations around Swadeshi Processors, showcase them at a higher viewership platform and facilitate them to scale from ideation to marketplace, thereby standing a chance to contribute to the overall mission of #AtmaNirbharta of Government.