Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras scholars and researchers have toiled hard to come up with India’s first indigenous microprocessor, according to a report. Named ‘Shakti’, this will prove to be very useful in reducing dependency on microchips which are imported from abroad. ‘Shakti’ can utilise in surveillance cameras and smartphones. The design of this microprocessor was done by IIT-Madras. Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Chandigarh has fabricated the microchip which is essential for ‘Shakti’.
It is aimed at developing industrial-grade microprocessors and other components of the microprocessor ecosystem.
It was designed, developed and booted by IIT Madras with microchip fabricated in ISRO’s Semi-Conductor Laboratory at Chandigarh.
It has been developed under project partly funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), as part of two-decade-old efforts to develop indigenous microprocessors.
The microprocessor will reduce dependency on imported microchips especially in communication and defence sectors and thus eliminate the risk of cyber-attacks. It can be used in mobile computing, wireless and networking systems. It may also provide power to mobile phones, smart meters and surveillance cameras.