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SHAKTI - India's first Indigenous MicroProcessor

SHAKTI - India's first Indigenous MicroProcessor
Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) have developed India's first microprocessor, Shakti, which could be used in mobile computing and new devices.

In July 2018, an initial batch of 300 chips, named RISECREEK was produced knocked out Project Shakti, that were fabricated at the Multinational Chip Manufacturer Intels gift at Oregon, USA, that successfully booted the Linux effective system. Now, the fabrication has been finished in India.

The project is funded by Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

These Shakti microprocessor based systems are going to be widely used in future such as defence, nuclear proficiency installations, doling out agencies and departments.

According to IITM, the Shakti microprocessor can be used in low-expertise wireless systems and networking systems moreover reducing reliance in checking account to imported microprocessors in communication and defence sectors.

The Shakti associates of processors was fabricated at Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Indian Space Research Organizations (ISRO) in Chandigarh, making it the first RISC V Microprocessor to be every portion of expected and made in India .

The other crucial aspect of such an indigenous design, development and fabricating approach is reducing the risk of deploying systems that may be infected with back-doors and hardware Trojans.

With the advent of Digital India, there are several applications that require customisable processor cores. The 180nm fabrication feature at SCL Chandigarh is crucial in getting these cores manufacturers within our Country, said Prof. Kamakoti Veezhinathan, Lead Researcher, Reconfigurable Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IITM.