Iit-madras de­vel­ops ‘In­dia’s first mi­cro­pro­ces­sor’, Shakti

Oman Daily Observer - - SCITECH -

RE­SEARCHERS at In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Madras (IIT-M) have de­signed and booted up In­dia’s first mi­cro­pro­ces­sor, Shakti, which could be used in mo­bile com­put­ing and other de­vices.

Ac­cord­ing to IIT-M, the Shakti mi­cro­pro­ces­sor can be used in low-power wire­less sys­tems and net­work­ing sys­tems be­sides re­duc­ing re­liance on im­ported mi­cro­pro­ces­sors in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and de­fence sec­tors.

The mi­cro­pro­ces­sor can be used by oth­ers as it is on par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, re­searchers said.

The Shakti fam­ily 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 com­pletely de­signed and made in In­dia, IIT-M said.

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.

This de­vel­op­ment will as­sume huge sig­nif­i­cance when sys­tems based on Shakti pro­ces­sors are adopted by strate­gic sec­tors such as de­fence, nu­clear power in­stal­la­tions, govern­ment agen­cies and de­part­ments.

“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,” said Prof Ka­makoti Veezhi­nathan, Lead Re­searcher, Re­con­fig­urable In­tel­li­gent Sys­tems En­gi­neer­ing (RISE) Lab­o­ra­tory, Depart­ment of Com­puter Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing at IIT-M.

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