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IIT-Madras develops microprocessor ‘MOUSHIK’ for IoT Devices

Chennai: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) have successfully booted up ‘MOUSHIK’, an indigenously-made Microprocessor for IoT devices.

MOUSHIK is a processor cum ‘system on chip’ that could cater to the rapidly-growing IoT devices, an integral part of Smart Cities of a Digital India. ‘MOUSHIK’ was conceptualized, designed and developed at the “Pratap Subrahmanyam Centre” for Digital Intelligence and Secure Hardware Architecture (PS-CDISHA) of the RISE Group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT-Madras.

An IIT-M release on Thursday said, the impact of the completely-indigenous development process was the showcasing of an Indian ecosystem for designing, developing and fabricating end-to-end systems within the country, leading to self-sufficiency.

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

Prof Kamakoti Veezhinathan, Reconfigurable Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) Group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT-M said, “There are three steps involved in the making of a microprocessor, namely — Design, Fabrication and Post-Silicon Boot-up. All three processes for MOUSHIK were undertaken in India, demonstrating an ‘AtmaNirbhar’ ecosystem in Digital Design Productization.”
“The Design of the Microprocessor, Motherboard Printed Circuit Board Design, Assembly and Post-Silicon Boot-up were done at IIT Madras”, he added.

The foundry-specific backend design and fabrication was undertaken at Semi-Conductor Laboratory of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Chandigarh and the motherboard was manufactured at Bengaluru.

Shakthi MOUSHIK SOC will constitute the heart of an indigenously-developed motherboard called ‘Ardonyx 1.0.” MOUSHIK is an Indigenous RISC-V Microprocessor and is the third chip of the SHAKTI family, all of which were conceptualized and developed by this Centre and were first time ‘silicon successes.’

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