The Indian government has launched the ‘Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge‘ to promote homegrown microprocessor companies. This clearly aims at the making of Atmanirbhar Bharat or a self-reliant India.
Notably, earlier this under the Microprocessor Development Programme, the Ministry of Electronics and IT rolled out microprocessors ‘Shakti‘ and ‘Vega.’
In this Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge, 100 shortlisted companies will win a grant of a total prize worth INR 1 Crore. However, the 25 finalists will win INR 1 crore each. Also, the finalist top 10 teams will get the award as the seed fund of total INR 2.30 crore and 12 months of incubation support.
While launching this challenge, the Union Minister of Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad said;
“Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge, Innovate Solutions for #Aatmanirbhar Bharat seeks to invite innovators, startups, and students. This is to use these microprocessors to develop various technology products. This initiative is aimed at meeting India’s future requirements of strategic and industrial sectors. And this also has the potential to mitigate the issues of security, licensing, technology obsolescence, and most crucially cutting dependency on imports.”
Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge Registration Process
Meanwhile, the registration process has already begun from 18 August and the challenge will be spread over 10 months.
As quoted in MyGovDotIn;
Under #AatmaNibharBharat Abhiyan, there is a growing need for Swadeshi Compute Hardware. It shall be part of every Smart Device deployed in different domains. Those include Electronics for public utility services such as Surveillance, Transportation. Also added Environmental condition monitoring, to commodity appliances like smart fans/ locks/ washing machines.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge;
- All the participants must be Indian Nationals and should make use of Xilinx FPGA Boards or one of the Microprocessors & associated ecosystems (Shakti & Vega).
- The contest is open to all Indian students pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate & Doctoral degrees in an Engineering discipline with Indian Colleges and Universities.
- Teams can have no more than 5 students and 2 faculty members.
- Start-ups. As per the definition of a startup notified by DPIIT.
(Please visit innovation.mygov.in for full details)
This Microprocessor Development Programme by MeitY at C-DAC, IIT Madras, and IIT Bombay aims to compute the ecosystem around industry-grade Microprocessors.
Meantime, for strengthening the #VocalForLocal campaign, govt has already launched content to promote a homegrown video conferencing tool along with giving a push to local mobile applications.