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Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge 2020” as a step towards the Prime Minister’s ambition of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. Use the indigenous microprocessors SHAKTI from IIT Madras and VEGA from CDAC to build applications.

However, the registrations end on September 30. Jump to details & registration here.

What this is all about?

The “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge 2020” is part of the series of active and graded measures taken by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology to spur the technology-led innovation ecosystem in the country.

Who can join?

  • All Indian students pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate & Doctoral degrees in an Engineering discipline with Indian Colleges and Universities. Teams of no more than 5 students and 2 faculty members are allowed.
  • Also, Start-ups
  • Others, for those who are neither student nor Start-up. Check the eligibility criteria

What is the timeline for the Microprocessor Challenge?

The Challenge spread over 10 months, kick starts with the registration process on 18th August 2020. However ends in June 2021. More details >>

Benefits and resources provided:

  • Firstly, Internship opportunities & regular technical guidance from the best VLSI & Electronics System Design Experts in the country
  • Then, Business mentorship & funding support up to Rs.4.30 Crore at various stages of the Challenge for developing the hardware prototype and incubating a start-up.
  • Also, an opportunity for the 100 Semi-finalists to win a total of Rs. 1.00 Crore of Award, 25 Finalists to win a total Rs. 1.00 Crore of Award.
  • Similarly, the top 10 teams winning the finale will get the seed fund of total Rs 2.30 Crore and 12 months incubation support.
  • Above all, participants can showcase their talent. Also, they get a chance to contribute to the overall mission of #AtmaNirbharta of Government.

SHAKTI Processor:

  • IIT Madras has designed and developed a family of industry-grade 32-bit and 64-bit Microprocessors from the ground up.
  • Also, this is a step towards meeting India’s future requirements of the strategic/ commercial/ industrial sectors.
  • These processors have been fabricated using Intel’s 22nm Technology at Oregon (USA). Also in 180nm at the Indian foundry SCL, Mohali.
  • Above all, these processors hold the potential to serve more than 80% of India’s strategic computing needs.

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Discussion forum for competition:


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