India to Design RISC-V Processors

Indian engineers are hoping to develop its first 64bit microprocessor once the government’s R&D division receives about $45 million funding before June. If funding is released as expected, the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a branch of India’s Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, could assemble a 64-bit RISC-V processor in about 30 months, said Biju C. Oommen, a senior manager in C-DAC’s chip design unit. The team consists of about 70 engineers who have designed a wide variety of 8- to 32-bit processors and SoC blocks reports EE Times.

Separately a team of about 30 designers at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has been working for more than two years on a family of 32- and 64-bit open source processors based on RISC-V. The work started in  2011 under the name Shakti which means power and the chips originally used IBM Power cores.

“We focus on IoT devices partly because that’s a buzzword, there’s a requirement in India for them and most volumes are there, be we also have a five-stage pipeline design for higher end embedded stuff,” said G. S. Madhusudan, a principal scientist working on the project at IIT Madras. Madhusudan said he expects at least one startup will be formed soon to develop a variant of a Shakti chip targeting government requirements for high security.


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California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.


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