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Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) researchers have designed India’s first indigenous microprocessor called ‘Shakti’.

About Shakti:

  • It is aimed at developing industrial-grade microprocessors and other components of the microprocessor ecosystem.
  • It was designed, developed and booted by IIT Madras with microchip fabricated in ISRO’s Semi-Conductor Laboratory at Chandigarh.
  • It has been developed under project partly funded by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), as part of two-decade-old efforts to develop indigenous microprocessors.

Significance:

The microprocessor will reduce dependency on imported microchips especially in communication and defence sectors and thus eliminate risk of cyber-attacks. It can be used in mobile computing, wireless and networking systems. It may also provide power to mobile phones, smart meters and surveillance cameras.

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