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Atma Nirbhar Bharat for real. India’s microprocessor developed with these amazing features

By Subhransu Sekhar Sahoo

On May 12th, 2020, as our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced Atma Nirbhar Bharat that is about the Self-Reliant India Movement, many Indian individuals, as well as companies, emerged as a hope for reviving the Indian Economy as well as taking a step ahead of being self-reluctant. As a result, it has been a proud moment for the country, when the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) announced their successful development of Microprocessor for IoT Devices.

As per a press release by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras Researchers on 24th September 2020, MOUSHIK is a microprocessor that was natively developed at Pratap Subrahmanyam Centre, by the RISE Group at IIT Madras. They also uploaded a video on their YouTube Channel explaining their project. Link for the Video:

The concept, development as well as design of the MOUSHIK the microprocessor was successfully done at the Indian Institute of Technology that has been specifically designed for the speedily growing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, like smart cards, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Attendance Registering systems, surveillance Cameras, safe locks as well as Consumer Electronics.

It has been India’s first-ever microprocessor for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices that have been completely manufactured and developed within the boundary of India, making it a completely Made in India processor. Being natively developed, MOUSHIK becomes the third member of the Shakti family. The specific backend design and the fabrication of this processor have been made in Chandigarh and manufactured in Bengaluru. Shakthi MOUSHIK SOC will compose the heart of a natively developed motherboard called “Ardonyx 1.0”.

Taking about some awesome features of this microprocessor, a 180-nanometer technology that can support up to 512 Mb SDRAM that requires 12 Volts at 2 Ampere of input power. The Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is 4 layers at 1.6-millimetre (mm) thickness.

MOUSHIK microprocessor has been designed by keeping in mind the International Guidelines and Standards and is not behind other processor companies like Snapdragon or MediaTek in terms of microprocessors. Currently, MOUSHIK has been made an open-source that means anybody interested can take up the processor, modify or edit it as well as manufacture it, which can encourage investors to invest in it and use it.

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