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India creates RISC-V-based chip

by on25 September 2020

Wants a little independence

A team from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, delivered a working sample of a new RISC-V-based chip in its Shakti series of open-source designs.

The tech is not exactly state of the art. The chip will be fabbed using a 180nm process and named Moushik. It uses a 32-bit Shakti E-class core and can run at between 75Mhz and 100MHz.

Its motherboard has Arduino-compatible headers, so can work with various daughter-cards, and GPIO and UART support. “In addition the motherboard also has switcher ICs which enable power conversion across a large variety of voltages”, the team adds, “thus enabling a variety of peripherals to be interfaceable with the motherboard. The PCB is a four-layer motherboard with an input power of 12 volt at two amps”.

All this is geared to IoT and embedded applications.

The move is seen as a step to grow India's capacity to build other silicon as the country wants to become an electronics manufacturing powerhouse.


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