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There's a New Microprocessor in Town, from India


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Moushik microprocessor and Ardonyx 1.0 motherboard

The Moushik microprocessor and Ardonyx 1.0 motherboard were developed in India.

Researchers at the Reconfigurable Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) Group at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras have successfully developed a system-on-chip microprocessor called Moushik. Completely made in India, the microprocessor is open-sourced and can be accessed by anyone for academic purposes or from industry. 

Funded by India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the microprocessor captures Indian design specifics and caters to the country's requirements. "We estimate several millions of these devices to be available in the market over the next few years," says Professor Kamakoti Veezhinathan of the RISE Group.

"The current microprocessor ecosystem in the world thrives on architectures that are patented and licensed. IIT Madras chose to take up an open source Instruction Set Architecture called RISC-V and develop microprocessors around this open source ISA," Veezhinathan says.

The microprocessor was designed at IIT Madras and manufactured at Semiconductor Laboratory, Chandigarh. About 15 students, project staff, and faculty worked on the device.

From The New Indian Express
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