Under the Chips to Startup Program, the government is seeking submissions by 100 start-ups, MSMEs, R & D institutions, and academia to train 85,000 professionals in very-large-scale integration (VLSI) and embedded system design.
The Union endorsed a Rs 76,000 crore program in December 2021 to boost India's semiconductor and display production, intending to establish the country as a global centre for high-tech production and recruit multinational chip producers. Over the next six years, India will construct around 20 semiconductor design, components production, and display fabrication (fab) centres under this program.
Chips to Startup Program [C2S] - Overview
In order to make India a global centre for Electronic System Design and Manufacturing, the Indian government has devised a comprehensive initiative to ensure a viable semiconductor mixed display ecosystem in the country. It has decided to create a "complete ecosystem for semiconductors in the country, including design, manufacturing, packing, testing, and other services".
Importance of the Chips to Startup Program
The Chips to Startup Program will lead to the production of 175 ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits), an IP core library, and working prototypes of 20 systems on chips over the course of five years.
It will be a stride towards advancing in the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) domain if the SoC/System Level Design culture is injected at the bachelor, master, and research levels. It will also aid in the development of fabless design start-ups.
The curriculum includes quality people instruction, R & D, systems integration, equipment IP layout, testing, application-oriented R & D, and deployment, among other topics.
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing is the nodal agency for the Chips to Startup Program's execution (C-DAC). C-DAC is a scientific group linked with MeitY. (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology).
Scope of the Chips to Startup Program
Around 100 educational institutions/research and development companies across India (particularly IITs, NITs, IIITs, government colleges, and R & D firms) will participate in the Chips to Startup Program.
Startups and MSMEs can also apply by proposing a solution for System/SoC/IP Core development via Academia-Industry Collaboration Projects, Grand Challenges/Hackathons/RFP(s).
The Chips to Startup Program will encompass every area of electronics and will be implemented with the support of academics, industry, start-ups, and R & D institutions all working together.
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Chips to Startup Program - Latest Developments
Three applications in three categories are invited under the & nbsp Chips to Startup Program, based on institution knowledge, technology readiness level (TRL), and design experience:
- SoCs/systems/ASICs/Reusable IP Core design and development(s)
- Application-oriented working prototypes of IPs, SoCs, and ASICs.
- ASIC/FPGA R & D with a focus on proof of concept.
Chips to Startup Program - Application Process
The Chips to Startup Program website was accepting applications until January 31, 2022. The action plans must follow the guidelines outlined on the Chips to Startup Program webpage.
Institutions interested in joining the program must meet the necessary requirements listed on the website and adhere to the regulations indicated in the proposals.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information (MeitY) has invited applications from 100 academia, R & D organisations, start-ups, and MSMEs for its Chips to Startup Program, which is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to make India the next semiconductor centre.
FAQs on Chips to Startup Program
Q.1. Which ministry has invited applications under the Chips to Startup Program?
The Ministry of Electronics and Information (MeitY) has invited applications from 100 academia, R & D organisations, start-ups, and MSMEs for its Chips to Startup Program.
Q.2. What is the number of years the Chips to Startup Program is aiming to train engineers?
Over five years, the Chips to Startup Program aims to train 85,000 high-quality and qualified engineers in the areas of VLSI and Embedded System Design, as well as develop 175 ASICs.
Q.3. The Chips to Startup Program was accepting applications to which date?
The Chips to Startup Program website accepted submissions until the 31st of January 2022.
Q.4. Which is the nodal agency for the Chips to Startup Program?
The nodal agency for the Chips to Startup Program implementation is the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).
Q.5. What is the scope of the Chips to Startup Program?
The Chips to Startup Program will cover every aspect of electronics.