Engineers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) have developed a microprocessor called “AJIT” which could reduce the country’s dependence on imports.
- The microprocessor is the first to be conceptualised, designed, developed and manufactured in India.
- The project was funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and IIT Bombay.
- Powai Labs, a Mumbai-based company, has invested in the venture.
- It will own, market and support the product.
AJIT is a medium-sized processor.It can be used inside a set top box, as a control panel for automation systems, in a traffic light controller or even robotic systems.
- The expected price of the processor in market will be Rs.100.
- It can not be used in mobile phones yet and also not for trivial uses like washing machines either.
- It can be used in WiFi routers, secure power metres or even electronic voting machines.
- In the first stage, AJIT has been manufactured in the government-owned Semiconductor Laboratory, Chandigarh.
- MeitY has extended its funding to enhance the processor and deploy it in government-initiated projects.
- SAMEER (Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research), an independent laboratory under MeitY, is planning to use AJIT in the receivers being developed for NAVIC or IRNNS (The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System), an indigenous navigation system for the Indian subcontinent.