Computer scientists from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras have developed first of family of six industry-standard microprocessors under Project Shakti. The initial batch of 300 chips have been named RISECREEK and have been fabricated at Intel’s facility at Oregon, US for free to run Linux operating system. Project Shakti was started in 2014 as IIT-M initiative and part of it is funded by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Their design is open source and can be adapted by others. They optimise power use and compete with international units such as Cortex A5 from Advanced RISC Machines (ARM). They have better performance in terms of DMIPS per megahertz rating than A5 and score of 1.68 against competition’s 1.57. These viable industry-grade microprocessors can operate at frequency of 350 MHz, thus meets demands of defence and strategic equipment of country such as NAVIC (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite) and Internet of Things (IoT) electronics. These processors can also be tapped for future efforts in semiconductors.