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Making India a Semiconductor hub; Govt. invites application for Chips to Startup (C2S) Programme

To make India a global hub for Electronic System Design and Manufacturing, the government of India has approved the comprehensive program for the development of a sustainable semiconductor and display ecosystem in the country.

India has decided to set up a “complete ecosystem” for Semiconductors in the country that includes design, fabrication, packaging, testing, etc.

In line with the initiative, the Ministry of Electronics and Information (MeitY) has sought applications from 100 academia, R&D organisations, start-ups and MSMEs under its Chips to Startup (C2S) Programme.

What is the Chips to Startup (C2S) Programme?

A Cabinet committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had initiated this program to usher in a new era in electronics manufacturing by providing a globally competitive incentive package to companies in semiconductors and display manufacturing as well as design.

The programme aims to train 85,000 high-quality and qualified engineers in the area of very-large-scale integration (VLSI) and Embedded System Design. With the help of this training, the government intends to usher the development of 175 ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits), Working Prototypes of 20 System on Chips (SoC) and IP Core repository over a period of 5 years.

The scheme will be a significant leap in the Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) backbone of India since, on one hand, it will inculcate the culture of SoC/ System Level Design at Bachelors, Masters and Research level, while on the other, it will act as a catalyst for the growth of Start-ups involved in the fabless design.

The scope of the C2S Programme

The C2S programme will be executed at about 100 academic institutions/R&D organisations across India (including IITs, NITs, IIITs, Government/Private Colleges and R&D Organisations).

The programme is also open for Startups and MSMEs, they can participate by submitting their proposals under Academia-Industry Collaborative Project, Grand Challenge/ /Hackathons/RFP for development of System/SoC/IP Core(s).

The government has high hopes from C2S programme since its implementation will touch upon each entity of the value chain in electronics, namely, quality manpower training, research and development, hardware IPs design, System design, application-oriented R&D, Prototype design that will be deployed with the help of academia, industry, start-ups and R&D establishments – combined.

The Implementation and Proposal

Earlier, the MeitY carried out the “Special Manpower Development Program for Chips to System Design (SMDP-C2SD)” as an Umbrella programme held under Digital India Initiave in December 2014 at 60 Academic and Research & Development Institutions spread across the country including IITs, NITs, IISc, IIITs, etc.

Under the present C2C programme, the MeitY has invited proposals based on the Institutions’ expertise, acquired during earlier SMDP Programmes in terms of Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and design experience.

The proposals have been invited in three different categories;
a. Design and Development of Systems/SoCs/ASICs/Reusable IP Core(s)
b. Development of Application Oriented Working Prototype of IPs/ASICs/SoCs
c. Proof of Concept oriented Research and Development of ASICs/FPGAs

C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), a scientific society operating under MeitY is going to serve as the nodal agency for this programme.

The online applications are open at the Chips to Startup (C2S) website until January 31, 2022.

C2C Portal:

The project proposals need to be submitted at the C2S portal in the format prescribed on the website. Also, the institutions applying under the programme have been asked to meet the eligibility criteria defined at the portal, in line with the proposals’ guidelines.

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