IIT- Madras has recently developed the first of a family of six industry-standard microprocessors, named "RISECREEK"
under the project "Shakti". RISECREEK is a kind of chip family that India always wanted, but could not make so far.
Indigenous Microprocessor - RISECREEK
The microprocessors involved in the chip are optimised for power consumption and compete with Cortex A5 from Advanced
RISC Machines (ARM) like international units.
The design of RISECREEK's microprocessors is open source and have been fabricated free at Intel's facility at Oregon, U.S.,
to run the Linux operating system.
RISECREEK's microprocessors scored 1.68 against the competition's 1.57 in terms of the DMIPS per megahertz rating
with a frequency of 350 MHz.
The Shakti Project was started in 2014 as an IIT-M initiative, a part of the plan is being funded by the Union Ministry of
Electronics and Information Technology. The project covers not only microprocessors but several high speed interconnects to
develop super computers capable of Petaflop and Exaflop level computing.
Project Skakti contains six types of microprocessors C class is ready while E and I class of microprocessors to be used in
IoT devices, fan/motor controls etc and desktops and mobile phones is soon to follow. S class which can be used for
enterprise class servers is underway.
H class, 32 cores microprocessors part of next phase Para-SHAKTI project, consists of massive parallel processing
capacity to build High Performance computers is also inline.
Benfits of RISECREEK
Country's demands of defence and strategic equipment such as NAVIC (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite) and
Internet of Things (IoT) can be met by these indigenous Microprocessor.
Apart from better processing speed the process of making RISECREEK chips is three times faster than the industry
standards. The design of this made in India chip family is open source so that its microprocessors can be adapted by others.