IIT-Madras plans centre to design, make microchip

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on January 05, 2011

IIT Madras Deputy Director V G Idichandy, Viswani Agarwal, Auburn University US, Anand Raghunathan and N Venkateswaran at the inauguration of 24th International Conference on VLSI Design and 10th on Embedded Systems at IIT Madras in Chennai. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan   -  THE HINDU

Intel, Magma will be involved in setting up the centre

IIT-Madras is planning to set up a centre of excellence for VLSI (very-large-scale integration) design and microchip making. A blue print on this will be ready in the next six months, according to Prof Kamakoti Veezhinathan, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT-Madras. Global companies such as Magma and Intel will be involved in setting up the centre, he told newspersons.

The centre will not only create ideas in VLSI design but also pick up ideas from other departments in the institute to solve an industry problem. It could also collaborate with the private sector in solving the problem. “There are many killer applications being developed in the institute that can be used by the industry,” he said without going into details at the sidelines of the 24{+t}{+h} International Conference on VLSI Design and the 10{+t}{+h} international conference on Embedded Systems.

IIT-Madras is hosting the conference on VLSI design from January 2- 7. The event for the VLSI/semiconductor industry returns to Chennai after a decade. VLSI is the process of creating integrated circuits by combining thousands of transistors into a single chip.

According to Mr Alok Mehrotra, Managing Director, Magma India, a subsidiary of the US-based Magma Design Automation Inc., the size and complexity of design being implemented in India has dramatically changed, catalysed by the success of ‘ambitious' design projects at leading semiconductor companies' India centres.

The $130-million Magma is also taking advantage of the key technical strengths in India. Out of the company's 667 employees, 30 per cent are working in India. The company's software enables global chip companies to create integrated circuits for mobile phones, electronic games, Wi-Fi, MP3 players, digital video, networking and other electronic applications, he said.

The conference is deliberating on the trends and the road ahead as VLSI design and embedded systems are the core technologies behind all electronics used widely today in these and more domains. These three verticals are also the ones with the highest growth rates projected for India over the years ahead.

Published on January 05, 2011

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