India's First Commercial System on Chip (SoC) Launched

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Mindgrove Technologies Private Limited, in collaboration with IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation and IIT Madras Incubation Cell, introduced India's first commercial System on Chip (SoC) called Secure Internet of Things (IoT) on May 6, 2024.

An Overview of the News

  • It is anticipated to be 30% more cost-effective than existing chips in similar categories, targeting IoT devices.

Technical Specifications:

  • The Microcontroller Unit (MCU) chip has successfully undergone Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) tape-out at the 28 nanometer (nm) node.

  • Secure IoT boasts a high-performance micro-controller operating at 700 Megahertz (MHz).

Domestic Integration:

  • The chip is poised to enable Indian companies to incorporate a domestic SoC into their products, reducing costs while maintaining top-notch features.

Versatile Applications:

  • Its applications range from smartwatches to smart city devices like connected meters for electricity, water, and gas, as well as connected home gadgets like smart locks, fans, and speakers, along with Electric Vehicle (EV) battery management systems and control systems.

  • Secure IoT offers a wide array of features and is designed to be compatible with bare metal code or micro-controller Real-Time Operating System (RTOS), thus expanding its utility to domains such as traffic control systems, autonomous vehicles, medical equipment, etc.

Market Impact:

  • Notably, India consumes over a billion chips annually, and Secure IoT has the potential to replace between 10 to 50 million of them.

Supporting Ecosystem:

  • Mindgrove not only plans to sell the chip but also aims to provide design expertise to Indian firms, facilitating faster innovation and scaling up production in India.

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