Microelectronics has affected almost every walk of life such as healthcare and environment, education, agriculture, communication, robotics, automation, avionics, automobiles, instrumentation, power, military etc. Microelectronics is the key driver for the economic growth in its role as a technology driver, enabler and indicator of technological progress in the whole electronics chain. The phenomenal growth of the microelectronics technology has significantly contributed to the success of information and telecommunication technology in the last few decades.
Recognizing importance of microelectronics as the major economic contributor in the growth of the country, MeitY initiated the Microelectronics Development Programme in 1980s. The thrust of Microelectronics Development Programme has been to establish microelectronics base in the country through setting up of centres of excellence, technology development & capacity building through sponsored R&D projects in the area of Microelectronics. As a step towards the same, besides sponsoring other R&D projects in the area of Microelectronics, Centres for Analog Mixed Signal (AMS) Design for Design, Testing and Characterization were supported at IIT Madras, IISc Bangalore and CEERI Pilani. Also, with a view to make available industry-ready manpower specialized in VLSI design, Special Manpower Development Programme (SMDP) in VLSI Design was initiated earlier in two phases which resulted in increasing India’s share in the global VLSI Design market along with generation of 9300 and 38000 specialized manpower in VLSI design area respectively. Special Manpower Development Programme for Chips to System Design (SMDP-C2SD) initiated subsequently at 60 academic institutions aims to train 50,000 number of specialized manpower over a period of 5 years in the area of VLSI design and inculcate the culture of System Level Design at Bachelors, Masters and Research level.
Projects for development of technologies/ products for societal, industrial and strategic sectors have also been initiated which include projects for design and development of Microprocessor, NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) Receivers, Bluetooth Transceiver which not only aim to develop the technology base in the country in these areas but also to enable taking of complex designs in the country in the area of Microelectronics.
The following are the broad thrust area identified under Microelectronics Development programme:
- RF and Analog Mixed Signal technologies
- Embedded Systems
- EDA tools and related Software
- VLSI, Processors (Micro, RISC, ASP etc.)- Design/ Fabrication, Characterization, Testing and modelling etc.
- Micro sensors, Detectors etc.
- Integrated MEMS and VLSI designs solutions
- Process Technologies including development of related semiconductor materials
The Priority research areas identified for this year are:
For further information please contact:
Smt. Sunita Verma
Scientist ‘F’ and Director
Microelectronics Development Division
R&D in Electronics Group
Phone: +91-11-24364810 (Office)