India’s First Indigenous Microprocessor “Ajit” Developed

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  • Engineers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) have developed a microprocessor called “AJIT” which could reduce the country’s dependence on
  • India’s First indigenous microprocessor “AJIT” developed


  • The  microprocessor   is   the   first   to   be conceptualised,   designed, developed and manufactured in
  • The project was funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and IIT
  • Powai Labs, a Mumbai-based company, has invested in the
  • It will own, market and support the


  • AJIT is a medium-sized
  • It can be used inside a set top box, as a control panel for automation systems, in a traffic light controller or even robotic
  • The expected price of the processor in market will be 100.
  • It can not be used in mobile phones yet and also not for trivial uses like washing machines either.
  • It can be used in WiFi routers, secure power metres or even electronic voting
  • In the first stage, AJIT has been manufactured in the government-owned Semiconductor Laboratory,
  • MeitY has extended its funding to enhance the processor and deploy it in government- initiated
  • SAMEER (Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research), an independent laboratory under MeitY, is planning to use AJIT in the receivers being developed for NAVIC or IRNNS (The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System), an indigenous navigation system for the Indian
  • India’s electronics market is expected to reach $400 billion by 2020
  • Most of the electronic devices that are used are imported and only a quarter of the devices are produced in the
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