Government of India launches Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge: Rs 1 crore prize money

To promote indigenous microprocessor manufacturing and designing, the Government of India has launched the “Indigenous Microprocessor Challenge” with the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Registrations for this indigenous microprocessor challenge began on the MyGov website on August 18
The 25 winners will receive Rs 1 crore each.

Registrations for the challenge began on the MyGov website on August 18 and a total of Rs 1 crore will be awarded to 100 shortlisted companies to build a prototype, while the 25 winners will receive Rs 1 crore each. Also, the first 10 teams under the Ministry of Information Technology will get a total of Rs 2.3 crore and 12 months of incubation support. You can register for MyGov from here.


The Challenge will be expanded over 10 months to meet the growing demand for indigenous computing hardware, which is part of all smart devices deployed across various domains, including public utility services, surveillance, environmental monitoring, and more. The scope of the challenge extends across a broad spectrum application, including defense and nuclear energy, thereby reducing costs and dependence on external traders.

Participants in this challenge must be Indian citizens and they must use Xilinx FPGA Boards. Participants can also use microprocessors developed under the previous “Micro Processor Development Program” – indigenous “Shakti” and “Vega” microprocessors. Power of the first microprocessor designed and built in India.

The competition is open to all Indian students pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degrees in engineering with Indian colleges and universities. However, their teams should not have more than 5 students and no more than 2 faculty members.

Launching the challenge, Union Minister of Law and Justice, Communications, Electronics, and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Swadeshi Micro Processor Challenge, Innovative Solutions for #Atminirbar India seeks to invite innovators, startups, and students. These microprocessors can be used to develop various technology products. This initiative will meet the future needs of India in the strategic and industrial sectors. It can also reduce the risk of security, licensing, technology obsolescence, and reduced reliance on imports.

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