MeitY is looking for an application under the “Chips to Startup” program; MSMEs allowed to participate

The Ministry of Electronics and Information (MeitY) solicited applications from 100 universities, R&D organisations, startups and MSMEs under its Chips to Startup (C2S) programme.

The C2S program aims to train 85,000 highly qualified and qualified engineers in the field of very large scale integration (VLSI) and embedded systems design, as well as to result in the development of 175 ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). ), functional prototypes of 20 System on Chips (SoC) and IP Core repositories over a period of 5 years.

This, according to the government, will be a step towards a leap into the electronic systems design and manufacturing (ESDM) space by instilling the culture of SoC/system level design at the bachelor’s, master’s and graduate level. research and will act as a catalyst for the growth of startups involved in fabless design.

The program would be implemented in about 100 academic institutions, R&D organizations across the country, including IITs, NITs, IIITs, government/private colleges, and R&D organizations.

Startups and MSMEs can also participate in the program by submitting their proposals under the University-Industry Collaborative Project, Grand Challenge/Hackathons/RFPs for System/SoC/IP Core(s) Development.

The C2S program is aimed at each entity in the electronics value chain viz. quality manpower training, research and development, hardware IP design, system design, application-oriented R&D, prototype design and deployment with the help of universities, industry, startups and companies. R&D establishments.

Under the program, based on the institutions expertise, technology readiness level (TRL) and design experience acquired during previous SMDP programs, proposals are invited in three different categories, namely system/SoC/ASIC/reusable IP Core(s) design and development, application-oriented working prototype development of IP/ASIC/SoC, and proof-of-concept focused research and development of ASIC/ FPGAs.

C-DAC (Center for the Development of Advanced Computing), a scientific society operating under MeitY, will serve as the nodal agency for the program.

Online applications are open on the Chips to Startup (C2S) site until January 31.

Project proposals should be submitted on the C2S portal ( in the format prescribed on the portal. Institutions applying under the program must meet the eligibility criteria set out on the portal and must comply with the proposal guidelines.

(With contributions from IANS)

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Posted: Monday, January 17, 2022, 10:04 a.m. IST

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