IIT Hyderabad launches incubator for chip design

The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) has launched an exclusive Incubator to boost the chip design sector.

The Fabless Chip Design Incubator (FabCI) a first of its kind in India will focus on creating an ecosystem for grooming startups in chip design.

It will provide a bouquet of offerings including free software tools with leading technology partners in Electronic Design Automation (EDA), a characterization facility for testing the chips and equipment for performing DC and RF characterization.

The goal is to incubate at least 50 ‘Make-in-India’ chip design companies that can compete globally and generate Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

FabCI is funded by MeitY, technology partners Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Mentor Graphics both are leading providers of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software, hardware, and IP.

The three startups are at different stages of evolution. They are Lemonflip (chip design IP for energy harvesting and high-performance radio frequency modules to make battery-less next generation smart electronics system).

SenseHealth Technologies is into providing healthcare at an affordable cost without compromising quality. WiSig Networks develops products that serve both Indian and international markets, including terrestrial cellular, non-terrestrial and defense applications.

The Incubator also offers virtual support to non-Hyderabad based startups who can join FabCI and successfully leverage the offerings and participate remotely.

The demand in the Indian market driven by higher consumption of electronic goods and our strategic needs for using technology in education, defense, and healthcare industries is projected to reach $400 billion by the year 2020.

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