Chips to Start-up (C2S) Programme

Under “Chip to Start-up (C2S) Programme”, central government is seeking application from 100 start-ups, MSMEs, R&D organisations and academia to train 85,000 engineers in very-large-scale integration (VLSI) and embedded system design areas.

Chip to Start-up (C2S) Programme

  • The C2S programme will result in development of 175 ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits), IP core repository and working prototypes of 20 systems on chips (SoC), for a period of five years.
  • It will be a step towards leapfrogging in Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) space by infusing the culture of SoC/System Level Design at Bachelors, Masters and Research level.
  • It will also help in the growth of Start-ups involved in fabless design.
  • The programme also addresses each entity of value chain in electronics namely, quality manpower training, research & development, System design, hardware IPs design, Prototype design, application-oriented R&D, and deployment.

Three categories of the proposals

Under C2S programme, three proposals are invited in three categories, on the basis of institutions’ expertise, technology readiness level (TRL) and design experience:

  1. Design and development of SoCs/systems/ASICs/Reusable IP Core(s)
  2. Development of application-oriented working prototype of IPs/SoCs/ASICs.
  3. Proof of concept-oriented R&D of ASICs/FPGAs.

Which is the nodal agency to implement C2S programme?

The nodal agency for implementation of C2S programme is C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing). C-DAC is a scientific society operating under MeitY.

Application for the programme

Online applications for this programme are open at Chips to Startup (C2S) website. It will remain open until January 31, 2022. Application and proposals have to be submitted at the portal in prescribed format.

Background

In December 2021, Union government had approved a Rs 76,000-crore scheme for boosting semiconductor and displaying manufacturing in India, with the objective of placing India as a global hub for hi-tech production, and attracting large chip makers. Under this scheme, India will set up around 20 semiconductor design, components manufacturing and display fabrication (fab) in next six years.

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