IIT Mandi set to make high speed nano chip for first time in India

Shimla/MANDI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, which has emerged as one of country's pioneering institute set-up in 2009, is all set to make a high speed nano chip, first time in India, for country's millions of mobile phone users.

The Institute has set-up a Rs 50 crore state-of-the-art Centre for Design and Fabrication of Electronic Devices (C4DFED), which was inaugurated by R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary , Higher Education in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), New Delhi. It's at this centre, the Institute will take-up manufacturing of nano-micro 2D & 3D fabrication workshop for manufacturing series of electronic and bio-medical devices and applications, nano/micro-chip will be one of the proposed innovations.

Till now, India does't have set-up such facility for manufacturing high speed nano/micro chips even as country has a largest number of mobile phone users, which need high speed data transfer facility for video chatting, voice calls and messaging on real time basis, says IIT Mandi professors.

Institute Director Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves and Prof Satinder Sharma, an assistant professor, Computering and Electronics said at Mandi on Thursday that chip, which IIT Mandi, will manufacture going to bring a new technological revolution in India.

The Institute has imported machinery and other equipments required for manufacture of the nano/chip from US, Germany and Europe. It has also tied-up with a Chandigarh based private company for help for next three years. The centre will first manufacture nano/micro chips for only strategic government organisations viz DRDO, ISRO and BSSC.

At a two-day international workship, held at IIT Mandi, the Institute also brought together leading engineers, industrialists, scientists and student researchers from all over the world to discuss the progress and future trends in Nano/Micro 2D and 3D fabrication technology, used in the manufacture of electronics and biomedical devices.

Some of other luminaries who are sharing their ideas and knowledge at the workshop include Dr. Vivek Singh from Intel Corporation USA, Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director of IIT Delhi, Prof. B. R. Mehta, also of IIT Delhi, Prof. Enakshi Bhattacharya and Prof. Nandita Dasgupta from IIT Madras, Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, VC of JNU, Delhi, Prof. Habil. Jörg Schulze from Germany, Prof. Kuen-Yu Tai from Taiwan, Dr. M. S. M. Saifullah from Singapore, and Prof. Ashok Srivastava, LSU, USA and Dr. Patrick Naulleau from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory USA.

Sharing an industry perspective at the workshop, Vivek Singh of the Intel Corporation USA said, "People want to be connected to a world of opportunity. Our job is to provide connectivity and education. We can play a

crucial role in improving

education by enhancing learning and teaching outcomes. I want all the young minds sitting here to consider that they will be bringing about change in the world."

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