Drone Avionics, Home Solution for Blood Cell Counting Technology Wins Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge

Chennai, Dec 7 (IANS): An integrated avionics system for drones, a home solution for blood cell counting and FM RDS utilities are some of the most innovative technologies produced by Indian start-ups and students this year to win the Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge. from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Last August, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched the “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge” to boost the technology-driven innovation ecosystem in the country and stay at the forefront of technology. digital adoption, according to a statement from the ministry.

Open to students of all levels and start-ups, the Challenge asked contestants to tinker with Swadeshi processor IPs (VEGA processor by C-DAC and SHAKTI processor by IIT Madras) and help them innovate the frugal solutions for the needs. societal.

Financial support to the tune of Rs 4.4 crore has been provided at various stages of the challenge to develop the hardware prototype and incubate a start-up to the participating teams.

A total of 6,170 teams (with more than 10,000 members) including more than 500 start-ups competed in the first stages of the challenge.

Later, 100 semi-finalists received from MeitY the IPs of VEGA and SHAKTI processors ported to FPGA boards and financial and technical support to develop proof-of-concept hardware applications around them.

In addition, 30 teams with the most technically and financially viable solutions additionally received financial and technical assistance to further improvise on their hardware prototype and demonstrate to the jury during Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrated by MeitY from November 29 to December 3. .

Out of the 30 teams, 10 of the most innovative teams won the challenge with their strategic solutions to various problems.

Vega FCS FT (AI Drone) came in first place for its drone app and received Rs 35 lakh.

In second place, HW Design Labs won Rs 30 lakh for FM RDS Utilities.

Meanwhile, third-placed Cytox won Rs 25 lakh for its ‘cell counting’ project.

The other teams jointly shared the fourth position and each received a check of Rs 20 lakh.

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