Nust researchers successfully test locally designed microprocessor

ISLAMABAD: Researchers from the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) have successfully completed testing of the country’s first homegrown microprocessor, called NTiny-E.

The on-board microprocessor chip was designed by the Nust School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) research team.

Principal Dr Mohammad Ajmal Khan, Dr Rizwan Riaz and Assistant Professor Dr Rehan shared details of the project on Monday.

They said semiconductor chips are at the heart of all the consumer electronics and devices we use every day. Global semiconductor sales hit $556 billion in 2021, but Pakistan was unable to tap into this lucrative market, they said, adding that a unique aspect of this project was its design. internal as opposed to the common practice of using open source cores. or foreign collaboration.

This makes NTiny-E a truly indigenous product that gives the design team full leverage and control over all aspects of the chip, they said.

Nust selected the world’s largest and most important commercial foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for chip manufacturing.

“This demonstrates the researchers’ ability to design chips that meet international industrial design and manufacturing standards.

“The event marks a significant milestone in the national semiconductor landscape and puts Pakistan another head start on the path to realizing Quaid’s vision of self-reliance,” read a statement released by Nut.

He added that the team did not limit itself to the design of the chip itself, but also developed a complete ecosystem required for chip testing and its incorporation into final products.

The circuit board for chip testing and prototyping of end systems was also developed locally along with associated software and development tools.

This will help researchers and industrial product developers to design and manufacture products based on NTiny-E.

The design and development team was led by Dr. Rehan Ahmed. Other team members were Shaheer Sajid, Qazi Shahidullah, Abdul Moeed and Syed Talha Imam.

Dr. Rehan has over 14 years of design experience in this field and has worked in international companies such as Siemens, Microsoft Research and Keysight (IXIA).

The outstanding contributions of the scholars have been duly supported and facilitated by Nust senior management including its Rector Engr Javed Mahmood Bukhari, Pro-Rector (Academics) Dr. Osman Hasan and Pro-Rector Rizwan Riaz.

Posted in Dawn, June 14, 2022

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