The Indian government will invest nearly $2 billion in upgrading the Semiconductor Laboratory (SCL) in Mohali for research and prototyping, according to Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Chandrasekhar announced at the 3rd SemiconIndia Future Design Roadshow at IIT Delhi that several measures have been put in place for the semiconductor sector, including the establishment of the Indian Semiconductor research center (ISRC) that will collaborate with top institutions such as the IITs to come up with cutting-edge semiconductor research. Other measures include the modernization of Semiconductor Laboratory (SCL) and implementation of the VLSI/semiconductor curriculum that will provide a talent pool of 85,000 to create innovative designs and solutions. The primary objective of this initiative is to attract investments from across the world and help build a vibrant semiconductor design and manufacturing ecosystem. The digital economy has now expanded from being centered around IT/ITES to one that covers the entire spectrum of technology such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence, deep tech, and space.
Semiconductor Laboratory Mohali Upgrade: What it Means for India’s Semiconductor Industry
The Indian government’s investment of almost $2 billion to upgrade the Semiconductor Laboratory (SCL) in Mohali is expected to provide a boost to the country’s semiconductor industry. Minister of State for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar made the announcement at the 3rd SemiconIndia Future Design Roadshow, highlighting the government’s commitment to the sector.
The investment will modernize the SCL and increase its research and prototyping capacities, which will attract investment from around the world and help build a vibrant semiconductor design and manufacturing ecosystem. In addition, the Indian Semiconductor research center (ISRC) will work in collaboration with top institutions like the IITs to develop cutting-edge semiconductor research.
The government’s policy support has already resulted in the establishment of 27-28 Semicon startups, and the number is expected to rise to 100. The implementation of the VLSI/semiconductor curriculum is expected to deliver a talent pool of 85,000 individuals who will create innovative designs and solutions.
India’s Digital Economy Transformation
The government’s investment in upgrading the SCL is part of a larger effort to transform India into a producer of technology and achieve its $1 trillion digital economy goal. The digital economy has expanded from being centered around IT/ITES to covering the entire spectrum of technology, including semiconductors, deep tech, AI, and space.
The government is working in collaboration with industry, startups, and academia to achieve this goal, encouraging students to work and start up in deep tech fields such as semiconductors, quantum technology, and artificial intelligence.
Design Linked Incentive (DLI) Scheme
During the 3rd SemiconIndia Future Design Roadshow, three startups were approved under the Design Linked Incentive (DLI) Scheme. Morphing Machines is focusing on a dynamic runtime reconfigurable RISC-V many cores accelerator, while Netrasemi is providing edge AI chipsets, platforms enabling smart vision, and domain-specific SoC solutions with advanced AI/ML and hardware acceleration capabilities.
These startups and their innovative technologies are expected to contribute significantly to India’s semiconductor industry and help position the country as a major player in the global tech market.
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