While China's chip market is booming, India's chip market is also quietly fighting. Recently, they officially released the SDK software development kit of their first processor "Shakti" (an Indian mythical figure representing female power), and promised to release the development board soon. Developers are now able to rush to software development before commercial launch.
The Shakti processor in India has been in development since 2016, based on the open source RISC-V instruction set architecture and supported by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The Shakti processor was first planned for up to six different series, each targeting a different market, claiming to be competitive in terms of core area, performance, and power consumption compared to current commercial processors.
As mentioned above, Shakti has a total of six series, namely:
E series: 3-stage sequential pipeline for embedded fields such as IoT IoT devices, robot platforms, and motor control.
C series: 32-bit 5-stage sequential pipeline, microcontroller grade, core frequency 200MHz-1GHz, suitable for medium load, low power consumption, and optional memory protection.
I series: 64-bit out-of-order pipeline, core frequency 1.5-2.5GHz, support for multi-threading, for mobile, storage, network applications, is also the main embedded.
M series: Face the mainstream consumer market in Aning, up to eight cores.
S-Series: An enhanced version of the I-series for workstations and servers, also supports multi-threading.
H series: for high-performance computing, outstanding single-thread performance, optional four-level cache, support for Gen-ZFabric interconnect bus, storage-class memory.
It is worth mentioning that the processor chips developed in India are quite large-scale. The first development of processing chips has planned six different series of product lines, and the coverage is quite comprehensive.