Bangalore, India India’s ministry of information technology has charted out its plan for 2005-2006, which, for the first time in several years, includes the allocation of ‘seed money’ to create a special purpose vehicle (a holding company) to establish a fabrication facility through government-private partnership.
The ministry has unveiled individual research projects in microwave engineering, electro-magnetic technology, electro-magnetic interference and RF communications and major plans in microelectronics and nanotechnology development. The ministry has set deliverables and time targets for their achievement. All these programs now need the clearance of the minister for communications and information technology and the allocation of funds by the finance ministry.
The initial plans for a fabrication facility show that the Indian government is willing to bear part of the costs involved, but how much funds it is willing to put in and other details are not known. In recent months, the ministry has been speaking more often of the need to have a major fabrication facility in the country.
The microelectronics and nanotechnology program has 11 items due to be delivered by the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, both of which are slated to have their own nanoelectronics research center.
Bangalore is intended to house programs for magnetic materials, acoustics sensors, ferroelectrics for phase shifters, molecular rectifier-based on organic thin films. The Bombay institute is due to carry out sub-100-nanometer CMOS process development, nano-systems for healthcare and environmental monitoring, organic and bi-polymer devices, gallium nitride devices, and the characterization, modeling and simulation of nanoelectronic devices. Together, the Bangalore and Bombay institutes are also to work on developing a RF oscillator.
Another plan is to undertake research and development in convergence, communications and broadband, in which projects are to be undertaken in wireless communications, software defined radio, converged access devices and embedded software applications.
During 2005-06, development work on electronics materials and prototyping and testing of devices is also on the cards. Infrastructure at the Center for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MeT) is to be upgraded and projects for data storage, display devices and microwave devices begun.