NUST researchers have done it yet again by releasing Pakistan’s first truly indigenous embedded microprocessor. The National University of Sciences and Technology has yet again proved to be a valuable asset to the country. This time by producing an embedded microprocessor that is completely made in Pakistan. The team has named the microprocessor NTiny-E. NUSTs research team says they have completely designed and manufactured in their own facility. In a press release, NUST stated that a team of researchers was already working on this task. Dr. Rehan Ahmed led a research team from the NUST School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS).
Semiconductors chips are one of the most important components of all electronic devices. From our computers to our Mobile phones to even our smartwatches. Producer use semiconductors in every operational digital device. The global powers recognize the importance of semiconductors, this is why the sale of semiconductors is reaching sky levels recently. According to surveys, the global sales of semiconductors were about $556 billion. However, Pakistan is still not in the race of producing reliable semiconductors. This is Pakistan has not even managed to profit even a penny from this huge market. However, NUST had the aim to change this. To achieve its vision of contributing to Semiconductor sales globally, NUST started research on producing its own embedded microprocessor.
Researchers at NUST claim that they have completely designed the chip internally. This is one of the most unique as well as important aspects of this microprocessor. Traditionally, chip makers use an open-source technique to produce or design their microprocessors. This makes the design vulnerable to plagiarism. However, NUST claims that the chip completely design in-house and they did not use any external help or collaboration.
NUST claims that its team of researchers has designed the chip along with producing a complete environment. The environment will allow them to produce even more chips. NTiny-E will now facilitate researchers as well as industrial producers to design products based on this embedded microprocessor. Producers can integrate NTiny with IoT devices, consumer electronic products, as well as many more. The induction of this custom microprocessor can change the future of Pakistan and its economy. As more and more products are designed using this chip, the cost of importing electronic goods will decrease and Pakistan can eventually become an electronic goods exporter country.