Medilytix Bureau:

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is now seeking applications from 100 domestic companies, start-ups and MSMEs under its Design Linked Incentive (DLI) scheme, a month after the government announced Rs 76,000-crore scheme for developing semiconductor ecosystem in India, .

The ministry has created a dedicated portal — www.chips-dli.gov.in — for inviting online applications from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024.

The scheme will have three components — chip design infrastructure support, product design linked incentive, and deployment linked incentive. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a scientific society operating under MeitY, will serve as the nodal agency for implementation of the DLI scheme.

Under the chip design infrastructure support, C-DAC will set up ‘India Chip Centre’ to host the state-of-the-art design infrastructure (viz. EDA Tools, IP Cores and support for MPW (Multi Project Wafer fabrication) and post-silicon validation) and facilitate its access to supported companies. Under the product design linked incentive component, a reimbursement of up to 50 per cent of the eligible expenditure, subject to a ceiling of Rs 15 crore per application, will be provided as fiscal support to the approved applicants who are engaged in semiconductor design.

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