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30th May 2024 (13 Topics)

India’s first Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager

Context

IIT Bombay and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have joined hands to pioneer India's inaugural Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager. This cutting-edge sensing tool is anticipated to revolutionize semiconductor chip examination, mitigate chip failures, and enhance the energy efficiency of electronic devices.

About

  • The Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager utilizes defects in a diamond's structure, known as Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) centers, to non-invasively map semiconductor chip anomalies, akin to MRI in healthcare.
  • It boasts advanced diagnostic capabilities, including identifying chip defects such as current leakages and visualizing three-dimensional charge flow in multi-layer chips.
  • Semiconductor chips underpin modern electronic devices, endowing them with intelligence and efficiency, and are vital across diverse sectors like communications, computing, healthcare, military systems, transportation, and clean energy.
  • National Quantum Mission Alignment: The partnership resonates with the National Quantum Mission, positioning India as a global quantum technology frontrunner.

Wide Applications

  • Beyond semiconductor imaging, the imager holds promise for microelectronics, biological and geological imaging, and fine-scale magnetic field imaging.
  • The collaboration builds upon TCS and IIT Bombay's longstanding partnership, fostering joint research, educational programs, and industry-academia collaboration since the 1990s.

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