October 19, 2023
IBM will collaborate with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to support India's national quantum mission
Establishing semiconductor fabrication units in India is expected to be a potential outcome of this collaboration
AI, semiconductors, and quantum will shape the future of tech innovation, offering vast opportunities for India's academic and innovation ecosystems
IBM and the government will establish a national Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation platform that will leverage IBM's Watson X platform
Technology major IBM has announced a strategic partnership with the Indian government to foster innovation in artificial intelligence, semiconductor research, and quantum technologies.
As part of the collaboration outlined in three MoUs with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the two parties will undertake multiple initiatives.
National AI Innovation Platform
IBM and the government will establish a national AI innovation platform that will leverage IBM’s Watson X platform. This platform will focus on AI skill development, ecosystem building, and the integration of advanced foundation models and generative AI capabilities to bolster India’s scientific, commercial, and human capital advancement in AI. It will be an accelerator for incubating and developing competencies in AI technologies for use cases of national significance.
IBM will share its expertise with the Indian Semiconductor Mission (ISM), an organization aimed at positioning India as a major player in the global semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. This collaboration will encompass research and development, skill enhancement, and chip design to create world-class semiconductors.
Quantum Technology Support
IBM will collaborate with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to support India’s national quantum mission. This partnership will also involve working with the FutureSkills program, and the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, and collaborating futureDESIGN startups in quantum computing and AI.
Fab unit manufacturing
About the possibility of establishing semiconductor fabrication units in India as a result of this collaboration, Minister Rajeev Chandrashekar indicated that it was a potential outcome, emphasising the need for significant capability development in emerging technologies. He mentioned that these technologies—AI, semiconductors, and quantum—will shape the future of tech innovation, offering vast opportunities for India’s academic and innovation ecosystems, as well as the potential to set global standards and cultivate a talented workforce in these fields.