IESA WINWire – April 14 – 20 2012
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200 Electronic Manufacturing Clusters by 2020, to Employ Around 28 Million People: Sibal
Source: Press Information Bureau, April 20 2012

The Minister of Communications & IT Sh Kapil Sibal has said that India’s Electronic Sector aims to achieve a turnover of about USD 400 Billion , involving investment of about USD 100 Billion and employment to around 28 million, by 2020. He said it is proposed to set up over 200 Electronic Manufacturing clusters and significantly upscale high-end human resource creation to 2500 PhDs annually by 2020 in the sector. Sh Sibal was presiding over a function in New Delhi today where the Department of IT (DIT), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, was officially rechristened Dept of Electronics & IT (DeitY).

Govt to launch Electronics Manufacturing Policy soon
Source: The Indian Awaaz, April 19 2012

The Government will soon launch Electronics Manufacturing Policy in the country. Talking media here today, Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal said that the dialogue is on with the planning commission and the policy is expected to be launched by the end of this month. Replying to a question about IT policy, Mr. Sibal said it will be finalised in the next two to three weeks.

Bengal to have first synchotron centre in India
Source: Sify news, April 19 2012

West Bengal is going to have the first synchotron centre in India after France, Germany, US and Japan. "We have received information from the Planning Commission that the Department of Atomic Energy has approved the project which will come up here," director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP) M K Sanyal said.

Freescale Semiconductor Launches CEO Succession Process
Source: Business Wire, April 19 2012

Semiconductor Holdings I, Ltd. (NYSE:FSL) today announced that its Board of Directors has launched a formal process to identify a successor to Chairman and CEO Rich Beyer, who has informed the Board of his decision to retire as CEO upon the appointment of a new CEO. The Board of Directors has engaged an executive recruitment firm and will consider both external and internal candidates. Beyer, 63, will continue in his role as chairman and CEO until a successor is named and seated.

Graphene can now act as semiconductor
Source: EE Times India, April 18 2012

Scientists and engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) have discovered an entirely new carbon-based material, synthesised from graphene, which can act as a semiconductor.

SunEdison Announces Activation Of 25MW Solar Power Plant In Asia’s Largest Solar Park In Gujarat, India
Source: Daily Markets, April 18 2012

SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., announced the activation of a 25 Megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant located within a multi-developer, multi-facility solar park at Charanka village in Patan district, Gujarat, India. The project, which was completed in four months, is comprised of more than 89,000 solar PV modules. With the completion of this plant, SunEdison has now activated a total of 45MW as part of the Gujarat Solar Program.

Satya Gupta elected as IESA chairman
Source: EE Times India, April 17 2012

India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) has elected Satya Gupta, founder and chief executive officer of Concept-to-Silicon Systems Pvt Ltd, as its chairman. In addition, Sanjeev Keskar, managing director, sales of PMC Sierra India and SEA, has been appointed as vice chairman for the year 2012-13.

Smartphones Will Drive Device Semiconductor Market, Says ABI Research
Source: Smart Card Trends, April 17 2012

Mobile handset semiconductors, including processors, RF, power management, and wireless connectivity, grew to more than $30 billion in 2011. The worldwide market generated more than $120 billion in revenue over the last five years and will generate more than $170 billion during the next five years.

Tibet builds leading solar power base
Source:, April 17 2012

A leading solar photovoltaic power generation base is being built in Xigaze, the second-largest city in China's Tibet, to ease winter power shortages by harnessing the area's ample sunshine.

New Leadership Team at IESA for 2012-13
Source: i-Newswire, April 16 2012

India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian electronic systems, semiconductor and embedded software industry today announced its new Executive Council (EC) for the year 2012-13. Dr. Satya Gupta, Founder and CEO, Concept-to-Silicon Systems Pvt. Ltd., has been elected Chairman and Mr. Sanjeev Keskar, Managing Director-Sales of PMC Sierra India and SEA has been elected Vice Chairman for the year. Mr. PVG Menon continues to hold the office of the President of the IESA.

Race to provide faster smartphones, bigger screens are really dictated by chips inside
Source: The Economic Times, April 16 2012

The chips appear to be up and rising for electronic design automation firms. Cashing in on a tech recovery spurred, in parts, by a growing mobile market, market leader Synopsys posted profit and sales for its fiscal first quarter ended January 31 that beat analyst expectations.

Cabinet may approve National Electronics Policy within a week
Source: NDTV Profit, April 15 2012

The government is likely to approve National Policy on Electronics (NPE), which aims to create a domestic electronics manufacturing eco-system worth $400 billion by 2020, within a week.

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