IESA WINWire Dec 15 - Dec 21  2012
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TSMC expects 2013 sales to grow 15-20 percent
Source: Solid State Technology; December 15, 2012

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip maker, said Friday it expects its sales in 2013 to grow 15-20 percent with the help of an expected recovery in the global economy.

Govt to notify five electronics manufacturing clusters by Feb
Source: My Iris; December 17, 2012

The government has set a target to notify five clusters for manufacturing electronic products by February in its bid to cut import dependence of such items.

Each of these clusters, which will house the eco-system required for manufacturing specific kinds of devices, will also get financial support of up to Rs 500 million from the government. The plan to notify five electronics manufacturing clusters is part of three-month agenda finalized by Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal with Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY).

Cosmic’s Nebula 2012: Winners of analog circuits design contest
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; December 16, 2012

Bangalore based VLSI company Cosmic Circuits has announced winners of its popular analog circuit design contest Nebula 2012. The winner are: 1st Girish Ramakrishnan: IIT, Madras; 2nd Venkatraman Natarajan: College of Engineering, Guindy; 3rd Subramanian T R: IISc, Bangalore

S. Korea's trade surplus hits 5-month high in Nov.: customs data
Source: Yonhap News; December 16, 2012

South Korea's trade surplus soared to a five-month high in November, driven mostly by increased shipments of oil products, semiconductors and mobile communications equipment, the customs office said Sunday.

M-Sips: Micro is beautiful in electronics but macro counts in policy
Source: The Economic Times; December 17, 2012

The Centre's modified special incentive package scheme (M-Sips) seeks to rev up electronics systems design and manufacturing, given that the manufacturing base of such products is 'grossly inadequate' in relation to demand. What is on offer is subsidy on capital costs, and tax benefits on a selective basis to shore up value-added output.

Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Declined 3 Percent In 2012
Source:; December 17, 2012

Worldwide semiconductor revenue has totaled $298 billion in 2012, a 3 percent decline from 2011 revenue of $307 billion, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The top 25 semiconductor vendors' revenue declined 4.2 percent, more than the industry average, and accounted for a smaller portion of the industry's total revenue — 68.2 percent in 2012, compared with 69.2 percent in 2011.

'It's time to move to Foundry 2.0'
Source: EE Times India; December 17, 2012

The impact of mobility had certainly put pressure on the foundry model, but it's a long way from being dead, asserted Ajit Manocha, CEO of Globalfoundries.

Singapore Asian Hub of Choice for Global Aerospace Manufacturers
Source: APN News; December 17, 2012

Asia’s aviation industry has witnessed strong growth in recent years, and is predicted to progress even more in the future. The opening of the Rolls Royce facility in Singapore earlier in February this year is testament to the growing confidence manufacturing veterans have in Asia’s capabilities to manufacturing high-quality parts. With the delivery of the first Singapore-made Trent aero engine for Airbus A380 on 28 November 2012, it further seals Singapore’s reputation as Asia’s Aviation Hub.

Audi and NXP form strategic partnership
Source: Automotive Electronics; December 17, 2012

Audi and NXP Semiconductors have signed a strategic partnership focussing on automotive electronics application segments ranging from in-vehicle networking and car entertainment, to emerging technologies for the connected car. This includes car-to-X communications, telematics, near field communications and high-voltage controls for electrical vehicles.

China’s semiconductor demand falls
Source: Procurement Asia; December 17, 2012

China has been pushed off the top as most important market for revenue in the semiconductor industry by the US, KPMG reported.

CEAMA’s annual function concludes in style
Source: APN News; December 17, 2012

Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) concluded their 33′d annual function this evening. Praful Patel – Hon’ble Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, J. Satyanarayana , Secretary, Department of Electronics & IT, M. S” Bitta – Chairman, All India Anti-Terrorist Front, Mohammed Azharuddin , Member of Parliament along with Mr. Anirudh V Dhoot , President CEAMA were present during the occasion..

Why Taiwan Semiconductor Will Keep Soaring
Source: The Motley Fool; December 18, 2012

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, contract chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE: TSM ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

Picking a winner
Source: Business Standard; December 18, 2012

The Union Cabinet has approved what appears to be a major turn towards, in effect, a 21st-century industrial policy. The approval of “ modified SIPS” – where SIPS stands for Special Incentive Package Scheme – is expected to cost Rs 20,000 crore in the years to 2017, according to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology’s plan. That number includes, true, the earlier version of the scheme – called just SIPS – which remains in effect, as well as a proposal to help fund infrastructure for electronics manufacturing clusters, also cleared by the Cabinet recently.

Connecting Odisha: Odisha Symposium Focuses Attention on Business Opportunities in Odisha
Source: Free Press Release; December 19, 2012

Invest Bhubaneswar is the initiative to Connect Odisha and Odia Entrepreneurs to the global business community by empowering them to shape the business opportunities of the future and reach out to new frontiers of growth.

Samsung gets go-ahead on $3.9 billion chip production line expansion in Texas
Source: Daily Me; December 20, 2012

Samsung's plans for a substantial renovations at hits semiconductor factory in Austin have been approved. Completing talks with the government of Texas, the world's biggest memory chip-maker will be expanding the capacity of its already substantial production lines, hoping to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for mobile components.

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