IESA WINWire Jan 05 - Jan 11  2013
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India Media Tablets market sales touch 1.1 million units in 3Q CY 2012
Source: APN News; January 4, 2013

The overall India Tablets market recorded sales of 1.1 million units in 3Q (July-September) 2012. In the overall India Tablets market, Samsung led with a 23.9% share, followed by Micromax at second position with 15.3% share and Datawind at third position with a 12.3% share, in terms of sales during 3Q (July-September) 2012.

A look back on 2012: Semiconductor
Source: TechOnline India; December 29, 2012

This week, I had three segments of the 2012 retrospective. Tuesday we looked at those related to design tools and flows. Yesterday saw verification and today I conclude the series with with things related to semiconductor technology. That will wrap things up for 2012 and then it will be time to start seeing your predictions for 2013.

Fabrication technology: Chips could be up for India
Source: Business Standard; January 5, 2013

In the 70s, Jerry Sanders, chairman of semiconductor manufacturer AMD, had uttered the famous politically incorrect statement, “Real men need fabs.” Those were the glory days of both Clint Eastwood and the chip-making industry, where any company in the Wild West of chip fabrication worth its silicon needed to own its captive processor plant, or so the thinking went…….“Building and running a fab is a complex business that is very sensitive to utilisation and improvements in technology,” says Satya Gupta, chairman of the Indian Semiconductor Association. “

'Mechanism to certify electronic products to come up by April'
Source: Zee News; January 5, 2013

With a view to strengthen the quality assessment infrastructure nationwide, an institutional mechanism will be put in place by April this year to develop and mandate standards, certification for electronic products and services, a government official said here on Saturday.

Designing the future, with India as base
Source: Smart Investor; January 6, 2013

Japanese electronic giant Panasonic is becoming serious about its ramping up its operations in India. “For the first time, we have taken 150 Indian assembly line technicians to Malaysia for training in assembly manufacturing and quality control and another 150 are on their way," says Managing Director Manish Sharma.

NXP Gets New Management
Source: IT-Webquest; January 7, 2013

In a prominent announcement, NXP Semiconductors has announced that Hans Rijns and Dave French will jointly take responsibility for the NXP R&D function per immediate effect. Hans Rijns is appointed Chief Technology Officer. He will combine this role with his current position as SVP & Head of Research. Dave French is assigned as EVP of R&D and will combine this responsibility with his current position as General Manager of BU Portable & Computing.

Global Semiconductor Sales Post Best Month of 2012 in November
Source: EyeforTransport; January 7, 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.73 billion for the month of November 2012, the largest monthly total of 2012 and a 2 percent increase from the prior month when sales were $25.22 billion. Sales from November 2012 also topped the November 2011 total of $25.22 billion by 2 percent, marking the global industry’s first year-over-year gain of 2012.

‘Pune can become chip design capital’: CM
Source: EE Times India; January 8, 2013

Pune, a city which has witnessed huge growth in its VLSI and embedded community over the past few years, hosts its very first VLSI Design conference. The 26th International Conference on VLSI Design & 12th on Embedded Systems has been inaugurated by Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan at the Hyatt, in Pune.

Indian government to curb imports of technology
Source:; January 8, 2013

India is a big market for international companies looking to sell technology like smartphones and laptops. According to Firstpost, the Indian government is looking to curb the import of this foreign technology. As of now, the rules for this are still in draft form and the government may still scale the plan back.
The curb on imports seems to be aimed at bringing pressure on foreign companies to increase the manufacturing of these products in India. If passed, the proposed regulations would create a "Buy India" mandate.

Broadcom to Showcase at Consumer Electronics Show
Source: Satellite Spotlight; January 8, 2013

Broadcom Corp., a provider of semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, announced that it will showcase its latest connectivity innovations for automotive at CES 2013.

Information Communication Technology Group report focuses on infrastructure, talent
Source: The Times Of India; January 9, 2013

The Karnataka Information Communication Technology Group, a special body established by the state government with the mandate to prepare a detailed plan for the next level of IT growth in the state, presented its report to the government on Tuesday. the state." Poornima Shenoy, founding president of the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association and who now runs a training company, appreciated the report's focus on infrastructure and human capital.

Karnataka can achieve Rs 4 tn revenues from IT exports
Source: Business Standard; January 9, 2013

The Karnataka Information Communication Technology Group (ICT Group) has estimated that the state can achieve revenue of Rs 4 lakh crore from the ICT sector in the next eight years by initiating proper policy framework.

IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 20th Consecutive Year
Source:; January 10, 2013

 IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 for inventions that will enable fundamental advancements across key domains including analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, social networking and software defined environments, as well as industry solutions for retail, banking, healthcare, and transportation. These patented inventions also will advance a major shift in computing, known as the era of cognitive systems.

10 top startups to watch in 2013
Source: TechOnline India; January 10, 2013

Processors, memory, manufacturing processes, chip architecture, EDA, MEMS, RF, touch screens, servers and the Internet of Things are markets where startups can still make a difference.
What follows are ten rising companies worth tracking in 2013.

Cos can now submit applications for M-SIPS
Source: EE Times India; January 11, 2013

Companies can now send their applications to avail the modified special incentive package scheme (M-SIPS). The Government said it has released the guidelines and appointed a nodal officer for M-SIPS, which is aimed at promoting domestic manufacturing of electronics products.

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