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Engineering clusters in Noida facing skill crisis
Source: The Economic Times; August 9, 2013

Lack of training institutes for labours, depreciating skilled labour supply and the manufacturing sector facing the economic heat are hitting the engineering cluster of Noida dearly. Industry experts are opining that they are facing around 10 to 12 per cent rejection of their product because they are unable to maintain the quality of their product and the cluster which once logged around 15 per cent annual growth rate is having a compound annual growth rate of last one decade at around 5 per cent only.

"If you talk about the USP of Noida-based engineering industry, it is its semiconductor designing which has put the engineering industry on the global map," said Seth. He said that though majority of the semiconductor manufacturers are based in Bangalore, most manufacturers there are taking designing services from the Noida based units having expertise in semiconductor design making.

Quality is the mantra
Source: The Hindu; August 10, 2013

Government has promulgated strict regulations and made it compulsory for traders and manufacturers to get BIS certification to sell electronic items in 15 categories.

Worried about buying a substandard electronic gadget? With influx of ‘cheap’ electronic gadgets, from both domestic manufacturers as well as abroad, the quality of gadgets we buy has become a suspect. While some of the gadgets die with a whimper just after few days, others can burst out with a bang posing a threat.

“The order has been brought forward to control the sale of substandard electronic goods,” DeitY Additional Director, Asha Nangia said. Electronic goods consumption in the country will go up from $45 billion in year 2008-09 to $400 billion in the year 2020.

High PC Prices Hindering Industry Recovery, Analysts Say
Source: Computerworld India; August 10, 2013

Samsung has launched an ATIV Book 9 Plus laptop with Intel's latest Haswell chip that will be available for US$1,400, but analysts said such sustained high prices for laptops and ultrabooks could hinder the recovery of the PC market. PC shipments are already in a steady decline with the growing adoption of tablets, and buyers are not yet willing to pay a premium for machines with Microsoft's Windows 8, analysts said. Most of the new laptops with Haswell chips, including Toshiba's latest Satellite laptops, are priced above $800, and buyers at this point are only willing to pay a premium for Apple products.

India-born physicist appointed innovation chair at New York University
Source: India Education Review; August 12, 2013

India-born distinguished experimental physicist, Dr Katepalli Sreenivasan, has been appointed to the Kleiner Chair for Innovation in Mechanical Engineering at the New York University (NYU).

Sreenivasan, who currently serves at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU as dean of engineering and is known for his research on the behaviour of fluids and turbulence.

The endowed chair, named in honour of Eugene Kleiner, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor, the world's first computer chip producer, was given to Sreenivasan by NYU Provost David McLaughlin.

Silicon wafer shipments rise in 2Q13
Source: EE Times India; August 12, 2013

According to the latest report from SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG), global silicon wafer area shipments increased during 2Q13 when compared to 1Q13. Total silicon wafer area shipments were 2,390 million square inches during the most recent quarter, a 12.3 per cent increase from the 2,128 million square inches shipped QoQ.

"Total quarterly silicon shipment volumes accelerated in the most recent quarter in contrast to the first quarter" said Byungseop (Brad) Hong, chair of SEMI SMG and director of Global Marketing at LG Siltron. "As such, silicon shipment volumes for the first half of this year are trending at a slightly higher level than the first half of 2012."

Apple's shift from Samsung boosts foundry biz
Source: EE Times India; August 12, 2013

As Apple Inc.'s shifts the production of key semiconductors from Samsung to pure-play foundries, this will "single-handedly boost the growth of the chip contract manufacturing market this year," said market research firm IHS.By the end of the year, pure-play semiconductor foundry market revenue is forecast to rise 21 per cent.

Infineon to supply security chips for first electronic passports
Source: InfoTECH Spotlight - TMCnet; August 12, 2013

Infineon Technologies AG, a Germany-based semiconductor manufacturer, has announced that it is supplying security chips for the first electronic passports incorporating the supplemental access control, or SAC, protocol, which enhances protection against unauthorized access and possible abuse of personal data.

The passports, issued by the Republic of Kosovo, contain Infineon security chips of the SLE 78 product family with 'Integrity Guard,' which offers the highest level of data security over the long term and are ideally suited for sovereign documents with a long period of validity.

Indian Semiconductor Giant 'CDIL' Launches LED Emergency Light for Global Market
Source: LEDInside; August 12, 2013

CDIL has designed the LED emergency light to meet the proper lighting requirements for various urban and rural areas. Especially in areas with frequent power cuts or black outs, this low energy consumption product would be extremely useful. CDIL has decided to introduce and distribute this product with very low margins in order to make it affordable to every Indian.

Freescale appoints Satinder Sohi as India head
Source: EE Times India; August 13, 2013

Freescale Semiconductor has announced the appointment of Satinder Sohi as India Country Director. In his new role, Sohi will lead the company's India operations and will serve as the primary driver of Freescale corporate citizenship in India with the Indian government, external organisations, partners and universities.

Bangalore-based NxtGen Datacenter raises $8.8M from Intel Capital
Source: VCCircle; August 13, 2013

Bangalore-based IT infrastructure services provider NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Technologies Pvt Ltd has raised $8.8 million (Rs 53.9 crore) from Intel Capital, the global investment and merger & acquisition (M&A) arm of Intel Corporation. The investment director for the funding was Pradeep Tagare, who is also the director of Intel Capital India, and the investment came from the $250 million Intel Capital India Technology Fund, which was established in December 2005.

India’s Semiconductor Fab –To Be or Not To Be…
Source: Data Quest; August 14, 2013

India has a strong demand for semiconductors and this demand will only get strengthened by a local fab. Its absence is expected to become a major structural weakness for the industry in the medium run!.

India is facing tough economic challenges today, the hardest being the regeneration of its manufacturing sector, something which has been dramatically crushed over the last decade and a half. The sector-by-sector analysis is dismaying.

Fujitsu Wireless acquired by Intel
Source: EE Times India; August 15, 2013

Intel has reportedly acquired Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary of Fujitsu Semiconductor Wireless that developed an advanced multi-mode LTE RF transceiver.

The acquisition, reported this week by Will Strauss, the president and principal analyst of Forward Concepts in Mesa, Arizona, was confirmed by an Intel spokesman in an email to EE Times. The spokesman said Intel made the acquisition to expand its mobile capabilities.

Applied Materials revenue falls on lower chip equipment orders
Source: Yahoo! India News; August 15, 2013

Chip gear maker Applied Materials said it expects foundry customers to hold back spending in the current quarter as they switch to making smaller chips.

Shares of the company, which develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of equipment for making integrated circuits, fell about 3 percent in extended trading on Thursday.

Samsung becomes first manufacturer to receive certificate of BIS in India
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; August 15, 2013

Samsung Electronics became the first manufacturer to receive the Certificate for Safety for its printers based on UL (Underwriters Laboratories) test reports authorized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

According to the Compulsory Registration scheme, manufacturers falling under the pre-determined fifteen categories of electronics products are now required to acquire registrations authorized by the BIS before they sell or market their products in India. The Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order 2012 issued recently by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) includes products such as LCD televisions, LFD monitors, laptops, tablets, microwave ovens and printers amongst others.

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