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
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.
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
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
Giant 'CDIL' Launches LED Emergency Light for Global Market
Source: LEDInside; August
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.
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.
Datacenter raises $8.8M from Intel Capital
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.
Fab –To Be or Not To Be…
Source: Data Quest; August
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.
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
Applied Materials revenue falls on lower chip equipment orders
Source: Yahoo! India News; August 15, 2013
gear maker Applied Materials said it expects foundry customers to hold
back spending in the current quarter as they switch to making smaller
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
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
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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