IESA WINWire Aug 24 - Aug 30  2013
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Anjan Lahiri joins Sasken as Whole time Director and Chief Executive Officer
Source:; August 2013

Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd. today announced that Anjan Lahiri joined as Whole-time Director and Chief Executive Officer on the Board of Sasken with effect from Monday 19th August 2013.

“I am excited to induct Anjan Lahiri as Whole time Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sasken. Anjan belongs to a young generation of leaders who have a proven track record in both ’crafting strategies’ as well as having the ’laser sharp’ focus to see them being successfully executed. Sasken is an undisputed leader in providing cutting edge and innovative solutions across the communication value chain. Anjan, with his vast experience in IT Services will be the ideal person to lead the charge, leverage our core assets and establish Sasken as a dependable partner to enterprises who need to achieve business transformation” said Rajiv C Mody, Chairman and Managing Director of Sasken.

No notification until review of PMA policy is complete: Milind Deora
Source: The Economic Times; August 23, 2013

The government today said it will not issue any notification under the Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy with regard to procurement in private sector until the review of the policy is complete.

"... it has been decided that no notification under the policy with regard to procurement in private sector, of products having security implications be issued till such a review is completed," Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

Price hikes may spoil the party for firms, consumers this year
Source:; August 25, 2013

Consumers and companies may not have much to cheer this festive season that begins in September and runs till the end of the year, a period accounting for over a quarter of the annual sales of consumer durables and electronic manufacturers.

Following the announcement of a national policy on electronics this year to reduce dependence on imports and encourage domestic manufacturing, the government has received Rs.11,000 crore worth of proposals, said Ajay Kumar, joint secretary in the department of electronics and information technology.

According to a January report of the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), a lobby group of manufacturers, the electronics and semiconductors industry is estimated to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 9.9% the next few years—from $64.6 billion in 2011 to $94.2 billion in 2015.

Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation to set up industrial estates in Mandal-Becharaji area
Source: The Times Of India; August 25, 2013

Gujarat government may have gone on the back foot by excluding 36 of the 44 villages from its proposed Special Investment Region (SIR) in Mandal -Becharaji area but its Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) is going ahead with its plans of setting up three industrial estates in the area.

Gujarat is also looking towards other industrial units like those manufacturing semiconductors to set up their facilities in these estates.

Supply chain initiative to connect small and big companies in US
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; August 25, 2013

The success of advanced manufacturing is in efficient-management of supply chain. IT systems play a central role in having a big database of products from thousands of manufacturers and suppliers. Components can be selected and managed easily and efficiently using networked information management systems. The leading semiconductor chip foundry Globalfoundries along with other partners launched National Supply Chain Network Initiative (NSNI) where small and mid-size manufacturers get connected to large manufacturers and suppliers. The small manufacturers get access to expertise of existing organisations.

Global foundries says the aim of this project is to create a scalable model and provide tool to build a more robust US supply chain and grow the US manufacturing base.

Bangalore says 'no' to India's first chip fab
Source: EE Times India; August 26, 2013

Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, unfortunately will not house India's first electronic chip fab unit, revealed a senior government official."Much as we would have wanted the prestigious project to be based in Bangalore, which has perhaps the best ecosystem for electronics manufacturing in the country.

Seminar to bridge 'design aware' talent gap in semiconductor industry
Source: Daily News & Analysis; August 26, 2013

A seminar was held recently in Pune to update engineering college faculty groups about the latest trends and technologies in the field of Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design. The seminar intended to discuss how educational institutions can help to bridge the demand-supply gap of “design aware” talent in the semiconductor industry.

Organised by Cadence Design Systems (India), the seminar provided faculty members with key insights in the VLSI design, bringing in best-in-class technology to educational institutions in Pune. It also provided a platform for the teaching fraternity to exchange views and discuss new ideas.

The seminar was an initiative of the Cadence University Programme (CUP) which now has more than 350 institutes enrolled across India, including IITs, NITs and private engineering colleges.

Tablets and smartphones will drive semiconductor market
Source: CXO; August 26, 2013

India has occupied a unique position in the global Electronics industry with a number of MNCs and Independent Design Houses now doing entire system designs in India. Indian engineers have also gone through a significant transformation over the years. Somshubhro Pal Choudhury, Managing Director, Analog Devices India explains to CXOtoday how a traditional how the country, initially treated as a low cost center primarily for software and IT – has expanded over the years to include embedded software, PCB Layout, system re-engineering, module or sub-system engineering to complete system design to both domestic and global clientile, thanks to the mobile revolution.

‘Our interest in acquisitions outside US has grown in the last few years’
Source: The Hindu Business Line; August 27, 2013

Right now, just in Hyderabad alone, we have over 100 open positions and we are seeking candidates for that. I think there are 50-60 each in Noida and Bangalore. These positions are getting filled soon.

When Aart de Geus speaks, it is akin to listening to a high-school physics teacher. The passion with which the founder of Synopsys talks about the semi-conductor industry, particularly about a new breed of vertical transistors that will put paid to the famed Moore’s Law, has to be seen to be believed. In an interaction with Business Line, de Geus, who is also chairman and co-CEO of the company, spoke about the evolution of the finFET vertical transistors and, of course, Synopsys’ strategy.

Karnataka to build electronics clusters to fuel growth
Source: Business Standard; August 27, 2013

Tech-friendly Karnataka plans to build five electronics clusters in the state to attract investments, boost production and generate employment.

"We will build two greenfield electronics clusters at Devanahalli (near the Bangalore airport) and Narsapur (in Kolar district, about 100 km from here) and develop the three electronic systems design and manufacturing (ESDM) sectors at the electronics city and Peenya in Bangalore and Mysore into clusters," state IT secretary I.S.N. Prasad told IANS.

China approves Mediatek, MStar merger with conditions
Source: Reuters India; August 27, 2013

China's Ministry of Commerce approved the $3.8 billion merger between Taiwanese chip designers Mediatek Inc and MStar Semiconductor Inc with conditions on Tuesday on worries about potential monopoly in the TV chip market.

The Chinese regulator said the two companies cannot collaborate in the LCD television chip segment and MStar's subsidiary that operates the LCD TV chip business will have to remain an independent entity. Only the smartphone chip and other business related to wireless communications will be merged into Mediatek.

Government plans to invest in electronics manufacturers
Source: The Economic Times; August 27, 2013

Abulging import bill and the near absence of electronics manufacturing in the country has forced the government to seek help from venture capital firms to identify companies where it can invest.

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology, abbreviated as Deity, said it is in advanced talks with leading Indian venture capital firms and will invest up to Rs 100 crore in a project expected to start next month.

India is still a growth market for us: Vanitha Narayanan, IBM India MD
Source: The Economic Times; August 27, 2013

IBM's India managing director Vanitha Narayanan faces a tough road ahead as she seeks to replicate the multinational firm's India success in the last decade as some of its marquee contracts come up for renewal under her watch amid a slowing economy.

Narayanan, who took over as MD in January, said that after the hyper-growth phase in telecom industry, where IBM played a supportive role as operators added huge numbers of subscribers, she now sees opportunities that are more transformational in nature.

State to seek electronic manufacturing cluster in Bhubaneswar
Source: The Hindu; August 30, 2013

The State government will move Department of Electronics and Information Technology seeking notification of an Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in Bhubaneswar.

“We are in process of preparing detail project report (DPR) of EMC in Info-Valley, the second IT park in Bhubaneswar. We hope the formal application would be submitted within next three months,” said Madhu Sudan Padhi, State Information Technology Secretary, here on Thursday.

Samsung leaves Moore’s Law behind with 3D Chips
Source: APN News; August 30, 2013

Leading technology manufacturers Samsung Electronics have become the first company to defy Moore’s Law. Earlier this month the electronics giant began commercial production of a 3D V-NAND flash memory chip that is capable of holding 128 gigabits of memory. Subsequently, Samsung has unveiled the first solid state drives that incorporate the chips at the Flash Memory Summit held in Santa Clara.

Compiled by IESA Research

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