IESA WINWire Dec 21 - Dec 27 2013
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STMicroelectronics Joins ARM mbed Project
Source:; December 21, 2013

ARM, the world’s leading semiconductor IP supplier, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronic applications today announced that ST has joined the ARM mbed™ Project. The agreement will give developers using ST’s STM32 microcontroller range, based on the ARM Cortex®-M processor series, free access to the mbed software, development tools and online collaboration platform, enabling them to realize their own visions for the new wave of intelligent electronics products.

TowerJazz acquires three semiconductor factories in Japan and to manufacture Panasonic and additional products
Source: Display Plus; December 22, 2013

Israel - TowerJazz ( jointly announced with Panasonic ( to sign a definitive agreement to create a joint venture (JV) to manufacture Panasonic’s products.

Within the scope of the JV, Panasonic will transfer its semiconductor manufacturing process and capacity tools of 8 inch and 12 inch wafers at its Hokuriku factories (Uozu, Tonami and Arai) to the JV, committing to acquire its products from the JV for a long term period of at least five years of volume production, and will transfer to TowerJazz 51% of the shares of this JV.

Following this transaction, TowerJazz will rationalize its Japanese business, which may include fab consolidations between TowerJazz's Nishiwaki facility and the JV's facilities, and to this end, TowerJazz is evaluating potential ventures for the Nishiwaki facility.

FinMin gives nod to SPV proposal for electronic
Source: Indian Express; December 23, 2013

The finance ministry has cleared IT and telecom ministry's proposal on the structure and functioning of special purpose vehicles required for implementation of electronics manufacturing clusters (EMC).

"The finance ministry has cleared special purpose vehicles proposal on electronics manufacturing clusters. The detailed guidelines will be notified by Department of Electronics and Information Technology next week," a government official said.

In July 2012, the Cabinet had approved the proposal to offer financial support for the development of EMCs.

The government will provide financial assistance to EMCs through SPVs governing them. For new EMCs, the assistance will be up to to 50% of the project cost subject to a ceiling of R50 crore for every 100 acre of land.

For brownfield EMCs, the assistance limit is up to 75% of the project cost subject to a ceiling of R50 crore.

New ICT policy to give impetus to IT sector in state
Source: Business Standard; December 23, 2013

The state's new Information and communications technology (ICT) policy -2013, approved by the Cabinet, is expected to give an impetus to the IT sector in the state.

The new policy aims to promote Odisha as an attractive investment destination for IT/ITES/ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) companies by providing them with a congenial, industry friendly and proactive industrial climate.

The policy was prepared after studying the ICT policies of 8-9 sates, said Madhusudan Padhi, the state IT secretary at the Invest Bhubaneswar- 4th Odisha Symposium on Saturday.

Wearable device growth; a trend started in 2013 to continue bigger in 2014
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; December 23, 2013

Though wearable devices are in the market from several years, but it is in this year of 2013, we are seeing sudden rise of new product launches both for fitness purposes and also for communication and information purposes. The most interesting product launched this year is Galaxy Gear from Samsung. It is reported by market researcher Canalys that Samsung has shipped 800,000 units of Galaxy Gear in its first two months of sale.

IoT; an ingredient to boost global economy and electronics biz in 2014
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; December 23, 2013

Internet of Things (IoT) is fast emerging as next big wave in networking. The big impact is expected in year 2014-15. The traditional Internet had some shortfalls to connect every device to the net. Now it is upgraded with IPv6 to support connection of trillions of devices to Internet, and also the short range wireless protocols such Zigbee, WiFi and Bluetooth and as well as cellular radio network is now enhanced with increased bandwidth and speed enabling wireless IoT.

More Than 4 Lakh Embedded And VLSI Professionals Will Be Required By 2015
Source: Free Press Index; December 23, 2013

Xinoe Systems Private limited (eXperienced International Network Of Engineers) conducted a seminar in Amity University on Thursday, where around 150 Graduates, Post Graduates students and faculty members from engineering background attended it.

Mr Srinath Nudurupati, a well-known VLSI & Embedded industry expert was the speaker, discussed many aspects of the industry with the students. He answered many of the important questions for students who want to pursue career in Embedded and VLSI

Samsung India to invest over Rs 350 crore in electronics plant
Source:; December 23, 2013

Korean major Samsung plans to invest in India about Rs 350 crore within a year to ramp up its electronics production, according to government sources.

"Electronics manufacturing policy has been attractive.

Samsung has again proposed to invest about Rs 350 crore in its electronics plant. This is in addition to about its Rs 400 crore investment made for the mobile phone facility," a government official told PTI.

The company plans to invest this amount in production of flat panel TVs and washing machines, he added.

Attractive valuation makes Bharat Electronics a good long-term bet
Source: The Economic Times; December 23, 2013

Bharat Electronics (BEL), the public-sector major that supplies advanced electronic warfare systems to our armed forces, surprised the markets negatively with another quarter of lacklustre performance. While its net sales fell by only 3% year-on-year (y-o-y) in the second quarter of 2013-14, its net profit fell by 26%. The delay in execution, due to vendor-and inspection-related issues, were chiefly responsible for this.

eInfochips Hosts 2013 Leadership Summit At IIM Ahmedabad
Source:; December 24, 2013

eInfochips, a leading engineering product design company, concludes the 3-day 2013 Leadership Summit and charts out Growth plans to cross INR 500 Cr. in revenues by 2016

New Focus Segments in Medical Devices, Internet-of-Things, Software and Big Data

Commitment to Community Service; uplifting a Million Lives by 2023 through education

‘Chipmates’ from India and the US converged at IIM Ahmedabad to participate in this summit.

Growing at over 30% YoY, eInfochips hasconsistently outpaced the industry in the past 3 years.

Specialised unit to oversee working of new ICT policy
Source: Business Standard; December 25, 2013

For effective administration of the newly announced Information and Communication (ICT) policy, the state government will constitute a Project Implementation Unit at the IT & ESDM (Electronic System Design & Manufacturing) promotion cell of Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC), the technical directorate of the IT department.

The policy among other things also intends to attract the investors in the ESDM sector. To give boost to the hardware sector, the state government has roped in the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the ESDM industry, to prepare the roadmap.

DeitY launches e-Inclusion IT training for rural beneficiaries
Source: Kerala IT News; December 25, 2013

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India has launched ‘e-Inclusion: IT training for rural SC/ST Women beneficiaries’ Project.

Demand for electronics, auto, shipbuilding parts seen to rise after Asean integration
Source: Business Mirror; December 25, 2013

The Philippines expects stronger demand for its electronics, automobile and shipbuilding parts when 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) establish a single market by 2015, said an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Trade Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. said the country’s industry strengths on these sectors could contribute effectively in building an effective “supply chain” of the Asean economies.

Besides the Asean single market, the regional bloc is also negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement with dialogue partners—China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Evolving R&D Ecosystem In Emerging Economies
Source: Businessworld; December 26, 2013

The R&D landscape in the world is changing dynamically. Till a few decades ago, emerging economies were not considered for research and development (R&D) activities for multinational companies. However, the scenario is changing gradually and today multinationals have realised the potential of these fast growing economies, which have the benefits of a burgeoning market, favourable exchange rate and talent pool.

Manufacturing Renaissance to be the Key Factor Shaping the Indian Economy: Echo Indian Manufacturers, notes Frost & Sullivan
Source: Business Wire India; December 26, 2013

Developing solutions ‘For India in India' is as much the need of the hour, as is keeping pace with the rapid advancements in global manufacturing techniques. Manufacturing renaissance is an important aspect that can potentially contribute to the increase in contribution of manufacturing sectors toward India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

The manufacturing sector is likely to witness a healthy growth over the next two to three years, which is in contrast to the current scenario of declining manufacturing share in total GDP. According to Frost & Sullivan’s analysis, the recent dip (2012-13) can be considered as a temporary phenomenon because the fundamentals defining Indian manufacturing growth story are quite strong.

Compiled by IESA Research

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