Odisha to pitch for inclusion under ESDM training scheme
Source: Business Standard; December 28, 2013
The Odisha government will soon appeal to the Centre to include the
state under the newly approved 'Scheme for financial assistance to
select six states or Union territories for skill development in
Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector'.
At present, the industry is characterized by high level of import and
low domestic content. In Odisha, the IT department has engaged the
India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier
trade body representing the ESDM industry, to prepare the draft
roadmap for growth of the sector. The new Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) policy of the state intends to attract
the investors from hardware industry apart from the software industry.
GSA announces chairman of board of directors
Source: CIOL; December 28, 2013
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), the voice of the global
semiconductor industry, announced the appointment of Steve Mollenkopf
as the chairman of the GSA Board of Directors for 2014 and 2015.
Mollenkopf serves as CEO elect and president of Qualcomm Inc., leading
the company's vision and driving innovation and record growth. He also
serves as a member of Qualcomm's Board of Directors.
whopping 10 percent tablet market share in India in Q3
Source: CIOL; December 28,
India's third largest manufacturer Simmtronics Semiconductors has
bagged 10 percent market share in the Indian tablet space in the third
quarter (July-September) 2013, according to Cyber Media Research India
Quarterly Tablet PC Market Review.
Urgent need to boost
electronic goods manufacturing: Anand Sharma
Source: NDTV Profit; December 29, 2013
Concerned over increasing imports of electronic goods, Commerce and
Industry Minister Anand Sharma has made a case for boosting hardware
manufacturing to reduce dependence on imported items.
"IT sector had a skewed growth. In IT enabled services, we are a
global leader but we have a huge dependence on imports of electronic
goods. That has to be urgently addressed and India has to start making
its own chips," Mr Sharma told PTI
LSI India sees growth
opportunities in storage, networking
Source: EE Times India;
December 29, 2013
"We anticipate that in the next three to four years almost half of all
the cell phone calls made in the world will be going through LSI
semiconductor. Our vision is that every bit of data shared or stored
across the internet and in the cloud touches LSI's silicon," said
Raman Santhanakrishnan, managing director, LSI India R&D. .....
iWave Systems; Indian
company transiting from services to product space
Engineering Herald; December 30, 2013
iWave Systems is a Bangalore, India based company, which started in
year 1999 as a design services provider. But now if we look at their
offerings, iWave has successfully transforming into a product selling
company along with maintaining its electronics design services
business. Company like iWave Systems sets an example for many Indian
companies who are in the electronics design services and interested in
entering electronics products business.
ends 2013 on high with Rs 62,000 cr investment proposals
December 31, 2013
With investment proposals of over Rs 62,000 crore featuring during
2013, the performance of electronic sector overtook that of telecom,
once a top notch segment of Indian economy. Though the largest chunk
of investment of about Rs 51,550 crore was approved during the year
and is yet to close, about 20 entities separately proposed to invest
about Rs 12,000 crore in Indian electronics manufacturing sector which
is highly dominated by imports.
Compact camera sales
fall by 30% in 2013, makers trim production
Source: Economic Times;
December 31, 2013
Cheap point-and-shoot cameras may fade out of the market soon. Two top
camera makers, Canon and Fujifilm, said they would trim their sub-Rs
10,000 compact camera portfolio in the Indian market with industry
sales of such entry-level models having almost halved in 2013,
cannibalised by smartphones.
These units, which were until recently heavily advertised and endorsed
by celebrities such as Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika
Padukone, have failed to remain competitive with smartphones, which
promise almost equal resolution along with instant sharing capability.
poised for transformation in 2014
Source: Livemint; December
India’s telecom industry is set for a transformation in 2014 that will
see it leap from a chronic spectrum crunch to an abundance of the
airwaves, offering mobile phone companies opportunities to emulate
global business models and offer data services across radio frequency
With mobile penetration in all of urban India well
over 100%, the airwaves on offer across all bands can be used solely
to drive up data consumption.
10 years of DTH in
India: The other electronics revolution
Source: Business Standard;
December 31 , 2013
It began on October 2, 2003. And, Dish TV, the first company to launch
direct-to-home (DTH) television services, decided to tread slowly.
Instead of taking on cable operators head-on in metros and cities,
where most subscribers were, the fledgling DTH company decided to
focus on rural markets, remote areas and the outskirts of some cities
where cable network wasn't available or very poor.
No major takers for govt's fab project, the second time
Source: Business Standard; January 2, 2013
No major technology company has evinced interest in setting up
semiconductor chip fabrication (fab) units in India, despite an
extended window of opportunity to apply for the government-sponsored
project. The Centre plans to subsidise fab units - a complex
technology project costing upwards of Rs 25,000 crore - to the extent
of 40 per cent and had given an in-principle approval to two
consortiums in September 2013. It had also simultaneously opened the
floor for others to come forward with their proposals.
Electronic Goods Firms Seek Further Deadline Extension
Source: CXO Today.com; January 2, 2013
Importers of electronic products have sought an extension of the
January 3 deadline to comply with the Government’s safety
certification norms. The deadline has been extended twice earlier - a
move that many believe may halt the imports of these products.
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) made
it mandatory for all imported electronic goods to comply with Bureau
of Indian Standards (BIS) certifications. The decision was taken to
regulate the flow of sub-standard electronic products into the
country, some of which were also safety hazards. The Government’s
regulations are “much similar” to international standards but this is
the first time it took a stringent stance, reports the Business Line.
Everything will be imported in India, says MAIT
Source: EE Times India; January 2, 2013
2013 was one of the most exciting years for the Indian electronics
industry. Among all major developments, manufacturing remained talk of
the town with its share of ups and downs. The year witnessed the
landmark approval of setting up of two chip manufacturing facilities
in the country, at the same time there were some announcements that
shook the industry.
In an unexpected move, India's leading PC manufacturer HCL Infosystems
and Wipro announced their plans to quit PC manufacturing business
Sanjeev Keskar, chairman, India Electronics and Semiconductor
Association (IESA), termed the move as "unfortunate." He said, "Due to
lack of component eco-system computer/laptop/server assembly became a
low value add manufacturing and there is no strong differentiator or
value proposition vs. the global companies who are aggressive in India
market. Eventually lack of local component eco-system affects margins
in this business."
On the other hand, IESA President
PVG Menon believes that both the inverted duty structure as well as
the plethora of local taxes and levies complicates matters for Indian
manufacturers. "India signed the ITA-1 part of the WTO Accord in 1997.
By 2000, the import duty on all IT products had reduced to zero. This
makes it very difficult for Indian manufacturers to compete against
multinational companies with global supply chains and economies of
scale." He said the industry body has long been asking the government
to give deemed-export status to Indian manufacturers of ITA-1
classified products, "so that they have a level-playing field to
compete against cheap foreign imports."
IBM, ST Microelectronics only players keen on wafer fabrication unit;
government to share 40% of total cost
Source: The Times of India; January 3, 2013
After failing to attract global chipmakers such as Intel and Samsung
for setting up a semiconductor wafer fabrication unit, India is going
ahead with the two consortia it approved in-principle — IBM and ST
"The (two) consortia are very bullish,"
a senior industry executive said. They have accepted the terms of
support outlined by the government of India, and they will now work on
detailed project reports, which could take as much as six months to be
ready for submission.
Special Authority for ITIR to be set up soon
Source: The Times Of India; January 3, 2013
To make Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) a reality, a
special authority, 'Hyderabad ITIR Development Authority', will be set
up soon. The authority is likely to be under the AP Industrial
Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) as the latter would act as nodal
agency for the ITIR.
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