IESA WINWire Dec 07 - Dec 13 2013
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Mentor Graphics And SiliconIndia Announce Leadership Awards For The Embedded/VLSI Industry
Source: EFYTimes.com; December 7, 2013

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=123459

Mentor Graphics Corporation, a leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, and SiliconIndia today announced the 2013 Leadership Awards for the Embedded/VLSI Industry. Started in 2010, the SiliconIndia - Mentor Graphics® Leadership Awards for the Embedded/VLSI Industry is a one-of-a-kind annual awards program, facilitating the best in the VLSI/Embedded industry.

Outstanding Contribution to VLSI/ Embedded Design Industry – Individual
PVG Menon, Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA)
Engineers’ Choice Awards for VLSI/Semiconductor Space
Srini Rajam, Ittiam Systems and
Ganapathy Subramaniam, Cireel Systems

India needs to develop strong electronics base: PM
Source: iGovernment; December 7, 2013

http://www.igovernment.in/site/india-needs-develop-strong-electronics-base-pm

India must strengthen its local manufacturing in electronics and communications as the country's import in these segments are set to outdo its petroleum imports by the end of the decade, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday.

"India needs to develop a strong domestic manufacturing base in electronics and telecommunications. It is estimated that by 2020, India will be importing electronic products worth about $300 billion, which will be more than the value of our oil imports," Singh said while inaugurating the annual India Telecom summit.

Second Infosys campus in Odisha to be operational by April 2014
Source: Business Standard; December 8, 2013

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/second-infosys-campus-in-odisha-to-be-operational-by-april-2014-113120800617_1.html

The second campus of IT major Infosys in Odisha will be operational by April 2014 at Info Valley (Infocity-II), which is being developed by the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco), on the outskirt of Bhubaneswar.

He stated that another 180 acres of land is being developed as Electronic System Designing and Manufacturing (ESDM) cluster by Idco jointly with Odisha Computer Application Centre.Meanwhile, Singapore based Jurong Consultancy Pte. is engaged to prepare the master plan of the Info Valley.

Sankalp appoints Dan Clein into its management team
Source: CIOL; December 8, 2013

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/203198/sankalp-appoints-dan-clein-management-team

Sankalp Semiconductor Pvt Ltd, a leading Analog Mixed-Signal services and solutions company from India, announced the appointment of Dan Clein into its management team. Dan will be based out of the North America region.

Dan Clein is a seasoned industry professional with over 30 years of active involvement in the layout of Memory (DRAM, SRAM, etc.), Full Custom, Analog and Mixed-Signal designs. Until recently, Dan worked as Director-Mixed Signal Layout at PMC Sierra and was managing a team of 30+ people spread across five locations and four countries. He is very well versed in building and mentoring global engineering teams.

ELCINA Welcomes PM’s Call For Strengthening Electronics Manufacturing
Source: EFYTimes.com; December 9, 2013

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=123571

ELCINA is gratified to read the Prime Minister’s statement during his Inaugural address at the Indian Telecom Summit in New Delhi expressing a strong need and realization for a large electronics manufacturing base in the country. ELCINA has been representing the same in earnest to the government about the urgent need for supporting expansion of electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector where we have missed innumerable opportunities for the last two decades. Dr. Manmohan Singh agreed with the estimate that the outflow of foreign exchange will grow to USD300 billion by 2020, far exceeding the value of country’s oil imports.

87 pct of Tablet users in India prefer Android, Samsung Electronics enjoys highest brand recall
Source: Financial Express; December 9, 2013

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/87-pct-of-tablet-users-in-india-prefer-android-samsung-electronics-enjoys-highest-brand-recall/1205332

Tablets won’t replace PCs anytime soon as 78 pct respondents feel there is a still some way to go before Tablet becomes the primary computing device

Nearly 87% of respondents reported a preference for Android OS-based Tablets, with only 10% preferring the Apple iPad, according to India Tablets Consumer Usage and Adoption Trends 2013 study by CyberMedia Research (CMR).

eInfochips wins Embedded and VLSI Industry Leadership award
Source: VAR India; December 10, 2013

http://www.varindia.com/eInfochips-wins-Embedded-and-VLSI-Industry-Leadership-award.htm

eInfochips has been awarded the “Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution to the VLSI and Embedded Design Industry” for 2013 at the 2013 Silicon India – Mentor Graphics Leadership Awards for the Embedded/VLSI Industry event, hosted in Bangalore. This event was attended by over 150 industry icons and delegates.

Pratul Shroff, Founder & CEO, eInfochips, said, “The fact that embedded and VLSI design represents competition on global scale makes recognition so significant to the eInfochips team. The award embodies the talent, expertise and drive of hundreds of eInfochips engineers.”

Microchip earns "Best Electronic System Design Company" recognition
Source: VAR India; December 10, 2013

http://www.varindia.com/Microchip-earns-Best-Electronic-System-Design-Company-recognition.htm

Microchip Technology has reportedly said that it has been named as the “Best Electronic System Design Company” in the category of the jointMentor Graphics and SiliconIndia Leadership Awards for the Embedded / VLSI industry. The Awards aim to recognize companies and individuals that have made major contributions to driving the progress of the industry.

Freescale ties up with iWave Systems to develop innovations
Source: VAR India; December 10, 2013

http://www.varindia.com/Freescale-ties-up-with-iWave-Systems-to-develop-innovations.htm

Freescale Semiconductor along with iWave Systems Technologies has showcased a range of technology innovations. These innovations are developed by iWave Systems and based on Freescale technology ,including a Wi-Fi enabled Skin and Tooth Analyser, Smart MIPI camera, WEC2013 on Freescale’s i.MX6 SDP and iWave’s i.MX6 development board, System on Module (SOMs), Development Boards, Single Board Computer and many others that will benefit industrial, medical and automotive domains.

Vivek Tyagi, Country Sales Director, Freescale Semiconductor India, said, “At Freescale, it has been our constant endeavour to consumerize technology innovation. It is a great opportunity for us to have iWave as a partner. The products developed by iWave are unique and have already been adopted by many overseas customers, especially from Europe and Japan. Especially, the new product the Wi-Fi enabled Skin and Tooth Analyser developed by iWave will be a boon to the medical and healthcare industry.”

India semiconductor fab business challenges; from the horse’s mouth
Source: EE Herald; December 10, 2013

http://www.eeherald.com/section/news/onws20131210001dl.html

There are variety of opinions on India's capability in having a locally owned semiconductor fab. To give you more authentic opinion, we are happy to provide you the experience/opinions from a brave semiconductor entrepreneur Mr. Deepak Loomba, Founder, De Core Nano-semicondutors Limited, who risked his career and money in establishing a LED and compound semiconductor fab in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Though the fab, De Core established is not a CMOS fab, but the infrastructure requirements are nearly similar. Below is full email interview (unedited) with Mr. Deepak.

Strategy Analytics: Indian Automotive Market Adapts To a Volatile Economy
Source: prnewswire; December 11, 2013

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/strategy-analytics-indian-automotive-market-adapts-to-a-volatile-economy-235413901.html

The recently-published Strategy Analytics report, India Update: Flexibility & Localization In A Volatile Market, comments on how the automotive industry in India is adapting to the challenging conditions posed by the downturn in the economy there. Demand for electronic systems fitted to light vehicles assembled in India had fallen by 7.7 percent in 2013.

Strategies to cope with the downturn include increasing the level of localization in the supply chain, raising exports to other emerging markets, utilizing economy car designs and platforms for product development, as well as developing sub-compact models for the "sub-4 meter" segment that receive favorable tax rates for Indian consumers.

Imec showcases technology leadership at IEDM 2013
Source: CIOL; December 11, 2013

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/203617/imec-showcases-technology-leadership-iedm-2013

Imec is prominently present at this year's IEEE International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM 2013) in Washington DC (USA) with as much as 19 papers from imec researchers as first author or co-author, 1 tutorial, 1 course, 2 panels and 3 co-chairs.

This excellent confirms its integral role as global R&D center imec is helping the semiconductor industry to solve the key challenges of advanced logic and memory scaling.

Karnataka seeks to address the skill gap at Indo-Japan Summit
Source: The Economic Times; December 11, 2013

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/jobs/karnataka-seeks-to-address-the-skill-gap-at-indo-japan-summit/articleshow/27222825.cms

With the intention of increasing investment to the state and bridging the skill-gap between the industry requirement and the academia, Karnataka adopts a unique industry-academia approach.

For the upcoming India Japan Global Partnership Summit to be held in Noida, the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah plans to visit with a 500 strong delegation comprising of experts from various industries along with Vice Chancellors and representatives of several other academic institutions.

The delegation has representation from industrialists, technocrats and businessmen. Industries that will be represented include power, animation and consolidated design studios; machine & tools, manufacturing, biotech, Nanotechnology, electronics and export oriented units in the textile, garment and leather sector to name a few.

Anxious wait for 7,000 employees: Will Nokia’s factory be allowed to get transferred to Microsoft?
Source: The Economic Times; December 12, 2013

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/anxious-wait-for-7000-employees-will-nokias-factory-be-allowed-to-get-transferred-to-microsoft/articleshow/27230243.cms

Will Nokia's India mobilephone-making factory, mired in a tax dispute, be allowed to get transferred to Microsoft, the Finnish company's global acquirer?

The answer will be known Thursday, the deadline for the transfer. Nokia and Microsoft will await interestedly the outcome of the Delhi High Court proceedings, which is likely to rule on the issue.

Drop clauses that restrict local gear companies: DoT to BSNL
Source: The Economic Times; December 13, 2013

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/telecom/drop-clauses-that-restrict-local-gear-companies-dot-to-bsnl/articleshow/27252282.cms

The telecom department has asked Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to drop restrictive clauses that could hinder procurement of network gear from Indian suppliers for the Rs 13,000-crore communications network it is building for the armed forces.
 
The DoT's diktat to BSNL follows complaints by United Telecoms Ltd and Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association about "non-adherence to PMA policy in BSNL's tenders" linked to the armed forces communication venture, internally known as the NFS project.

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