IESA WINWire Jun 15 - Jun 21  2013
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First move towards electronic cluster in Vellore district
Source: The Hindu; June 15, 2013

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/first-move-towards-electronic-cluster-in-vellore-district/article4816691.ece

Several units in Vellore district are engaged in the manufacture of electronic components and products, and mechanical components used in electronic products, but there is no coordination among them for the purpose of availing incentives given by the Central and State governments for expanding their business activities.

Under these circumstances, Kramski Stamping and Molding India Private Ltd., and the Vellore Institute of Technology-Technology Business Incubator (VITTBI) organised an Electronic Cluster Initiative at the Kramski factory premises in Erayankadu village near here on Friday.

AP to set up 3 hardware clusters
Source: Business Line; June 15, 2013

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/ap-to-set-up-3-hardware-clusters/article4817794.ece

The Andhra Pradesh Government is setting up three electronic hardware parks as part of the national initiative to establish 200 such clusters across the country. Two of the parks would come up at Hyderabad and the third in Visakhapatnam.

“We are projecting an investment of Rs 1,100 crore to develop the clusters. The Union Government would contribute 50 per cent to the project,” Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Minister of IT and Communication, told Business Line.

Pitroda opens eInfochips’ fifth design centre in Ahmedabad
Source: Business Line; June 15, 2013

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/info-tech/pitroda-opens-einfochips-fifth-design-centre-in-ahmedabad/article4817711.ece

National Innovation Council Chairman Dr Sam Pitroda on Saturday inaugurated the fifth design centre of leading software firm eInfochips here to predominantly focus on product engineering.

The 400-seat centre will focus on advanced technologies for aerospace, defence, semiconductor, security and surveillance, besides software development, application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and system on chip (SoC) solutions, Pratul Shroff, Founder and CEO of eInfochips said.

Element14 Celebrates New Tektronix Franchise and Adds New Ranges in India - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Source: The Week; June 15, 2013

http://week.manoramaonline.com/businesss/businesswire/35642.html

element14 celebrated its new franchise with Tektronix in India and the addition of the latest digital signal oscilloscopes in the mixed signal, mid and basic ranges. This landmark partnership with Tektronix ensures customers in India enjoy speedy access to Tektronix’s leading range of test and measurement equipment from element14s warehouse located in Bangalore, and fast customer service and technical support across India from the nine branch offices in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Ahemadabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Coimboatore, Cohin and Bangalore.

Indian brains are solving the problems of the West, not India, says Pitroda
Source: India Today; June 16, 2013

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/indian-brains-are-solving-the-problems-of-the-west-pitroda/1/280424.html


Lamenting that the software talent in the country was not being used for the local industry, National Innovation Council Chairman Sam Pitroda said, "Our software people are solving the problems of hospitals of the western world but not of rural India."

"Best brains of the world are busy solving the problem of the rich, who really do not have problems to solve," Pitroda said.

Sam Pitroda on Saturday said a Rs.5,000 crore fund to support innovations would be launched soon.

Centre’s ‘go local’ policy set to boost hardware sector
Source: The Hindu; June 17, 2013

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/centres-go-local-policy-set-to-boost-hardware-sector/article4821613.ece

The Information Technology industry in the State is upbeat over the guidelines on “go local policy” notified by the Union IT Ministry.

The latest guidelines, cleared after much opposition from the US and European companies, specify that 30 per cent of all equipment supply contract will be reserved for companies with local manufacturing base.

Nationwide Talent Search Exam to identify the best talent for Telecom and IT
Source: APN News; June 17, 2013

http://www.apnnews.com/2013/06/17/nationwide-talent-search-exam-to-identify-the-best-talent-for-telecom-and-it/

UTL Technologies in association with IL&FS Skills and NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation) is to conduct a Nationwide Talent Search Exam to identify the best talent suitable for Embedded, VLSI, Telecom and IT Infrastructure Management Industries and make them Industry Ready through its specialized training programs. UTL Technologies is India’s highly appreciated and widely recognized prominent high-end training organization in providing Industry relevant training solutions to Students, Working Professionals and Corporate houses.

Disclosing this – addressing a Press Conference here in city today Mr. Srinivasa Raju, Divisional Head of UTL Technologies said The Exam will be conducted in Andhra Pradesh at Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad on June 22nd and 26th respectively

Semiconductor firms expect strong Q3 growth
Source: The China Post; June 17, 2013

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan-business/2013/06/17/381388/Semiconductor-firms.htm

Going into the third quarter, which is traditionally considered the boom season in the semiconductor industry, many firms in the industry have recently expressed optimism about performance for the next couple of months.

Firms including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Elan Microelectronics Corp. (Elan), eGalax_eMPIA Technology Incorporation (EETI), and Richtek Technology Corp. (Richtek) recently held shareholder meetings and developed opinions for their expected performance in the latter half of the year.

Streetlights to be metered
Source: The Hindu; June 18, 2013

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/streetlights-to-be-metered/article4825620.ece

The Corporation is taking steps to get meters and light sensors installed by the Kerala State Electricity Board on all 84,000 streetlight posts in the city.

This will pave way for the installation of LED lights on the posts. (LED or light-emitting diode is a semiconductor diode which glows when a voltage is applied). The light-detecting sensors can turn on or off the lamps.

Choking the Fab Process
Source: Data Quest; June 18, 2013

http://www.dqindia.com/dataquest/specials/190206/choking-fab-process

It was in mid-March 2013, when the empowered committee headed by Sam Pitroda for setting up semiconductor fab units in India submitted its recommendations to the government, having shortlisted two consortia.

"As stated in the NPE, if the electronics imports exceed oil imports and we refrain from building an in-house infrastructure to supplement the growing demand for electronics, it will be a huge loss," warns Sanjeev Keskar, chairman, IESA (India Electronics and Semiconductor Association).

COAI calls for 100% FDI in telecom sector
Source: Telecom Live; June 18, 2013

http://www.telecomlive.com/homepg/innercomt.asp?N_Id=25244

At a time when the telecom department's relation with the industry is at an all-time low, the industry has approached the government to provide a 'clear road map' and regulatory and policy certainty to improve the sector's health.

’India eyeing $400–bn electronics base by 2020’
Sourc: The Sentinel; June 19, 2013

http://www.sentinelassam.com/mainnews/story.php?sec=1&subsec=0&a
mp;id=162539&dtP=2013-06-19&ppr=1

Having established itself as the backroom office for global businesses with a flourishing outsourcing industry, India is taking steps to expand its electronics manufacturing base to avoid imports, arrest dollar outflows and add jobs, a top official has said.

“We are importing so much of electronics items that we are draining our foreign exchange,” said J. Satyanarayana, secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

Rupee fall to push up mobile phone prices by up to 10%
Source: Firstpost.com; June 20, 2013

http://www.firstpost.com/business/rupee-fall-to-push-up-mobile-phone-prices-by-up-to-10-892617.html

Come July, mobile phone prices are expected to be dearer by up to 10% due to the steep depreciation in the value of rupee against dollar.

“Brands dependent on import will have to take price increase of about 10% due to decline in value of Rupee. Companies making mobile phone in India will be impacted to lesser extent but they will also have to increase price by 5 to 6%,” Indian Cellular Association’s (ICA) National President, Pankaj Mohindroo told PTI.

Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Spending to Decline 5.5 Percent in 2013
Source: Press Trust; June 20, 2013

http://www.presstrust.com/content/gartner-says-worldwide-semiconductor-manufacturing-equipment-spending-decline-55-percent

Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending is projected to total $35.8 billion in 2013, a 5.5 percent decline from 2012 spending of $37.8 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that capital spending will decrease 3.5 percent in 2013, as major producers remain cautious in the face of market weakness.

PMs Of India And Japan Talk About Promoting Electronics
Source: EFYTimes.com; June 20, 2013

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=109031

The two Prime Ministers welcomed the progress made so far in information and communications technology (ICT) and electronics sectors, including Ministerial level interaction resulting in creation of Japan Help Desk for facilitating cooperation in Electronic system Design and Manufacturing.

According to the statement, “The two Prime Ministers welcomed the progress made so far in information and communications technology (ICT) and electronics sectors, including Ministerial level interaction resulting in creation of Japan Help Desk for facilitating cooperation in Electronic system Design and Manufacturing.

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