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Telecom Commission to review telecom security policy soon
Source: The Economic Times; June 21, 2013

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-06-21/news/40119283_1_commercial-telecom-networks-telecom-security-policy-national-investment-board

The Telecom Commission (TC), the highest decision-making body in the communications ministry, will shortly clear India's controversial telecom security policy that calls for developing indigenous capacity to locally churn out electronics and software inducted into telephone networks.

Mobile phones prices to rise 10% as rupee falls
Source: Telecom Live; June 21, 2013

http://www.telecomlive.com/homepg/innercomt.asp?N_Id=25266

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 per cent 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 . The rupee hit a life time low of 59.93 to a dollar in early trade today before closing at 59.57.

Semicon spends getting wafer thin by 3.5 pc as per cycles
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; June 21, 2013

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/190490/semicon-spends-getting-wafer-35-pc-cycles

Gartner feels that Weak semiconductor market conditions, which continued into the first quarter of 2013, generated downward pressure on new equipment purchases. Gartner predicts that 2014 semiconductor capital spending will increase 14.2 per cent, followed by 10.1 per cent growth in 2015. The next cyclical decline will be a mild drop of 3.5 per cent in 2016, followed by a return to growth in 2017

ELCINA’s First Greenfield EMC At Bhiwadi To Get Land Possession Soon
Source: EFYTimes.com; June 22, 2013

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=109177

The Bhiwadi electronics cluster in Rajasthan, an early initiative of the electronics components makers' association, ELCINA, has reached its first major milestone. The members of this cluster have submitted the 'keenness' money to RIICO (Rajasthan State Industrial development and Investment Corporation). This is to reserve 100.7 acres of land at the Salarpur Industrial Area, Bhiwadi, Rajasthan, in favour of ELCINA Electronics Manufacturing Cluster Pvt Ltd, which is the special purpose vehicle (SPV) for this project.

India slips in renewable energy attractiveness index: Ernst & Young survey
Source: Financial Express; June 23, 2013

http://www.financialexpress.com/story-print/1132747


High entry-barriers for foreign investors and the rising cost of financing have led to the country slipping to a low eighth position on the renewable energy country attractive index in the first quarter of 2013, says an Ernst & Young survey.

According to the report 'Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index', India's ranking slipped from fourth position to eighth this period, due to several challenges, including high cost of finance, entry-barriers for external investors, among others.

Apple inks agreement with TSMC for new A-series chips: Report
Source: NDTV.com; June 24, 2013

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/apple-inks-agreement-with-tsmc-for-new-a-series-chips-report-383549

It looks like Apple has found a replacement for Samsung to produce chips for its devices.

If a new report by DigiTimes is to be believed, Apple has signed a three year agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and its partner Global UniChip to make its new A-series chips built through 20nm, 16nm and 10nm process nodes.

Now, a chip that detects disease in blood drop
Source: Business Standard; June 25, 2013

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/now-a-chip-that-detects-disease-in-blood-drop-113062500389_1.html

Scientists have engineered a cutting-edge sensor chip that can detect diseases from a drop of blood, says a new study.

A new study describes how Reginald Farrow and Alokik Kanwal, researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and their team have created a carbon nanotube-based device to noninvasively and quickly detect mobile single cells with the potential to maintain a high degree of spatial resolution, reports Science Daily.

Globalfoundries ramping up production of Rockchip's 28nm tablet SoCs
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; June 25, 2013

http://www.eeherald.com/section/news/onws2013062203.html

Globalfoundries is ramping up the production of multi-core ARM Cortex-A9 tablet SoC chip on its 28nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology for its customer Rockchip. The tablet SoC chips from Rockchip began sampling to OEMs in early 2013 and are now ramping to support a wide range of manufacturers.

The hot tablet semiconductor market is growing while PC semiconductor market is falling. IC Insights has forecasted IC sales for tablet computers to grow by 37% to $14.7 billion in 2013 after climbing 77% in 2012 and 190% in 2011. IC Insights is now forecasting a 2% decline in integrated circuit sales for keyboard-equipped standard PCs (desktops and notebooks) to $62.5 billion in 2013, following drops of 12% in 2012 and 7% in 2011.

GEO Semiconductor to double Indian presence by 2014
Source: ZDNet; June 26, 2013

http://www.zdnet.com/in/geo-semiconductor-to-double-indian-presence-by-2014-7000017311/

GEO Semiconductor will double its Indian presence by the end of the year, following a planned US$20 million fundraising effort.

At a press conference in Bangalore on Wednesday, the company's CEO Paul Russo announced the launch of its Indian operations, which houses 22 staff, including software and hardware engineers. This number will double over the next few months as the company adds engineering and marketing staff to boost local sales of its chips, which power cameras in cars and cloud devices.

Slow Growth Forecast For The Electronics Industry Ahead
Source: EFYTimes.com; June 26, 2013

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=109510

The continued economic crisis with the 17 euro governed nations has long been delaying a meaningful recovery process. With global economic growth picking up since the last recession, this industry is falling back. Among the worst hit is the electronic industry association as reported by IPC. The report by the IPC suggests that there are several electronic supply chain indicators and macroeconomic indicators point to a slow growth come the second quarter of 2013.

Can China alone drive semiconductor growth?
Source: SemiWiki; June 26, 2013

http://www.semiwiki.com/forum/content/2531-can-china-alone-drive-semiconductor-growth.html

Production of electronic equipment (including computers, communications, consumer, etc.) has been sluggish over the last year in all key regions of the world except China. The chart below shows three-month-average change versus a year ago for electronics production in local currency through April 2013 (May 2013 for China). Total industrial production is shown for Europe and South Korea where electronics production data is not available. China has maintained growth of over 10% since the beginning of 2011.

Jaypee Associates, Hindustan Semiconductor in fray for semiconductor plants
Sourc: The Economic Times; June 26, 2013

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-06-26/news/40207012_1_jaypee-associates-hsmc-semiconductor-wafer-fabrication

Two consortia -- one led by Jaypee Associates and other by Hindustan Semiconductor -- are in race for setting up semiconductor plants in India which may involve an estimated investment of Rs 25,000 crore.

"There are two consortium for setting up wafer fab in India ... one is led by Jaypee Associates and other by Hindustan Semiconductors (HSMC). They have been shortlisted but no final decision has been taken yet," official sources told PTI.

GEO Semiconductor launches India operations
Source: EE Times India; June 27, 2013

http://www.eetindia.co.in/articleLogin.do?artId=880068
6734&fromWhere=/ART_8800686734_1800000_NT_893a3c46.HT
M&catId=1800000&newsType=NT&pageNo=null&encode=893a3c46

US-based GEO Semiconductor Inc., a provider of geometric processor ICs, has announced the launch of its Indian operations, GEO Semiconductor (India) Pvt Ltd. The Indian operations will encompass both a critical R&D operation and a marketing and sales outreach programme, the company said.

Tejas proposes to spend Rs 1,769 cr on telecom equipment
Source: Afaqs; June 28, 2013

http://www.afaqs.com/news/story/37948_Tejas-proposes-to-spend-Rs-1769-cr-on-telecom-equipment

Proposal is the largest received by dept of electronics under M-SIPS subsidy scheme.

Among the 15 proposals worth Rs 5,000 crore received by the government under the modified special incentive package scheme (M-SIPS), its electronics manufacturing subsidy programme, the largest one has come from telecom equipment maker Tejas Networks, followed by Samsung Electronics and semiconductor testing firm Tessolve Services.

Tejas, which has applied for subsidy to the department of electronics and information technology, plans to invest around Rs 1,769 crore to build and expand its capabilities in the area of new generation technologies such as 3G and 4G LTE (long-term evolution).

Sanjay Nayak, co-founder and chief executive officer of the Bangalore-based company confirmed the investment proposal. He said India was seeing resurgence in such equipment as data was going to play a key role in the next phase of telecom growth.

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