India Passes Japan To
Become Third Largest Global Smartphone Market, After China & U.S.
Source: AOL Inc; June 28,
India pushed past Japan to become the third largest global smartphone
market in Q1, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics. The
analyst notes it’s the first time ever that India has moved up into
third place. The top two worldwide markets for smartphones remain
China and the U.S.
Smartphone makers including Apple, Samsung and local Indian mobile
maker Micromax (an Android OEM), are driving higher volumes in the
country thanks to improved distribution networks, according to the
Are there more bumps on the road to India’s fabs?
Source: Data Quest; June
The final approval for setting up semiconductor fabs in India is long
overdue. Despite the government indicating its buy-in, there have been
inordinate delays in coming up with firm decisions. There are sources
that indicate that the much-awaited policy may be in for a rethink
because the government outlay is likely to be huge and untenable.
There are also indications that the concerned ministries have not been
able to reach any consensus regarding the terms and conditions and the
outlay. One wonders whether the decision is still awaiting final
bureaucratic inputs or whether it is a delay at the legislative level.
Is Silicon Valley closed to India?
Source: Hindustan Times; June 30, 2013
As the Senate voted on a landmark immigration bill that would let
Silicon Valley companies import more foreign engineers, some Americans
remain locked in a deeply emotional argument over whether outsiders
are taking jobs away from people such as Joey Doernberg.
No airport near
electronic city, says Minister
Source: Deccan Chronicle;
June 30, 2013
The state government is not open to the idea of building an airport
near Electronic City as requested by Infosys chairman N.R. Narayana
Murthy on Friday.
Reacting to Murthy's request, Bengaluru in-charge minister, R.
Ramalinga Reddy, said on Saturday, "There is no need to develop an
airport near Electronic City. To develop an airport, we need thousands
of acres and the government does not have the land there."
Samsung plans to
invest Rs. 500 crore to ramp up mobile production
Source: NDTV; July 1, 2013
South Korean electronics major Samsung is planning to invest over Rs.
500 crore to ramp up its mobile production capacity in India, industry
"Samsung is working to invest Rs. 500 crore in its mobile production
facility in India. It had approached government in this regard to take
benefit of policy announcements and other incentives. The investment
proposals have been cleared at Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY)
level," a source told PTI.
Technical Specifications of Aakash IV: Department of Electronics and
Information Technology invites Comments from Stakeholders
Source: Press Information
Bureau; July 1, 2013
Aakash is a series of Android-based tablet computers produced by an
initiative of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is
a low-cost tablet computer with a 7-inch touch screen. The device was
developed as part of the country`s aim to link 25,000 colleges and 400
universities in an e-learning program. The cost of basic version for a
student was only Rs.1500, which was around USD35. In July 2010, the
Minister of Human Resource Development, Sri Kapil Sibal unveiled a
prototype of Aakash, which was later given out to 500 college students
to collect feedback. The tablet was officially launched as Aakash in
New Delhi on 5 October 2011. The Ministry of Human Resource
Development, Government of India announced an upgraded
second-generation model called Aakash 2 in April 2012. In this series,
the new version of Aakash has been named Aakash IV.
IT manufacturing will
Source: Indian Express;
July 1, 2013
Indian IT services players might have seized more of the global
market, but the country’s performance in IT manufacturing space has
remained lacklustre. Industry analysts often highlight that India
lacks infrastructure support, such as power, finance, transport, and
logistics that are crucial for building the country’s much needed
manufacturing capability. Besides, there is also talk of lack in
availability of skilled manufacturing labour and that the country has
complex approval procedures for setting up new manufacturing
facilities. IT industry forum MAIT has been working with the
government to create a conducive atmosphere for manufacturing in
India. While welcoming the recent policy announcements, MAIT executive
director Anwar Shirpurwala tells Sudhir Chowdhary that the government
needs to do a lot more to create the right atmosphere for ICT
manufacturing in the country.
manufacturing proposals worth Rs 5,000 cr stuck in bureaucratic
Source: Business Standard;
July 2, 2013
Despite the government’s keenness to promote electronic manufacturing,
about Rs 5,000 crore worth of the proposals, received under its
incentive package scheme, are stuck as the government is yet to
finalise the authority which will sanction the subsidy money.
Rough estimates suggest the subsidy outgo on these 15 proposals would
be at least Rs 1,000 crore over a period of a few years.
WB land policy in
Bengal Chamber agenda
Source: Sify.com; July 2,
The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry has highlighted the vexed
land policy in West Bengal that is seen as a hindrance to the
industrial development in the state.
In a fresh recommendation termed ´Draft Investment and Industrial
Policy of West Bengal 2013 - Final Recommendations to the Government
of West Bengal´, ahead of the formulation of the industrial policy of
the government, the chamber said the present process of land
conversion for industry and urban infrastructure is time consuming.
It has recommended that along with government´s IT and ICT policy,
electronics industries also should get some incentive to grow as for
the hardware sector
Ajit Manocha of
GLOBALFOUNDRIES receive SEMI EHS achievement award
Electronics Engineering Herald; July 3, 2013
SEMI has announced that Ajit Manocha, CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, has been
selected to receive the “SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award —
Inspired by Akira Inoue.” The Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)
Award is sponsored by SEMI and will be presented on July 9 at 9:00am
during the SEMICON West 2013 Opening Keynote and Ceremonies in San
Semiconductor sector looking up in 2013
Source: The Star Online; July 3, 2013
Worldwide outlook of the semiconductor industry brightens in 2013 as
year-to-date sales figures from May showed an increase of 1.5% over
US-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) pointed to the
global sales of semiconductors for the month of May, which was
US$24.7bil, up 4.6% up from US$23.62bil in April, representing the
biggest sequential monthly increase in sales since March 2010.
national cyber security policy
Source: Telecom Tiger; July
With an aim to create secure computing environment and enabling
adequate trust and confidence in electronic transactions, India has
announced its national cyber security policy. This will also guide
stakeholders’ actions for protection of cyber space.
Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Communications and IT while releasing
the National Cyber Security Policy, said that it should be seen as
about protecting of information, such as personal information,
financial/banking information, sovereign data etc.
Toshiba to Expand Semiconductor Fabrication Facility
Source: rangdeindia; July 3, 2013
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it will expand
its state-of-art No. 5 semiconductor fabrication facility (Fab 5) at
Yokkaichi Operations in Mie, Japan, to secure manufacturing space for
NAND flash memories fabricated with next generation process technology
and for future 3D memories. Fab 5 second phase construction will start
at the end of August this year and be completed in summer next year.
Decisions on equipment investment and production will reflect market
made a huge mistake by signing with TSMC
Source: itworld; July 3, 2013
What began as a rumor is now news: Apple plans to sever its last tie
to Samsung and have its line of ARM processors manufactured by the
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., otherwise known as TSMC.
It will be a while before TSMC actually gets anything from this deal,
since Samsung will still be supplying chips to Apple for at least
another year. It's a windfall for TSMC and a painful hit for Samsung,
no doubt about it. Mark Newman, an analyst at Sanford Bernstein in
Hong Kong, estimates that Apple's component orders from Samsung were
set to hit around $10 billion last year. Who would want to give that
kind of money to their mortal enemy?
invites Vietnam to set up electronics cluster city
Source: Business Line; July 4, 2013
The Government on Thursday asked Vietnam to set up an electronics
cluster in India.
India and Vietnam signed two memorandums of understanding (MoU) for
partnership in the field of information, communications and technology
The first MoU was on telecom regulation between the Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India and the Vietnam Telecommunications Authority. The
second was on spectrum management between Wireless Planning &
Coordination Wing (WPC), DoT and the Authority of Radio Frequency
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