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India Passes Japan To Become Third Largest Global Smartphone Market, After China & U.S.
Source: AOL Inc; June 28, 2013

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 analyst.

Are there more bumps on the road to India’s fabs?
Source: Data Quest; June 28, 2013

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 sources said.

"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.

Finalization of 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 happen soon
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.

Electronics manufacturing proposals worth Rs 5,000 cr stuck in bureaucratic indecisiveness
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:; July 2, 2013

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
Source: 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 Francisco.

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 2012.

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.

Government releases national cyber security policy
Source: Telecom Tiger; July 3, 2013

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 trends.

Apple just 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?

India 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 (ICT).

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 Management, Vietnam.

Compiled by IESA Research

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