IESA WINWire Jun 08 - Jun 14  2013
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Semiconductor sales down for April to US$23.62b, moderate growth in 2013-2014
Source: The Star Online; June 7, 2013

Global sales of semiconductors reached US$23.62bil (RM73.09bil) in April 2013, up 0.6% from US$23.48bil in March, says the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

However, April sales were down slightly from US$24.06 (RM74.45bil) a year ago, according to the US-based SIA.

SIA said World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) projected global sales to reach US$297.8bil this year, up 2.1% from 2012 sales total.

Intel Capital invests in two Indian firms
Source: SupportBiz; June 7, 2013

In a bid to increase their growing presence in Asia, Intel Capital has invested US$16 million in three e-commerce sites across Asia, including two Indian firms viz. Bright Lifecare and

Intel Capital started investing in Asia-Pacific in 1998 and has continued to do with speed and consistency. They have invested in more than US$2 billion in more than 320 technology companies in a variety of industries including mobile computing, consumer Internet, cloud computing, software and services and semiconductor design and manufacturing.

Earlier this week, it created a US$100 million investment fund to accelerate the development of "human-like" sensing technology in devices across its architecture platform.

U.S. Manufacturers Urge Action Against India’s Illegal Trade Practices
Source:; June 7, 2013

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has signed on to a multi-industry CEO letter addressed to President Obama that calls on the President to address current trade imbalance caused by the Government of India’s discriminatory practices against U.S. exports and outlines proposed solutions to end India’s discriminatory trade practices. The letter was signed by the leaders of 17 U.S. industry associations. A full copy of the letter may be viewed below or can be found at: U.S. Business Community Letter.

Steady semiconductor sales to continue through the rest of 2013
Source: EE Times India; June 10, 2013

The worldwide semiconductor sales posted for April 2013 topped Rs.1.27 lakh crore ($23.62 billion), up 0.6 per cent from the previous month's sales of Rs.1.26 lakh crore ($23.48 billion). However, the figure is slightly lower than the Rs.1.29 lakh crore ($24.06 billion) posted for April 2012.

SEMI Reports First Quarter 2013 Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Figures; Billings US$ 7.31 Billion
Source: SEMI; June 10, 2013

SEMI, the global industry association for companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers, today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 7.31 billion in the first quarter of 2013. The billings figure is 8 percent higher than the fourth quarter of 2012 and 32 percent lower than the same quarter a year ago. The data is gathered jointly with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) from over 100 global equipment companies that provide data on a monthly basis.

Infosys aiming to grow revenue from India six-fold to $1 bn in five years
Source: Hindustan Times (Indore); June 10, 2013

When Infosys set up a separate division in India for its business practices, the new arm accounted for just 1.3% of its then total revenue, R268 crore. This figure has more than tripled in five years to R887 crore. But it still contributes a mere 2.2% to tech bellwether’s total revenue.

CN Raghupathi, vice-president of the company’s India division, said the strategy is to achieve domestic revenue of over $1 billion ( R5,700 crore) in five years’ time.

Government to clear two ITIR proposals
Source: Data Quest; June 11, 2013

In order to attract ICT investment, the Centre is considering two mega projects from the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. These two ITIR (Information Technology Investment Region) schemes are proposed at Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar, while a similar 272 acre project in Bangalore has got Cabinet sanction recently. Speaking at the India ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) conclave organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce DeitY secretary J Sathyanarayana said that policy framework and necessary guidelines have already been put in place, and as a consequence, new investments are pouring in to create roadmap for sectoral growth.

Cloud Analytics Market Worth $16.52 Billion by 2018
Source: IT News Online; June 11, 2013

The study reports that the global Cloud Based Business Analytics market is expected to grow from $5.25 billion in 2013 to $16.52 billion by 2018, at an estimated CAGR of 25.8% from 2013 to 2018.

The market for Cloud Based Business Analytics market is driven by the emerging trends in Big Data and cloud computing technology. Businesses have started using cloud based solutions over the past few years. In 2011, Tier 1 players and startups shifted towards cloud BI or business analytics solutions. Traditional BI and analytics solutions are striving to meet the requirements of today's business needs. Enterprises are struggling with high operating cost, lack of IT expertise and increasing employee mobility.

DeitY Raises Investment Target For ESDM Sector To US$ 5 Billion For This Fiscal
Source:; June 12, 2013

Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) has raised the investment target for the electronics industry to US$ 5 billion for this fiscal, as it has already received investment proposals worth US$ 1 billion. Informing this at a conclave on electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM), organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in New Delhi, J Satyanarayana, secretary, DeitY, said, “The demand for electronics hardware in India is growing exponentially and this provides a huge opportunity for the country to become an ESDM hub to meet not only the domestic requirements but also cater to exports.”

According to an India Electronics Semiconductor Association (IESA) and Frost and Sullivan report, Indian ESDM industry is growing at 9.9 per cent CAGR—from US$ 64.6 billion in 2011 to an estimated US$ 94.2 billion in 2015.

Andhra Pradesh ups the ante to woo ICT sector
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; June 12, 2013

India's southeastern state, Andhra Pradesh, is gearing up to attract the burgeoning ICT sector with a series of policy initiatives. The state government targets 17 per cent annual growth in IT/ITes domain and aims at $1.5 billion worth revenue from electronic hardware.

State likely to get 2 electronic hubs
Source: The Times Of India; June 13, 2013

Here's good news for the Trinamool government that is desperate to improve the industrial scenario in the state.

With the central government likely to sanction two electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) clusters in the state, Bengal's contribution to the country's electronic output may increase manifold in the years to come.

PVG Menon, President, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association ( IESA) said, "West Bengal could position itself as the centre where innovative products can be designed for India and the world. Since these products have cutting-edge hardware and software, there is a great opportunity for Bengal to tap into this area."

'India is strategic market for Ericsson'
Sourc: The Times Of India; June 13, 2013

While Ericsson India's new head of operations Chris Houghton believes telecom operators must reembark on building out networks, for now it will focus on their efforts to use mobile broadband, using Wi-Fi to lower clogging, and making full use of operational expenditure. Houghton tells Gulveen Aulakh, there will be no lay-offs of the recently acquired 5,000 people from Reliance Communications despite being over-staffed.

With fewer IT jobs, prospects brighten in finance, micro SMEs
Source: Business Line; June 13, 2013

Fresh engineering graduates who passed out this year will have tough time finding jobs in the IT industry. Nasscom had raised a red flag on job prospects for freshers. It said the IT and ITeS industry will hire about 50,000 fewer people this year.

Pradip K. Dutta, Corporate Vice-President and Managing Director of the semiconductor design IP company Synopsys (India), said it is time for students to get into the products segment of IT. Unlike services, it is not directly dependent on the financial health of this or that company.

Slow Growth Ahead For Economy And Electronics Industry, According To IPC
Source: EFY Times; June 14, 2013

Global economic growth is picking up, but the continuing economic crisis in the 17-nation euro area is delaying a meaningful recovery. Leading macroeconomic indicators and electronics supply chain indicators point to slow growth in the second quarter of 2013, according to IPC’s quarterly report, Electronics Industries Market Data Update. The May 2013 edition reports the latest global and regional developments in the economy and the electronics industry, including selected findings from IPC’s industry statistical programs and leading indicators.

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