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Union Budget 2013: Not Enough Support For Electronics Manufacturing, Says ELCINA
Source:; March 2, 2013

While the Indian electronics industry is excited to have the electronics policy of 2012 in place, ELCINA finds that none of the recommendations made by the association to rationalize the import duty structure relevant to this sector have been addressed in Union Budget 2013. The organisation had requested to support assembly of PCB Boards in the country, which has not found mention in the budget, tabled by Finance Minister P Chidambaram on 28 February. ELCINA opines that this step itself could have created a huge demand pull for electronic manufacturing in the country!

Rs. 150-cr. skill centre to cater for defence, aerospace sector
Source: The Hindu; March 3, 2013

A Rs. 150-crore skill development centre planned at the upcoming Devanahalli aerospace park will nurture thousands of young professionals and potential entrepreneurs, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises K.H. Muniyappa said on Saturday.

The skill centre with tool room, Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) and high-end calibration facilities will cater for Bangalore’s vast defence and aerospace sector.

Indirect taxes: Not tailored for a perfect fit
Source: Business Line; March 3, 2013

While the positive measures are welcome, the lack of clear direction on Goods and Services Tax has slowed the momentum of indirect tax reforms.

...excise duty exemption on manufacture of branded garments. The semiconductor industry would see an opportunity for local manufacturing with the increase in custom duties on imported set-top boxes from 5 per cent to 10 per cent.

Budget 2013 measures may attract small chip-making companies to set up units
Source: The Economic Times; March 4, 2013

Thrice in the last 12 years the government has come out with a policy package to attract companies to set up units to manufacture chips — the heart and mind of every electronic gadget.

According to India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), an industry grouping, chip-making is a $310 billion industry globally, led by Taiwan, China and Malaysia. Indian consumers bought chips worth $7 billion in 2012. This is expected to increase to $55-60 billion by 2020, driven by sales of smartphones and tablets.

Budget 2013: What does setting up a semiconductor wafer fabrication unit means for India
Source: The Economic Times; March 4, 2013

For the first time since Independence, the possibility of setting up a semiconductor wafer fabrication unit in India was made by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in his Budget speech. He announced incentives for semiconductor wafer fab manufacturing facilities in India, including zero customs duty for plant and machinery. A former executive involved in setting up a global foundry tells ET what this capital-intensive, high risk venture means for India.

IDC: PC Shipments To Decrease In 2013
Source: Channel World India; March 5, 2013
Worldwide PC shipments dropped in 2012 on an annual basis for the first time in more than a decade and that is expected to continue this year, research firm IDC said on Monday.

Worldwide PC shipments are projected to drop 1.3 percent this year, IDC said in a statement. That would be a slight recovery from 2012, in which PC shipments dropped by 3.7 percent.

Semiconductor sales up in January
Source: The Business Journals; March 5, 2013

Global semiconductor sales rose 3.8 percent in January from a year earlier, starting 2013 off with some growth after the past two years have seen the industry struggle.

The Washington-based Semiconductor Industry Association reported global sales were $24.1 billion in January, up from the $23.2 billion for the same month last year

Laptop to gram panchayats to cost R35,000
Source: Hindustan Times ePaper (Indore); March 5, 2013
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LAPTOP/TABLETS proposed to be supplied to all the gram panchayats in the state by MP State Electronics Development Corporation would cost the state government Rs 34,923.60 each piece. Informing this in a written reply to BJP MLA Vishwas Sarang’s query, industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya denied that the companies supplying the laptop/tablet- Hewlett Packard India Sales Pvt Ltd, Acer India, HCL Info System Ltd- were ever blacklisted by M P Laghu Udyog Nigam. The laptop/tablet will have three years of warranty and two year extended warranty period for which the state government would be paying Rs 1123.60 extra.

F&S analysis budget for ESDM sector
Source: TechOnline India; March 5, 2013

The Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) is in the final stages of confirming a consortium for setting up of India’s first semiconductor fab in the country. Total demand for semiconductors in India is expected to grow from USD 6.5 Billion in 2012 to USD 9.6 Billion in 2015. Ongoing policy initiatives such as the electronics manufacturing cluster (EMC), modified special incentive package scheme (MSIPS), and preferential market access scheme (PMAS) are expected to usher investments in electronics manufacturing which shall accelerate the demand for semiconductors in the next few years. This high optimism in indigenous electronics manufacturing growth has necessitated the setting up of local semiconductor fabs in India to enable holistic ecosystem development.

‘Building solutions that can scale and manage power is a major challenge for the entire industry’
Source: TechOnline India; March 6, 2013

In an interview with TechOnline India, Travis Karr,VP & GM, Enterprise Storage Division at PMC talked about data growth and the opportunities and challenges it posses, advancement in chip technology, tips to develop ESDM capability and about PMC’s R&D center and plans.

CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates e-Odisha summit
Source:; March 6, 2013

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurates e-Odisha summit at Swosti Premium Hotel in Bhubaneswar.

Inaugurating this summit CM Patnaik said that "The Government of Odisha is committed for creating an open environment to attract investment from IT industries and foreign investors. In order to promote such Investments, IT Special Economic Zones (SEZS) are being established at Infocity and Infovalley in Bhubanesvvar. To accommodate future development in IT sector, particularly in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM).

Total semiconductor revenue in 2013 from automotive infotainment to reach $6.67 B
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; March 7, 2013

IHS forecasts the total semiconductor revenue in 2013 derived from automotive infotainment will reach $6.67 billion, up 3 percent from $6.48 billion. Growth in 2013 is going to be slower than 2012, which has seen approximately 4 percent increase, but solid expansion returns next year and beyond, with revenue growth of 3 to 7 percent each year during the next five years, as per IHS. By 2018, automotive infotainment semiconductor revenue worldwide will amount to $8.54 billion, predicts IHS.

SRW chip market shipments to hit 500 cr in 2013
Source: EE Times India; March 8, 2013

Things are looking bright for open short-range wireless (SRW) technology based ICs (Bluetooth, WiFi, ZigBee, NFC and GPS). The market is expected to top almost 500 crore units in 2013. The growth is seen to continue through 2018, reaching to nearly 800 crore units shipped, according to ABI Research's Teardowns and Semiconductors Research Practice. This market includes stand-alone wireless connectivity ICs, wireless connectivity combo ICs, as well as platforms with integrated wireless connectivity.

Samsung’s Sharp equity deal reveals pressures as display unit lags
Source: Manorama Online English; March 8, 2013

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's No.1 maker of smartphones, TVs and memory chips, this week's deal to invest in a Japanese display maker spotlights an uncomfortable fact: it is no longer the undisputed global leader in displays.

Cross-town rival LG Display Co Ltd overtook Samsung's display unit last year as the world's top maker of liquid crystal displays.

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