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Press Release: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) announces their Executive Council for 2013-14: Sanjeev Keskar named Chairman

Local base vital for electronics’ manufacture, says TE Connectivity MD
Source: Business Line; March 29, 2013

With India's electronics import bill set to become larger than its oil bill, the country needs to invest in an electronics manufacturing base to meet the huge demand for electronic gadgets, according to V. Raja, Managing Director, TE Connectivity India.

According to a report by Frost and Sullivan India - Electronics and Semiconductor Association, the demand for about 65 per cent of electronic products in India is met by imports. The report adds that these imports are likely to grow from $28 billion in 2011 to $42 billion in 2015, in the absence of intervention by the government..

Plan to install 2,000 cell towers to improve rural telephony
Source: The Hindu; March 30, 2013

Union Minister of State for Information Technology & Communication Killi Kruparani on Friday said the Centre was putting together a plan to install 2,000 cell towers at a cost of Rs. 3,000 crore with a view to improving telephony in the rural areas.

Report: Lenovo to design chips
Source: EE Times India; April 1, 2013 ART_8800683336_1800007_NT_452a6e29.HTM&catId=1800007&newsType =NT&pageNo=null&encode=452a6e29

China’s second largest smartphone seller Lenovo will reportedly foray into the chip design segment. The company is expected to design own chips for smartphones and tablets.“Lenovo is looking to expand its IC design team from 10 to 100 by the mid of this year,” EE Times quoted an industry source

Bosch Is Gearing Up To Meet Demand That Will Double In The Next Five Years
Source:; March 31, 2013

Bosch Automotive Electronics has been the first company to submit an application under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS), entailing an investment of about Rs 5.5 billion in automotive electronics by expanding its facilities in Bengaluru. Under M-SIPS, the government will provide subsidy for investments in capital expenditure with a limit of 20 per cent for investments in special economic zones (SEZ) and 25 per cent in non-SEZs.

Sankalp Semiconductor names new CEO
Source: EE Times India; April 2, 2013 Where=/ART_8800683414_1800001_NT_ca9d8614.HTM&catId=1800001& newsType=NT&pageNo=null&encode=ca9d8614

Sankalp Semiconductor Private Limited, India-based analogue and mixed signal semiconductor design service provider, has announced the appointment of Samir Patel as its new chief executive officer, with immediate effect. Sankalp’s founder and current CEO Vivek Pawar will step into the role of executive chairman of the company

DeitY Creates ‘Japan Help Desk’ To Facilitate Japanese Investments In India
Source:; April 1, 2013
Taking a step ahead in the direction of building a stronger relationship with Japan, Department of Electronics and Information Technology has established a 'Japan Help Desk'. The help desk aims to facilitate Japanese investments in India.

Global Semiconductor Sales Remain Ahead of 2012 Pace in February
Source:; April 1, 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $23.25 billion for the month of February 2013, an increase of 1.4 percent from February 2012 when sales were $22.93 billion. Global sales from February 2013 were 3.8 percent lower than the January 2013 total of $24.17 billion, reflecting seasonal trends, but year-to-date sales through February 2013 were 2 percent higher than at the same point last year. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.

EDA industry sales grew 4.6% in Q4 2012
Source: EE Times India; April 3, 2013

The electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 4.6 per cent for Q4 2012 to Rs.9,565.05 crore ($1779.1 million), compared to Rs.9,140.32 crore ($1700.1 million) in Q4 2011, according to the EDA Consortium report.

'Koramangala is a hub for leading technology companies'
Source: The Economic Times; April 2, 2013

FTD Automation, a sister concern of FTD Infocom has been in India for more than 15 years. The firm provides solutions in embedded system design, MEMS design and other services along with training. Tasmayee Laha Roy chats up Sanjay M Savalgi, director- sales and marketing, FTD Automation, who is all gung-ho about their new international tie-up with Arasan Chip Systems, Inc.

Gartner: Worldwide semiconductor revenue declined 2.6 percent in 2012
Source: TechOnline India; April 3, 2013 6_percent_in_2012.aspx

Total worldwide semiconductor revenue reached $299.9 billion in 2012, down 2.6 percent from 2011, according to Gartner. With the overall semiconductor market decline, the number of vendors that declined among the top 25 outnumbered those that grew.

Gartner said the top 25 semiconductor vendors' revenue declined slightly faster, at 2.8 percent, than the industry as a whole and accounted for almost the same portion of the industry's total revenue — 68.9 percent in 2012, compared with 69.0 percent in 2011.

Indian Post Offices To Get Solar Power
Source:; April 3, 2013

We might not be using the postal system frequently anymore, but the Indian government has decided to enhance the capability of post offices in the country by offering them solar power that will ensure continuous working of the system.

IESA announces their Executive Council for 2013-14
TechOnline India; April 4, 2013

The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body, representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) and Semiconductor industry today announced their Executive Council for the year 2013 – 14. The new Chairman would be Mr. Sanjeev Keskar, Managing Director Sales, India & SEA, PMC-Sierra.

PVG Menon would continue as President, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA). Ashok Chandak, Senior Director - Global Sales and Marketing NXP Semiconductors India will be the new Vice Chairman and Vivek Tyagi, Country Sales Director, Freescale Semiconductor will continue as Treasurer for this tenure as well. Satya Gupta, Immediate Past Chairman and CEO, Concept-2-Silicon Systems, would continue on the Executive Council in his capacity as Advisor

“Indian Electronics Industry Needs To Focus On R&D Activities"
Source:; April 4, 2013

Indian electronics industry needs to focus on strengthening their R&D activities to compete and grow in the global market, said Chhagan Bhujbal, minister of public works and tourism, Govt. of Maharashtra. Bhujbal was present as a chief guest at Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) Workshop organised by CEAMA on 22 February, 2013, in Mumbai, with support from Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).

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