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IDC: Worldwide semiconductor revenues will grow 4.9% and reach $319 billion in 2013
Source: TechOnline India; March 8, 2013

GDP growth has slowed in China, India, and Brazil but still demand for smartphones, tablets, and automotive electronics remains strong.

Semiconductor revenues worldwide will see nominal growth this year at less than 1% reaching $304 billion according to the year-end 2012 update of the International Data Corporation (IDC) Semiconductor Applications Forecaster (SAF). The SAF also forecasts that semiconductor revenues will improve by 4.9% to $319 billion in 2013 and log a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% from 2011-2016, reaching $368 billion in 2016.

The services on smartphones will be our differentiator: Nokia India head
Source: Business Line; March 8, 2013

Democratisation of Internet and data is happening and we are at the forefront of making that happen.

Finnish handset maker Nokia has had a tough time taking on competition from the likes of Samsung and Apple.

Govt in talks to set up chip fabrication units
Source:; March 11, 2013

After India missed the bus on semiconductor chip manufacturing and has been forced to try and catch up, the country is trying to make sure it doesn’t lose a similar opportunity with so-called large area electronics.

These are non-silicon chips that can be printed on flexible materials as diverse as plastic, paper, textiles or even metal foil, and can be up to a few metres in size.

Auto infotainment IC space loses momentum in 2013
Source: EE Times India; March 11, 2013

The automotive industry will not be as robust as last year. The IHS Automotive Market Tracker Report sees the semiconductor market lose momentum due to a slowdown in the aftermarket and portable navigation device (PND) segments.

Samsung-Sharp: Where eagles dare deal
Source: Deccan Herald; March 11, 2013

For 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.

Silicon technologies for 2013
Source: TechOnline India; March 11, 2013
Power and sensor categories of silicon technology will have a dramatic impact on all electronics in 2013 and probably far into the future.

Vivek Sharma, Regional Vice President, Greater China and South Asia-India Operations and Director –India Design Center- STMicroelectronics.

Moore's Law trumped by Wright's Law
Source: TechOnline India; March 11, 2013

When it comes to predicting the future, Moore's Law has been a time-worn bell-weather. But did you know its just one of several competing laws with names like Sinclair-Klepper-Cohen's, Goddard's and Wright's Law?

Recently researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) compared the accuracy of each competing law in both its short- and long-term predictions. MIT claims their findings will improve the accuracy of future predictions about technological change, candidate technologies and policies for global change.

Taiwan Semiconductor, Hon Hai to add 10,000 jobs: Report
Source: The Times Of India; March 11, 2013

TAIPEI: TSMC, the world's top contract chip maker, and Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision are adding 5,000 new staff as the technology industry picks up, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

TSMC and Hon Hai posted the recruitment notices at an event designed for Taiwan university students who will graduate this year, the Economic Daily said, adding that Hon Hai's planned hiring is the biggest of its kind in recent years.

China's semiconductor imports exceed $160B, industry still nascent
Source: ZDNet; March 11, 2013

China is over-reliant on imported goods for its semiconductor industry, and local chip companies supply only about 10 percent of its domestic needs as they remain in the development stage despite years of investments.

China's yearly spending on semiconductor imports exceed US$160 billion, and is a heavy burden on the development of the local industry.

A Xinhua report Tuesday said China's yearly spending on semiconductor imports such as equipment and raw materials surpasses US$160 billion, which is more than its spending on petroleum goods. This is despite the country being the largest consumer of semiconductor products, it added.

Industrial growth to recover somewhat over next fiscal: CRISIL
Source: My Iris; March 12, 2013

India's industrial production, as represented by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), expands 2.4% in January 2013 above market expectations of 1.

...more, zero customs duty on import of plant and machinery for semiconductor wafer fab manufacturing, setting up of 2 more industrial corridor etc ...

Splurging Global Consumer Electronics Market
Source: See Nation; March 12, 2013

The global consumer electronics market has witnessed rapid strides over the years. The market boasts of rapid expansion and is home to a wide array of products ranging from TVs, telecom equipments, home appliances, audio and video products and others. With the advent of globalization, the sales of consumer electronics products have risen, fostered by the diffusion of global boundaries. According to RNCOS’ latest report, “Global Consumer Electronics Market Outlook 2015”, the global consumer electronics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 10% during 2012-2015.

Looking Ahead to 2013
Source: Chip Design; March 12, 2013

2012 has been a tough year for the semiconductor industry and supplier industries like semiconductor intellectual property (IP), with a projected semiconductor sales decline of 3% below 2011’s results

After Cosmic Circuits, Cadence agrees to buy Tensilica
Source: EE Times India; March 13, 2013

EDA firm Cadence Design Systems, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire an IP core company Tensilica, Inc. for Rs.2,043.01 crore ($380 million).Tensilica offers dataplane processor IP core licensing with over 200 licensees.

ELCINA setting up ESDM cluster at Sri City
Source: EE Times India; March 15, 2013

ELCINA (Electronic Industries Association of India) has signed an agreement to set up an electronic hardware manufacturing cluster at Sri City, South India’s largest integrated business that consists of a special economic zone.

ELCINA said it will come up with an ESDM cluster at Sri City, under the Government scheme.

Under the agreement, this cluster will allow ELCINA members and other manufacturers to set up electronic hardware facilities to cater to the domestic and export market.

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