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Govt Gets 12 Proposals Worth Rs 50 Billion Under M-SIPS
Source:; May 27, 2013

The proposals worth more than over Rs 50 billion are from telecom equipment, consumer electronics, solar panels, LED manufacturing and semiconductor assembly-test-mark-pack companies.

The Government has reportedly received 12 investment proposals under a scheme designed to boost domestic and global investments in the electronics manufacturing sector. These proposals worth more than over Rs 50 billion have been received from both Indian and global companies, said a Business Line report.

2013 growth to offset semiconductor sales drop of 2012
Source: EE Times India; May 27, 2013

International Data Corp.'s (IDC) Semiconductor Application Forecaster (SAF) stated that the global semiconductor revenues decreased by 2.2 per cent year over year (YoY) to $295 billion in 2012. The second half of 2012 was not good for the IC industry due to the weak consumer spending across PCs, mobile phones, and digital television.

Vodafone has agreed to invest billions of dollars more: Sibal
Source: The Pioneer; May 27, 2013

Notwithstanding its taxation issues, British telecom major Vodafone is going to invest billions of dollars in India, according to Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal who feels that foreign investors are back in mood to invest in the country.

Sibal said investors’ renewed confidence to pump money in India’s telecom sector is due to the new policy that has a clear roadmap for next 20 years.

Broadcom announces first 5G Wi-Fi combo chips
Source: Voice & data Online; May 27, 2013

Broadcom, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications today introduced its first 5G Wi-Fi combination chips.

Havas Media bags Simmtronics biz worth Rs 50 cr
Source: Business Standard; May 27, 2013

Simmtronics, the tablet manufacturer company, has awarded its media duties to Havas Media India. The account size is pegged at about Rs 50 crores.

Indrajit Sabharwal, MD, Simmtronics said, “We have very aggressive plans for the year and wanted a like-minded partner on board. It was a tough fight between equally competent agencies. Havas Media’s response, the understanding of our brief, the customised media solution recommended and their passion for our business was something we were looking for.

IXYS buys Samsung's MCU biz
Source: EE Times India; May 28, 2013

IXYS Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics to acquire the Korean electronics company's 4-/8bit microcontroller business. The acquisition is said to be worth approximately Rs.268.82 crore ($50 million). The acquisition will give IXYS nearly 80 products, inventories, intellectual property.

Defence production needs FDI
Source: The Hindu; May 28, 2013

Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, has been heading the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) since September 2009. Starting his career with DRDO in 1972 with development of India’s first Liquid Propulsion Engine, DEVIL, he has devoted a lifetime in developing defence technologies. A doctorate in propulsion engineering from Osmania University, he established facilities for design, production and testing of engines and relevant technologies for the missile applications.

Global Semiconductor Leaders Reach Agreement on Plan to Strengthen Industry through International Cooperation
Source: IT News Online; May 28, 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that global semiconductor industry leaders reached an agreement at the 17th annual meeting of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) last week on a set of policy initiatives to strengthen the industry through international cooperation. The WSC is a worldwide body of semiconductor industry executives from China, Chinese Taipei, Europe, Japan, Korea and the United States that meets annually to address issues of global concern to the semiconductor industry. Recommendations from this year's meeting – held in Lisbon, Portugal – are outlined in the 2013 WSC Joint Statement.

Global automotive electronics market poised for impressive growth, says IMS Research
Source: TechOnline India; May 28, 2013

The global market for automotive electronics is set to rise to $240 billion in 2020, up more than 50 percent from $157 billion in 2010, driven to new levels of prominence by government and automaker safety initiatives, according to the new report entitled, “The World Market for Automotive OEM Electronic Systems – 2013 Edition,” from IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc. “The massive growth of automotive electronics in the space of a decade reflects the field’s rising importance to the car industry at large, especially as original equipment manufacturers ratify in-vehicle electronics to be an essential selling feature for an automobile,” said, Ben Scott, Automotive Analyst for IHS.

Singapore's electronics sector set to see potential growth
Source: Channel News Asia; May 28, 2013

Singapore's electronics sector is likely to see an upswing in the next few quarters, as the semiconductor cluster shifts from manufacturing chips for traditional PCs to mobile computing devices.

Still, analysts say Singapore has some catching up to do with its North Asian counterparts, who are further ahead in this mobile technology game.
Stats ChipPAC is one such company in the semiconductor industry that is expected to pump an additional S$620 million (US$500 million) over the next three years into packaging chips used for mobile communications.

Interview with Dr Lakshminath Dondeti, Director, Engineering, Technical Standards, Qualcomm India
Source:; May 28, 2013

US-based Qualcomm has been engaged in developing a conducive ecosystem for technologies like 3G, EVDO, HSPA and long term evolution (LTE). In an interview with, Dr Lakshminath Dondeti, director, engineering, technical standards, Qualcomm India, talks about the company’s focus on 3G and LTE, its initiatives to drive mobile broadband growth and future plans.

States asked to identify land to set up electronic clusters
Source: Business Line; May 29, 2013

Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday asked the States to earmark land for setting up clusters for manufacturing electronic hardware under the ‘National Policy on Electronics (NPE) 2012’.

At a roundtable meeting with the States’ IT and industry ministers, Sibal said there was a need to frame policy in tandem with the Central policy so that there is no delay in implementation of the policy.

Cement as a semiconductor
Source: Electronics News; May 29, 2013

ELECTRONICS made from cement could be a reality in the future, as scientists from the US, Japan, Finland and Germany unravelled the formula for turning liquid cement into liquid metal.

The researchers demonstrated a unique way to change liquid cement into a metallic-glass material. This material resists corrosion better than traditional metal, is less brittle than traditional glass, is electrically conductive, exhibits low energy loss in magnetic fields, and has the fluidity for ease of processing and moulding.

China hacks into US advanced weapons systems designs...
Source: Financial Express; May 29, 2013

Chiniese hackers have accesed designs of many of America’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems, including programmes critical to missile defences, a US report has said.

According to a report prepared for the Pentagon, among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programmes critical to US missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships.

Intel buys GPS mobile unit from ST-Ericsson
Source: EE Times India; May 30, 2013

ST-Ericsson, a dead joint venture of STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, has sold its GPS mobile business to Intel Corp.In a press release, STMicroelectronis stated that ST-Ericsson is selling the assets and intellectual property rights (IPR) associated with its mobile connectivity global navigation satellite system (GNSS) business.

Source:; May 30, 2013

Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology Kapil Sibal today said investment of 100 billion dollars is needed in Electronic Manufacturing Industry.

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