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Tech lobbies divided on PMA policy
Source: The Times Of India; November 1, 2013

Technology lobbies pulling in different directions on a policy that seeks to encourage local manufacturing of electronic devices has the government caught in the middle.

The policy dividing the technology industry relates to preferential market access which creates a market for locally manufactured electronic goods. And at loggerheads are technology services lobby Nasscom, hardware makers lobby Manufacturing Association for Information Technology and the Indian Electronic and Semiconductor Association.

"We are happy with the government's decision of considering PMA for their procurement, but we need more support to bring that multiplier effect," said PVG Menon, president, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association, which has been pushing hard for a local electronics manufacturing ecosystem.

Here is a FAB opportunity
Source: The Hindu; November 4, 2013

With the government unleashing new measures to improve the local semiconductor industry and also planning to set up a fabrication plant, opportunities abound for students in the electronics field.

Student interest in electronics engineering is high, but very often graduates had to be content with a limited choice of employers related to their core subject. The situation is likely to change, after recent government policy measures in the electronics and semiconductor field including the decision to set up a fabrication plant (fab). Among them, the National Policy on Electronics (NPE), recently approved by the government, aims to achieve a turnover in electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) of about $ 400 billion by 2020 involving an investment of about $100 billion.

India needs 15 chip makers. Any takers?
Source: Wnformation Week; November 4, 2013

At long last, the government of India has managed to convince two international consortia to set up chip fabrication units in the country. Giving in to the worldwide trend of offering huge subsidies and incentives to have chips designed domestically, the federal government has made an USD 8 billion investment and even offered to pick up a 11 percent stake in each of these entities.

State governments are vying with one another to house the factories. Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Prantij in Gujarat have bagged the plum projects.

Global Semiconductor Industry Posts Highest-Ever Monthly and Quarterly Sales
Source: The Telegraph; November 5, 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $80.92 billion during the third quarter of 2013, the industry's highest-ever quarterly total and an increase of 8.4 percent over the second quarter total of $74.64 billion. Global sales for the month of September 2013 reached $26.97 billion, the highest monthly total ever and an increase of 8.7 percent compared to September 2012. Sales in the Americas increased by 24.3 percent compared to September 2012, while global sales this September were 3.3 percent higher than the previous month's total of $26.10 billion. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

STMicroelectronics’ Chips Selected by MitraStar Technology for Newest Set-Top Boxes from Kbro Broadband
Source: APN News; November 5, 2013

STMicroelectronics a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics stm STMicroelectronics Chips Selected by MitraStar Technology for Newest Set Top Boxes from Kbro Broadbandapplications, today announced that MitraStar Technology, the world leader in the networking DMS (Design and Manufacturing Service) industry, has selected ST’s STiH273 system-on-chip to produce set-top boxes (STBs) for Kbro Broadband, one of Taiwan’s largest cable television operators. ST’s highly-integrated, secure and optimized HD cable chipset is set to accelerate Taiwan’s transition to digital TV.

Chip makers get time till Nov 25 to submit fabrication unit plans
Source: The Economic Times; November 6, 2013

Government has extended the last date for submission of Expression of Interest (EoI) by chip manufacturers to November 25, giving companies more time to file initial papers to set up fabrication units in the country.

The earlier deadline was November 6, 2013, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeiTY) said in a statement.

LED backlighting to reach 90 percent penetration in LCD TVs in 2013
Source: CIOL; November 6, 2013

With LED backlighting technology approaching the saturation point in the liquid-crystal display (LCD) television panel market this year, suppliers of light-emitting diodes are turning their attention to the new growth opportunity in the fast-expanding lighting segment.

The proportion of LCD TV panels that use LEDs for backlighting is set to reach 90 percent in 2013, according to the new report entitled "Q3 2013 GaN LED Supply and Demand" from IHS Inc. Of a total of 231 million LCD TV panels forecast to be shipped during 2013, 207 will use LED backlighting, with the remainder utilizing the older cold-cathode fluorescent lamp technology.

Chipmaker TowerJazz expects rise in sales
Source: The Times Of India; November 6, 2013

Israeli circuit maker TowerJazz said it expects sales to rise in the fourth quarter and next year as demand for chips used in tablets and mobile phones grows.

The company, which makes chips used in smartphones such as Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy, as well as battery chargers and AC/DC adapters, said it has seen a rise in orders for building customers' designs in the first nine months of 2013 compared with the year-ago period.

IBM says will `aggressively` contest India tax demand
Source: Zee News; November 6, 2013

The local unit of US technology services giant IBM said Wednesday it will "aggressively defend itself" through legal means against an Indian tax demand for a reported USD 865 million.

The Indian unit of IBM declined to say how much tax authorities were seeking, but local media have said the company has been told to pay 54 billion rupees (USD 865 million) in arrears for allegedly under-reporting its 2008-2009 earnings.

Wipro flies away with Rs 900-cr IAF deal
Source: The Hindu Business Line; November 7, 2013

The Indian Air Force has dished out an over Rs 900-crore contract to software services company Wipro to electronically monitor and automate the management of its fleet, said Air Marshal P. Kanakaraj, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command.

“As part of this project, all maintenance activities done on our aircraft will be electronically captured. It is a dashboard sort of system which will replace the old system of manual logbooks. The endeavour is to go completely paperless,” Kanakaraj told Business Line.

The multi-year project — e-Maintenance Management System— will help the IAF quickly mobilise its fleet in case of a war-like situation, said Kanakaraj, who was here on Thursday.With none of the players coming forward within the set timeframe, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeiTY), was compelled to allow time till November 25 for prospective companies from the earlier deadline of November 6.

Constant shift from magnetic strip banking cards to chip cards: ST
Source: CIOL; November 7, 2013

STMicroelectronics is a well known name in the global semiconductor circles. It is also a major player in the Indian smart card segment.

Here, Deepak Agarwal, senior manager, Techinical Marketing, Secure Micros, STMicroelectronics India, throws some light on the Smart Card technology in India in an interview with CIOL. Excerpts

IOL: India has seen exponential growth in Smart Card technology applications during recent years. What's your take on it?

Deepak Agarwal: An unprecedented growth in India's population has simultaneously augmented the use of various devices. This, in turn, has raised a lot of questions on security of data across the sectors. With various government e-initiatives and considering the welfare of citizens, have turned out to be the key factors that made smart card prominent in India.

Project report for electronic hub by next month
Source: The Times Of India; November 8, 2013

The Bengal government is likely to submit the preliminary detailed project report for the Naihati electronic manufacturing cluster (EMC) by next month. The state government, which has already selected transaction advisers for the project, will start looking for the anchor investor after the proposal is submitted.

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

Applied Materials Chairman Mike Splinter Awarded Semiconductor Industry's Highest Honor
Source: Jacksonville Business Journal; November 8, 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that Mike Splinter, former CEO and current executive chairman of the board of directors at Applied Materials, has been named the 2013 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made significant contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology or public policy.

'Little Taiwan' will come up in Bangalore
Source: The New Indian Express; November 8, 2013

With Karnataka rolling out the red carpet for the Taiwanese, India’s first country-specific industrial hub will emerge in Bangalore soon.

The state government has already allotted land near Devanahalli, on the outskirts of Bangalore, for the proposed Taiwan Hardware Park. A world-famous software hub, Bangalore is keen on catching up in hardware too. Taiwan is the global giant in hardware manufacturing and is expected to help Bangalore take a big leap in that sector.

Telecom department plans incentives to attract Rs 8.74 lakh-crore FDI
Source: The Economic Times; November 8, 2013

The government is likely to formulate an incentive package to attract Rs 8,74,200 crore ($141 billion, approximately) of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the telecom sector, over 50% of which is proposed in the products manufacturing space.

The move follows an internal Planning Commission estimate that nearly 93% of the Rs 9,43,899 crore ($152 billion, approximately) projected investment requirement in telecom sector during the 12th Plan (2012-17) will have to be shouldered by private telecom companies.

Compiled by IESA Research

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