MNC R&D Hubs Hire More In 2013
Source: Business World; November 16, 2013
Sustained hiring growth and falling attriton rates characterised
India's MNC and R&D centres in 2013, according to a study by Zinnov, a
leading globalisation advisory and management consulting firm.
The Zinnov report on ‘Attrition, Hiring and Salary Increase 2013’
found that depreciating rupee value has contributed positively in
offsetting macroeconomic challenges.
According to the report, India currently hosts 1,031 MNC R&D centers,
growing at ~4 per cent year or year, with an overall employment base
of 2,44,000 growing at ~11 per cent year on year. It also stated that
of this talent pool, ~59 per cent is employed in Software,
Telecommunication and Semiconductor verticals. Software companies
alone employ ~35 per cent of the total R&D talent present in India.
Microsoft to become one of world’s leading chip buyers on Nokia
Source: CIOL; November 18, 2013
With its upcoming acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft Corp. is set to
become one of the world's Top 10 original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
semiconductor buyers, and will rank among the leading purchasers of
microchips for wireless applications.
Microsoft, in 2014, is expected to become the eighth-largest OEM chip
buyer, according to the Semiconductor Design and Spend Analysis
service of IHS Inc. This is up from No. 13 this year and 15th place in
New lab at IITB
Source: Education Times;
November 18, 2013
Indian Iinstitute of Technology- Bombay and Agilent Technologies Inc,
a global measurement and technology company, recently inaugurated a
device characterisation lab that students will be able to use as part
of their research and educational programme.
The Agilent-IIT Device Characterisation Lab, a DC/RF lab, has been set
up under IITB’s Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN) and will
facilitate students to conduct research in the field. The lab
instruments, which the college will acquire from Agilent, include the
company’s B1500A semiconductor device analyser, PNA-X (43.5 GHz)
network analyser, PXA (44 GHz) signal analyser, power meter and
sensor, digital signal oscilloscope and a pulse generator
electrode developed, promises unprecedented battery life
Source: NDTV.com; November 18, 2013
In a first, scientists have invented a battery electrode that heals
itself, paving way for next generation of long-lasting batteries for
electric cars, cell phones and other electronic devices.
The self-healing electrode is made from silicon microparticles that
are widely used in the semiconductor and solar cell industry.
The secret behind the invention is a stretchy polymer that coats the
electrode, binds it together and spontaneously heals tiny cracks that
develop during battery operation, according to Stanford University
researchers and colleagues.
imec Offers fab
related services to Indian customers of TSMC
Engineering Herald; November 18, 2013
Imec has extended cooperation agreement with TSMC to offer full mask
tape out and wafer production to Indian fabless semiconductor
companies, system and design houses. Imec says the TSMC customers in
India will gain enhanced technical support and fast access to TSMC
foundry services through the new collaborative agreement with imec.
For prototyping of the designed ASICs, customers can access TSMC
Cybershuttle services through imec. In addition Customer-Owned Tooling
(COT) services are available, such as access to TSMC technology files,
library licenses, design support, GDSII submission, and preparation
for production. Imec also offers its own digital backend design
services and has extensive experience in qualification, packaging,
test, and failure and yield analysis to further facilitate the process
of bringing qualified ASIC solutions to the market.
GMR in race to set up
Source: Business Standard;
November 19, 2013
Infrastructure behemoth GMR Group has shown interest in setting up a
semiconductor fabrication unit (fab) — a complex technology project
costing about Rs 25,000 crore, out of which 40 per cent is sponsored
by the Centre. According to two officials aware of the matter, GMR has
approached the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEIT)
and is currently looking to partner technology companies interested in
GMR’s entry into the race could queer the pitch for its corporate
rival Jaypee Associates and home-grown chip firm Hindustan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (HSMC), which have been in the
fray to set up fab units since 2011. Jaypee and HSMC were given the
‘in-principle’ approval by the Cabinet in September this year to build
two fab units in the country, costing upwards of Rs 50,000 crore.
Engineering, Marketing and Sales Organization in India to Support
Source: Moneylife; November
Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions
differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today
announced the opening of a new 45,000-square-foot facility in
Hyderabad, India. The new building houses more than 155 employees
including engineering teams, marketing, and a global customer and
applications service center that provides support for the company's
products. The new building is located on the 12th and 13th floors of
Kapil Towers- IT Park, Survey No. 115/1, Nanakramguda, Serilingampally
Mandal, Hyderabad 500032, Andhra Pradesh, India.
1,700 acres reserved
for knowledge park in SAS Nagar
Source: Hindustan Times (Chandigarh);
November 20, 2013
Punjab information technology minister Adaish Partap Singh Kairon said
here on Tuesday that there was a need to allow the development of
world-class campuses to fulfil requirements of information technology
(IT), information technology and enabled services (ITES), knowledge
and electronics hardware industry.
He said this while chairing a session with IT industry
representatives, including Confederation of Indian Industry ( CII)
members, to discuss IT, ITES and electronic manufacturing policy
initiatives of the state IT department.
Gartner Bullish on
Network-on-Chip Technology, Names Arteris as the Leader
Source: IT News Online;
November 20, 2013
Arteris, Inc., the inventor and leading supplier of silicon-proven
commercial network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect IP solutions, today
announced that analyst firm Gartner, Inc. gave network-on-chip
technology a "high" benefit rating in its 2013 Hype Cycle for
Semiconductors and Electronics Technologies report. The annual review
represents Gartner's view of some of the most interesting and
significant semiconductor and electronics technologies. These
technologies are considered underlying enablers for applications
including PCs, mobile devices and servers. The report reflects the
views of Gartner's analysts as well as industry input
Turning India into
World’s R&D Center
SSource: Data Quest;
November 20, 2013
India has moved fast towards establishing itself as a global
powerhouse in software. Software and applications and embedded
software are an integral part of any electronics product-and growth in
these is playing a crucial role in propelling more R&D in hardware in
India. For several years, R&D centers were located within the confines
of the home country, however this gradually expanded into countries
like India with the aim of being close to the newer markets,
availability of talent and cost. The increasing number of R&D
facilities in India is reassuring global faith in India as an R&D
centre, what with GE, Intel, Microsoft, Philips, Siemens, and Xerox
having their centers here.
Upper-, mid-end consumer electronics drive growth
Source: Business Standard; November 20, 2013
This Diwali season, sales of 40-inch flat-panel television sets,
300-litre frost-free refrigerators and eight-kg semi-automatic washing
machines surprised Hemant Shah, owner of an electronics store in the
Santacruz suburb here.
“The bulk of my business came from these categories,” he says. “While
I had all the necessary elements in place — a helpful sales staff,
easy financing options, and discounts and offers to lure consumers — I
was a bit sceptical as to whether sale of big-ticket items would take
off, given the slowdown stories I’d been reading in newspapers.”
Sri city out to woo auto, electronics cos
Source: The New Indian Express; November 20, 2013
Sri City Pvt Ltd, a multi-product SEZ promoted by a clutch of private
equity investors, on Wednesday said it was focusing on automotive and
electronic firms for its next level of business.
“We are already in talks with Japanese players for an electronic park.
They (Japanese firms) are looking for investors and partners,” said
Ravindra Sannareddy, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sri City.
With a land bank of over 6,500 acres in Chittoor, including 2,000
acres SEZ, Sri City currently has 100 customers and expects to rope in
another 200 in next 3-4 years.
The existing 100 customers are expected to invest nearly `12,500 crore
and generate more than 20,000 jobs. The three major units — Cadbury’s,
Isuzu, and Pepsi — together have announced `5,500 crore investment and
created 3,250 jobs.
Need to develop an ecosystem for semiconductor sector
Source: Economic Times; November 22, 2013
Semiconductor chips are inside everything that underpins modern life,
say, cellphones, automobiles, refrigerators, planes and power plants.
An alien race bent on destroying modern life on earth merely has to
disable everything electronic. While an alien invasion may be far
fetched, the monopoly of a small number of countries manufacturing
semiconductor products could be quite dangerous.
This is one of the reasons the department of electronics and IT has
proposed a policy to encourage semiconductor.
Intel CEO says contract manufacturing business to expand
Source: Manorama Online English; November 22, 2013
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said on Thursday he planned to expand his
company's small contract manufacturing business, paving the way for
more chipmakers to tap into the world's most advanced process
With Intel far behind rivals in making chips for smartphones and
tablets, many on Wall Street have urged the company to expand its
contract manufacturing business, which currently contributes little to
its overall revenue, and to open its factories to high-volume clients
making mobile chips.
Centre's nod for electronic parks
Source: The Times Of India; November 22, 2013
The state government has received in-principle nod from the department
of electronics and information technology of the Union government to
set up electronic software manufacturing clusters at Infopark and
Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) land
in Kochi. The government plans to start the clusters under the
public-private partnership (PPP) model.
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