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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 acquisition
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 2012.

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

Self-healing battery electrode developed, promises unprecedented battery life
Source:; 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
Source: Electronics 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 semiconductor unit
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 the project.

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.

Microsemi Expands Engineering, Marketing and Sales Organization in India to Support Growth
Source: Moneylife; November 20, 2013

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 technology.

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.

Compiled by IESA Research

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