IESA WINWire Nov 23 - Nov 29 2013
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IEEE approves standard for PLC and smart-grid apps
Source: CIOL; November 23, 2013

IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, has approved the IEEE 1901.2 "Standard for Low-Frequency (less than 500kHz) Narrowband Power-Line Communications for Smart-Grid Applications."

The achievement has been driven and is sponsored by the Power-Line Communications Standards Committee of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).

Preferential market access for private sector in advanced stages
Source:; November 23, 2013

The preferential market access (PMA) policy, which mandates sourcing of sensitive telecom and electronic equipments and technology from domestic equipment makers is in advanced stages, a top official from Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY) said on Friday.

"DEITY's proposal on PMA for domestic manufacturers is in very advanced stages and we will soon send it for government's approval," DEITY Secretary J Satyanarayana told reporters on the sidelines on an event here.

State Govt Has Reserved 1700 Acres For Knowledge Park At Mohali: Minister
Source:; November 23, 2013

Out of the 1700 acres, 40 acres was earmarked for the development of the electronics system design manufacturing (ESDM) cluster as per a central scheme.

1700 acres, 40 acres was earmarked for the development of the electronics system design manufacturing (ESDM) cluster as per a central scheme .

Centre Approves Electronic Parks For Kerala
Source:; November 23, 2013

The Union government has given its nod to the Kerala state government to set up electronics software manufacturing clusters. The state has reportedly received an in-principal approval from the department of electronics and information technology to set up electronic parks at Infopark and Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) land in Kochi. The government has plans to establish the clusters under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

India needs a robust electronic device manufacturing ecosystem
Source: Indian Express; November 25, 2013

Even as the country is trying to bring in semiconductor fabrication plants to India, the industry has been undergoing a transformation with the explosion of electronic devices. For these electronic products increasingly, a lot of intelligence built by embedded software companies are being added that makes them more efficient. The amount of software which is getting into these chips has kind of transformed beyond recognition and most of this work globally is outsourced to India.

According to Zinnov, the Indian embedded engineering R&D and product engineering services, has grown three times from less than $5 billion in 2009 to $15 billion in 2012. And the industry has been on a upswing because of the number of devices getting into the market and the chip companies are doing well. Predominant part of this is coming from the R&D development centres set up by the global majors.

Jalandhar to be developed as IT hub
Source: The Times Of India; November 25, 2013

After considering Rupnagar as the next Information technology (IT) destination of Punjab besides Mohali and Amritsar, the government has put its finger on Jalandhar, which will be developed as the next IT destination in collaboration with the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).

New ICT Policy by January: Minister
Source: The Pioneer; November 26, 2013

The much-awaited new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy of the State is likely to be implemented by January next year,” informed Information and Technology Minister Pratap Keshari Deb here.
Addressing a seminar on ‘IT-A growth driver for Odisha’, organised by the Confederation of Information Technology Enterprises (CITE), he said, “The draft policy, which is in its last leg of preparation, will come up either by December this year or January 2014”.

Growth of Semiconductor Market for Major Home Appliances to Nearly Double in 2013
Source: iSuppli; November 26, 2013

Propelled by robust sales of major home appliances, the global market for semiconductors used in these products is expected to see its growth rate rise by nearly double this year compared to 2012, according to a new report from IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).

Total semiconductor revenue for major home appliances will reach an estimated $2.6 billion when the year concludes, up from $2.3 billion in 2012. The market is pegged to grow more than 12 percent this year, almost twice the 6.8 percent rise posted in 2012, as presented in the report entitled “Major Home Appliances – World – 2013 Edition”.

Interview: IIT-Bombay enhances course on IC manufacturing
Source: EE Times India; November 27, 2013

The second edition of the 'Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing course' at IIT-Bombay is all set to start on December 10. This is an enhanced version that comes in the wake of the government approval for setting up two chip fabs in the country. With fabs expected to provide direct employment to around 22,000 people and over one lakh indirect jobs in India, the government, industry as well as the academia feel there's a dire need of creating a talent pool with specialised skillsets in order to enhance employability in this sector.

REFILE-Auto sector adds spark to Japan's electronic components industry
Source: Reuters India; November 27, 2013

Japanese electronic component makers are looking beyond a fickle smartphone market that once lured them with rocketing growth, tying their fortunes more closely to the most resilient of Japan's big industries: automobiles.

Component makers such as Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd and TDK Corp are capitalising on rising demand for electronics like those that make cars safer with automatic braking or less polluting with engine controllers.

Panasonic to sell 3 Japan chip factories to Israel's TowerJazz –sources
Source: Bloomberg; November 27, 2013

Panasonic Corp. (6752) is in talks to sell majority stakes in three chip factories in Japan to Israel’s Tower Semiconductor Ltd., according to a person familiar with the matter.

The plants are likely worth more than 10 billion yen ($99 million), and a final decision may come as soon as next month, the person said, asking to not be identified because the talks are continuing. Most of the 2,500 workers at the factories will move to Tower, while the rest will switch to other roles at Panasonic, the person said.

Samsung to Initiate its ‘Nanum Village’ Project in Baidpura Village, Greater Noida
Source: WebIndia 123; November 27, 2013

Samsung today announced the launch of its ‘Nanum Village’ project in India, with the adoption of Baidpura village near its Noida manufacturing facility. One of the first of its kind CSR initiatives by Samsung in India, the Nanum Village project will see Samsung bringing in several improvements in the infrastructure, health and education facilities in the village.

IT companies may benefit from incentive programme
Source: ToI; November 28, 2013

The government will relax eligibility criteria to allow more firms to take advantage of a Rs 10,000-crore incentive programme that offers refund of up to a quarter of the money spent on expanding electronic manufacturing facilities.

Compiled by IESA Research

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