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IISc is partnering with semiconductor firm Analog Devices to spur innovation in research and development (R&D)
Source: Education News India; October 5, 2013

Bangalore: Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is partnering with semiconductor firm Analog Devices to spur innovation in research and development (R&D) of micro-electro-mechanical systems (Mems) and nano science.

As Indian subsidiary of the US-based major in signal-processing, Analog will be one of the premier scince institute's industry affiliate programme at the centre for nano science and engineering (CeNSE).

"As a partner of CeNSE, we will provide product focus to researchers and aim for closer ties to co-design and co-develop leading edge industry solutions," Analog India managing director Som Pal Choudhury said in a statement here Wednesday.

Nasscom summit a platform to outshine India's capability in engg R&D
Source: Daily News & Analysis; October 6, 2013

India is one of the first choices worldwide, when it comes to research and development (R&D) of engineering technologies, says National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) vice president (industry initiatives) KS Viswanathan in an interview with dna.

Samsung's Success Run Continues With High Profits
Source: Indiatimes; October 7, 2013

Operating profit at Samsung Electronics hit another record high in the July-September quarter, likely driven by robust sales of its cheaper mid-range smartphones in developing countries.

The maker of Galaxy smartphones said that its third-quarter operating income rose 25% over a year earlier to 10.1 trillion won ($9.4 billion). The result was slightly better than the market expectation of $9.3 billion, according to FactSet, a financial data provider.

Third-quarter sales increased 13% to a record high of 59 trillion won ($55 billion).

Wafer shipment forecast to remain flat in 2013
Source: EE Times India; October 7, 2013

SEMI has released a report that gives the annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. The results show polished and epitaxial silicon shipments reaching 8,876 million square inches in 2013; 9,230 million square inches in 2014; and 9,684 million square inches in 2015.

eInfochips doubles Pune facility for product engineering services
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; October 7, 2013

eInfochips inaugurated its new facility in Magarpatta City, Pune. The new facility will predominantly focus on Product Design,System on Chip (SoC) solutions and VLSI engineering.

Today, when the global market is circumspect, this is a strong commitment by eInfochips on aggressive growth plans.

Pratul Shroff, founder and CEO of eInfochips said: "It is a proud moment us -we have doubled our Pune Design Center capacity in space, and look forward to adding to our team in line with it. Pune has an immense talent ecosystem to deliver the top-notch quality of development projects our clients entrust us with.

Mainland China IC production reaching 31.9 percent of IC consumption in 2013
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; October 8, 2013

Massive investments in China's semiconductor industry is paying off as internal production is making inroads on demand, according to the report "Mainland China's Semiconductor and Equipment Markets: A Complete Analysis of Technical, Economic and Political Issues"

China's IC industry is expanding rapidly. In 2012 Mainland China produced 86 billion ICs, which accounted for 31.1 percent of domestic demand as a result of massive building programs and the weak economy. In comparison, Mainland China produced only 24.3 percent five years ago.

"In concert with fab building worldwide, growth in the number of fabs in China were for LED production," says Dr. Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network. "China's IC capacity increased only 2 percent in 2012."

Global companies leveraging engineering R&D in India: Som Mittal
Source: The Times Of India; October 9, 2013

Nasscom president Som Mittal speaks to TOI about the challenges that Indian engineering R&D (ER&D) companies are facing in terms of technology and talent. Excerpts:
How is the ER&D scene in India and the challenges it poses?

Indian ER&D is acknowledged as global research center. The country is fast emerging as an engineering and design hub and houses over 750 engineering and engineering services companies. Many of the global corporations are now leveraging the ER&D activities in India to move closer to emerging markets. However, certain challenges grip the ER&D space and require immediate redressal. India needs to sustain its cost competitiveness and fill its absence of linkages to manufacturing capabilities. Also, lack of a formal innovation policy and supporting ecosystem will pose a threat to the budding engineering landscape. Collaborative action is required to ensure future growth as ER&D is strategic to India and has the potential to bring a steep change in the Indian economy.

EXCLUSIVE: Govt Invites EoI For Setting Up More Semiconductor Fabs
Source:; October 9, 2013

After giving a nod to the proposal for setting up of two semiconductor manufacturing units in the country, the Government of India has again invited Expression of Interest from technology providers and investors for setting up a semiconductor fab in the country to boost domestic electronics manufacturing and to cater to the growing demand in the electronics sector. This will help in reducing the import of electronics products in the country.

Govt to apprise FAB for setting up of Semiconductor Wafer Fabrication (FAB) Manufacturing Facilities
Source:; October 9, 2013

The Government of India has decided to apprise all semiconductor wafer fabrication (FAB) manufacturers of the quantum of subsidy/ other benefits/ support being offered for establishing FAB manufacturing facilities in India. This is being done in the light of the fact that the Government of India has accorded ‘in principle’ approval for establishing two FAB manufacturing facilities in the country.

The technical requirements, the structure of incentives, the requirement of equity structure and other terms are indicated in the format for Expression of Interest (EoI) available on the website of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology ( Entities fulfilling the requirements may respond in the prescribed format, within a period of four weeks.

Infosys gets recognition as leader in Global R&D Service
Source: VAR India; October 9, 2013

As per an update, Zinnov has positioned Infosys Engineering Services as a Leader in its Global Service Provider Ratings (GSPR) 2013. The study recognizes Infosys Engineering Services as a Leader across Aerospace, Automotive, Telecommunications, Consumer Electronics, Energy, Enterprise Software and Consumer Software segments. Moreover, the ability to scale up competence across verticals through a strong training engine for engineering R&D, in the form of the Infosys Engineering Academy, gives the company a definite edge.

Cadence announces winners of Design Contest at CDNLive India 2013
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; October 9, 2013

CDNLive 2013 concluded with the announcement of the winners of the Cadence India Design Contest for 2013. The eighth edition of the competition saw stiff competition from over 45 colleges and universities for both the Master's and Bachelor's categories.

The Indian Institute of Science won in the Master's category for their project titled "Low-Power Biomedical Platform" followed by IIIT Allahabad as the runner-up for their paper titled "A Low Power Asynchronous SAR ADC Using 180nm CMOS Technology."

India plans 17.5% duty on wireless equipment to dissuade imports
Source:; October 10, 2013

To encourage domestic manufacturing of information technology (IT) products and reduce India’s import dependency, the government may impose customs duty up to 17.5% on certain wireless telecommunication equipment used for third and fourth generation mobile networks.

India is a signatory to the first Information Technology Agreement (ITA-1) under the World Trade Organization, under which customs duty was abolished on many technology products.

Govt. steps over wetland that is holding up electronics park
Source: The Hindu; October 11, 2013

With legal hurdles in land acquisition dragging the proposed electronics and hardware park at Amballur near Piravom, it has been decided to give up wetland from the 350 acres identified for the project.

This will effectively cut down the extent of land by more than half to 125 acres. Anoop Jacob, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and Piravom MLA, said the notification for land acquisition would be out shortly.

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