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Over the years the Technovation awards have set quality standards for
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India’s best individual contributors and organizations that drive the
industry forward; and provide them with a platform to showcase their
achievements and product successes. Nominations open till October 15,
2013. Nomination Form available on IESA Technovation Website. Click on
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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
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
Samsung's Success Run
Continues With High Profits
Source: Indiatimes; October
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
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.
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
"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."
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.
Invites EoI For Setting Up More Semiconductor Fabs
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
Eindiadiary.com; 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 (www.deity.gov.in).
Entities fulfilling the requirements may respond in the prescribed
format, within a period of four weeks.
recognition as leader in Global R&D Service
Source: VAR India; October
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.
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: Livemint.com; 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
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
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