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Korea keen to set up a semiconductor city in Gujarat
Source:; October 12, 2013

South Korea has expressed keen interest in setting up a Semiconductor City Gujarat.

South Korean Ambassador to India Lee Joongyu, who met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi here yesterday, explored the areas of mutual co-operation and discussed possibility of developing economic, industrial, educational and cultural fields between Korea and Gujarat, like Samsung setting up a Semiconductor City here.

Govt. steps over wetland holding up electronics park in Kochi
Source: The Hindu; October 12, 2013

With legal hurdles in land acquisition dragging the proposed electronics and hardware park at Amballur near Piravom, it has been decided to exempt 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.

Pure-play foundries spending big on capital equipment
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; October 13, 2013

Semiconductor capital spending has increased significantly among pure-play foundries as more IDMs shift to a fabless/fab-lite business model and as new foundry participants intensify competition among the old guard.

The total capital outlays by the Big 4 pure-play foundries are forecast to be $16.6 billion in 2013, which would represent 53 percent of their combined sales. This far exceeds the industry average of 18 percent capital-spending-to-sales ratio. The Big 4's capital spending as a percent of "final sales" is forecast to be 24 percent in 2013, still well above industry average.

TV semiconductor market growing despite decline in TV shipments
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; October 13, 2013

Despite a drop in global television unit demand in 2013, the semiconductor market for TVs is forecast to increase by an estimated 7 percent to $13.1 billion, according to data presented in IC Insights' upcoming IC Market Drivers 2014 report.

Technologies such as wireless video connections, networking interfaces, multi-format decoders and LED backlighting have boosted the average semiconductor content in TV sets even as global TV unit shipments are forecast to decline by an estimated 3 percent in 2013, according to the forthcoming report.

TSMC awards Synopsys "Partner of the Year 2013"
Source: CIOL; October 14, 2013

Synopsys Inc. announced that TSMC awarded Synopsys its Open Innovation Platform "Partner of the Year 2013" for joint development of 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET design infrastructure.

The award recognizes Synopsys' broad and deep technical expertise and shared commitment to the development and delivery of TSMC's 16-nm Reference Flow, validated on a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 mobile processor design. The design infrastructure solution from Synopsys includes the Design Compiler, IC Compiler, StarRC, PrimeTime® and IC Validator tools.

Rising trend in technology patents for renewable energy
Source: EE Times India; October 15, 2013

Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) revealed that the number of patents issued for renewable-energy technologies has increased remarkably over the last decade. According to the study, the investments in research and development, as well as in the growth of markets

Go-local policy: DoT drops security sensitive products from list
Source: The Hindu Business Line; October 15, 2013

The Department of Telecom is not giving up on the policy to promote local manufacturing in the telecom sector.

In a fresh note prepared for the consideration of the Cabinet, the DoT has proposed to exclude products identified as sensitive in terms of security, from the ambit of the go-local policy.

The policy was earlier put on hold because there was opposition from the Prime Minister’s Office to linking the manufacturing policy to security concerns in order to get around the guidelines of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which prohibit any form of protectionism.

eInfochips inaugurates 9th design center at NOIDA
Source: Equity Bulls; October 15, 2013

eInfochips has inaugurated its Noida Design Center, a facility that will predominantly focus on VLSI Design, Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC),Physical Design, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) Design and System on Chip (SoC)technologies.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Pratul Shroff, Founder and CEO of eInfochips said, "In VLSI, eInfochips has been at the forefront of companies that have migrated from backend technology operations to front end design. We have outpaced the market for the last 7 years, and have grown at over 30% YoY. This is our 9th Design center in India, as we look to grow from 1000 to 1600 professionals in the next year. Noida has a great talent ecosystem, ideal to fuel our next phase in growth."

Walden’s $100-million fund set to fuel semiconductor startups
Source: The Economic Times; October 16, 2013

Global venture fund Walden International is launching a specialised fund to invest in Indian startups developing software for semiconductors. The $100-million (Rs 610 crore) fund will begin investing later this year and has already identified four startups, two each in Bangalore and Hyderabad.

"We are looking for companies which have innovative solutions to offer in the lowpower consumption space. There are strong laws to protect such IP in India," said Lip Bu Tan, chairman and cofounder of Walden International which manages total assets of $2 billion (Rs 12,206 crore). The new fund, marks a first for the Silicon Valley investment firm, that has in the past backed IT services company Mindtree and business process outsourcing venture, Quatrro in India.

Govt reviews home-first policy for e-goods
Source: Business Standard; October 16, 2013

The government has decided to review the proposed Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy in electronic goods, which seeks to favour domestic equipment makers for government procurement. However, the revised proposal, if accepted, would also not be too favourable to foreign electronics goods makers.

In a note for the Cabinet, reviewed by Business Standard, the ministry of communications and information technology has also proposed that the government approve the part of the policy that reserves 30 per cent of its procurement for domestically manufactured electronic goods.

Cabinet clears revised PMA policy for electronic, telecom equipment
Source:; October 17, 2013

The Cabinet today approved a revised version of the Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy that will apply to the supply of electronic and telecom equipment that has security implications.

“PMA policy which is linked to telecom equipment and other electronic products having security implications has been approved,” a government source said after the Cabinet meeting.

Although the exact details of PMA could not be ascertained, the Prime Minister’s Office in July had asked IT and Telecom Ministry to rework the framework and exempt telecom equipment or other technology products procured by private sector from the policy.

Canon may set up plant in India for exports
Source: The Hindu Business Line; October 17, 2013

Canon India is looking at setting up a manufacturing plant in India. This follows the recent initiatives taken by the Government to establish electronic hardware manufacturing clusters in the country and incentivize manufacturing.

However, the Japan-based company said it will not decide in a hurry, as it wants the facility to also be an export hub. The company, at present, imports 100 per cent of the products it sells in India.

Indian healthcare IT spending to touch $1 billion in 2013: Gartner
Source:; October 17, 2013

Healthcare IT spending in India is expected to increase 7 percent in 2013 over 2012, says a new report from Gartner. Healthcare providers in India will spend $1 billion US Dollars (USD) on IT products and services in 2013, the study said.

IT services, which includes consulting, implementation, IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing, will be the largest overall spending category through 2017. This spending will be spread across categories including hospitals and hospital systems, ambulatory service and physicians’ practices, internal IT (including personnel), hardware, software, external IT services and telecommunications.

Micromax CEO Deepak Mehrotra quits
Source: Telecom Lead; October 17, 2013

Micromax CEO Deepak Mehrotra has resigned. He was with the smartphone vendor for the last two years.

Deepak Mehrotra joined Micromax, a leading smartphone vendor, which is going through a major controversy due to the alleged involvement of its co-founder Rajesh Agarwal in a bribery case, in December 2011.

Micromax recently said it would like to take top position in the Indian smartphone market from Korean devices major Samsung. But the recent controversy started affecting its business plans including some of the phone launches, sources said.

XJTAG and Embedded Systems Solutions announce distribution partnership in India
Source: Press Release; October 2013

XJTAG has announced a distribution agreement with ESS, a leading one-stop provider of hardware and software solutions for the real-time embedded systems market. ESS is headquartered in Bangalore, India.

“XJTAG is delighted to announce the appointment of Embedded Systems Solutions, a leading supplier of embedded solutions, as our distribution partner in India”, commented Simon Payne, CEO, XJTAG. “The strategic relationship between our businesses will enable us to provide both local and global support for the growth of boundary scan solutions in the Indian market”.

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