Awards 2013 – Send your Nominations Now
Over the years the Technovation awards have set quality standards for
the electronics and semiconductor ecosystem. The Awards will honor
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. Due to lot of requests and in view
of the large number of holidays this month, the last date of
nomination for Technovation 2013 has been extended till November 15,
2013. Kindly send in your nominations before the final deadline of
November 15, 2013. Nomination Form available on IESA Technovation
Website. Click on the link for details
Korea keen to set up a semiconductor city in Gujarat
Source: Webindia123.com; October 12, 2013
South Korea has expressed keen interest in setting up a Semiconductor
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
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
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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
fund set to fuel semiconductor startups
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.
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
clears revised PMA policy for electronic, telecom equipment
Source: Indiatvnews.com; 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: InfotechLead.com; 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
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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