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Foreign telecom equipment cos, too, can supply to govt
Source: Asia - TMCnet; October 19, 2013

The Cabinet on Thursday approved a revised version of the preferential market access (PMA) policy for electronic and telecom equipment which would allow suppliers, including foreign telecom companies (telcos) and electronic product-makers, to sell to various government wings, including defence forces.

The revised policy, which is seen in certain quarters as having security-related implications, reverses the previous version of February 2012 that bestowed access to government buyers only to domestic firms that manufactured electronic products.

Global Semiconductor Sales Increase For Sixth Straight Month In August
Source:; October 19, 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.87 billion for the month of August 2013, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to August 2012, marking the industry's largest year-over-year growth since March 2011. Sales in the Americas increased by 23.3 percent compared to August 2012, while global sales in August were 1.3 percent higher than the previous month's total of $25.53 billion. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

Six new appellate tribunal benches for faster disposal of indirect tax cases
Source: Smart Investor; October 19, 2013

The government will set up six new benches of the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) to expedite disposal of indirect tax cases. Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Allahabad will get a CESTAT bench each for the first time, while New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai will get an additional bench.

Preferential Market Access policy:
A policy reserving a stipulated percentage of government procurement of electronics for domestically manufactured items has also been given the go-ahead, Press Trust of India reported, citing sources. This is a revised version of the Preferential Market Access policy, kept in abeyance after the government faced pressure from multinational companies and trade groups.

Karbonn aiming for more than Rs 4,000 crore turnover in 2013-14
Source: The Economic Times; October 20, 2013

Betting big on its smartphone portfolio, domestic handset maker Karbonn is aiming for a turnover between Rs 4,000 crore to Rs 5,000 crore by the end of current financial year.

"Our target is between Rs 4,000 crore to Rs 5,000 crore in 2013-14 and if you see our past, our growth year on year is almost double. The way we are growing and the way market is growing, we see an exponential growth in smartphones," Karbonn Managing Director Pardeep Jain told PTI.

EDA industry revenue increases 3.8 percent for Q2 2013
Source: CIOL; October 20, 2013

The EDA Consortium (EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS) announced that the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry revenue increased 3.8 percent for Q2 2013 to $1653.4 million, compared to $1593.0 million in Q2 2012.

Sequential EDA revenue for Q2 2013 decreased 0.9 percent compared to Q1 2013, while the four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 5.3 percent. The total revenue for the most recent 4 quarters (Q3 2012 through Q2 2013) was $6720.9 Million.

CSI organises workshop on ESDM
Source: State Times; October 20, 2013

Student chapter of Computer Society of India (CSI) at the Model Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) organised a two-day workshop on Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) in collaboration with Computer Society of India.

The workshop was intended to create awareness about the electronics and IT industry, with focus on Research and Development and entrepreneurship. The CSI has 70 chapters all over India, 418 student branches, and more than 90,000 members making it one of the largest professional associations in India. MIET is the only institution in J and K to have a CSI Student Branch providing exposure to students on latest trends in technology.

IISc scientists develop NewGen camera device
Source: Deccan Herald; October 21, 2013

An ultra-thin digital camera that can take clear pictures in a moonlit night without the need for a flash may be around the corner if a research success, achieved by physicists in Bangalore, finds itself a place in the technological arena.

A group of young researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has come out with the new device that may eventually replace the silicon-based systems at the heart of every digital camera, from the high-end professional ones to the ordinary ones found in almost every household.

Emerging Opportunities and Growth in ESDM Industry
Source: Data Quest; October 21, 2013

The global electronics industry, valued at $1.75 tn, is the largest and fastest growing manufacturing industry in the world, and is expected to reach $2.4 tn by 2020. . Globally, the semiconductor companies weathered the myriad challenges of fluctuating economies and natural disasters to maintain the growth from 2010 and for the first time ever, it crossed the $300 bn mark in revenues.

The prognosis for Indian ESDM industry is looking very positive. It is likely to grow 9.9% CAGR in 2011-15, as per the latest study by the India Semiconductor Association (ISA) in partnership with Frost and Sullivan.

As part of the efforts to promote the electronics sector, the India government has given the approval to set up two semiconductor wafer fabs. India has become the hub for semiconductor design with nearly 2,000 chips being designed per year and more than 20, 000 engineers are working in various aspects of chip design and verification. Annually India is generating nearly $2 bn in revenues for the chip design services. This provides an enabling environment for the semiconductor wafer fab which will come up in India.

Odisha to sign pact for new STPI centre at Balasore soon
Source: Business Standard; October 21, 2013

The Odisha state government will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Software Technological Parks of India (STPI) for setting up an STPI complex at Balasore, the economic hub of north Odisha.

STPI, an autonomous society under the Union ministry of communication and information technology, was set up with a mandate to promote software exports from the country.

Balasore STPI centre is going to be the fourth such centre in the state after Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Berhampur.

The state is likely to sign MoU with STPI in this regard on October 25.

Bangalore transforms to Bangalore
Source: CIOL; October 21, 2013

The 16th edition of Karnataka's flagship annual IT event Bangalore has been transfromed as Bangalore The three day even that begins here on Tuesday will have special emphasis on electronics industry.

This year's ITE.Biz will have special trust on ESDM and full day track on ESDM has been structured by India Electronic and Semiconductor Association.

The Karnataka state cabinet has recently cleared a new Information Technology policy to attract investment from Fortune list of companies and exploit the job potential in the IT sector.

Walden announces $100M fund for Indian chip start-ups
Source: EE Times India; October 21, 2013

Global venture fund Walden International has announced a specialised fund to invest in Indian semiconductor start-ups.According to The Economic Times report, the Rs.628.93 crore ($100-million) fund will begin investing later this year and has already identified four start-ups, two each in Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Bangalore: IT's here, let the tech-tonic flow
Source: DNA; October 22, 2013

The 16th edition of Karnataka’s annual IT event will henceforth be known as Bangalore

Organised by the department of IT, BT and S&T, in association with state government, and STPI, Bangalore 2013 is scheduled to be held from October 22 to 24 at the Lalit Ashok. With the new policy initiatives by the state government to boost the IT and communication sector, with added focus on electronics design and manufacturing as the next growth driver, on the anvil, the event has attracted strong participation of IT and electronics majors along with policy makers from across the country.

This year’s ITE.Biz will have special thrust on ESDM (electronics system design and manufacturing) and a full day track on ESDM has been structured by IESA (India Electronic & Semiconductor Association).

Source:; October 23, 2013

Are you ready for a ‘technically challenging’ career? If yes, get ready for something beyond the preliminary levels of integrated circuits (ICs) involving small-scale integration (like logic gates) or medium-scale integration (like multiplexers and parity encoders). A much bigger world involving miniaturisation at levels where even a micrometre or a microsecond is considered a huge measure is waiting for you! This is the world of very large-scale integration (VLSI).

Moreover, the electronics industry in India is undergoing a gradual but rapid change from a software-driven outsourcing model to one that is increasingly focused on growth and development of the domestic market. According to India Semiconductor Association (ISA), the Indian semiconductor and embedded design industry is expected to earn revenues of $43 billion in 2015—a marked increase from the $5.9 billion in 2009. VLSI design services contribute approximately 13 per cent to overall revenues and 11 per cent to the overall workforce of the industry.

21 IT companies feted with STPI awards
Source: The Hindu; October 25, 2013

On the second day of ITe.Biz, a total of 21 IT companies were given awards in seven categories for contribution to exports, employment and diversity. The awards were given by the Software Technology Parks of India here.

The award for the highest growth in exports in three categories went to Sankalp Semiconductor (exports between Rs. 5 and 25 crore), SLK Global BPO Services (Rs. 25 and 100 crore) and Honeywell Technology (Rs. 500 and 1,000 crore).Electronic Hardware export awards were given to Rangsons Electronics, Incap Contract Manufacturing Services and GE Medical Systems.

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