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
Bangalore ITE.biz 2013 – A Resounding Success
Source: EFYTimes.com; October 26, 2013
The Government of Karnataka’s premier ICT event, rechristened as
Bangalore ITE.biz 2013, which commenced with a bullish note on October
22, came to a close today with the IT industry scaling new heights in
sharing knowledge relating to modern technologies and services
focussing on innovation and entrepreneurship to drive future growth.
The inauguration function of the 16th edition of this event displayed
Karnataka’s supremacy in technology and innovation with a firm resolve
of overtaking the Silicon Valley by 2020. The function itself
witnessed a blend of tradition and technology when the lighting of the
lamp took place with the help of laser beams triggered through high
Sanjeev Keskar, Chairman of the IESA said that addition of Electronics
to IT this year made the event more exciting.
Identifying value drivers for electronics manufacturing in India
Source: CIOL; October 26, 2013
Research and Development centers are mushrooming in India and most of
them represent MNCs. Are these R&D centers enough to make the Indian
ESDM industry's $400 billion turnover by 2020, a reality?
Experts who dwelt on challenges before the ESDM industry at the
Bangaloreite.biz were keen that India should have a strong foot print,
not only in product design, but local manufacturing as well, that can
help the country save on import bills and generate local employment.
Sanjeev Keskar, chairman of India Electronics and Semiconductor
sanjeev-keskarAssociation (IESA) highlighted that the electronics
market was driven mainly by top 10 products that include mobile
phones, FPD TVs, netbooks, desktops and digital cameras among others,
which contribute to 70.3 percent of the total market (TM)
contribution, and that the top 20 products accounted to 80 percent of
the TM contributions
IBM licenses ARM for
Source: The Times Of India;
October 26, 2013
IBM has licensed a broad range of ARM Cortex processors from ARM
Holdings. The company plans to offer the new microprocessors to its
custom-chip clients; leading companies that build network routers,
switches and the cellular base stations that enable pervasive wired
and wireless communications across the globe.
"IBM is a top provider of custom-built, system-on-a-chip technology to
communications companies -- the silicon technology that has powered
much of the mobile computing revolution," said Steve Ray, VP,
Microelectronics, IBM. "With the addition of the ARM's advanced 32-bit
microprocessors and peripherals to our Power-based offerings, our
clients will now have the broadest array of leading silicon technology
and design services available - giving them the ability to create the
next generation of communications hardware."
And Tablet Factory Revenue To Exceed Entire Consumer Electronics
Market This Year
Source: EFYTimes.com; October 26, 2013
In a dramatic sign of how consumer tastes have shifted to new, more
exciting wireless products, global factory revenue for smartphones and
tablets this year will rise to become larger than revenue for the
entire consumer electronics (CE) market—the first time this has ever
Worldwide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) factory revenue for
media and PC tablets and for 3G/4G cellphones—a category dominated by
smartphones—will amount to $354.3 billion in 2013, according to the
Application Market Forecast Tool (AMFT) from IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
This will be 3 percent more than the $344.4 billion for OEM factory
revenue for the CE market, a broad category that includes hundreds of
product types, including televisions, audio equipment, cameras and
camcorders, video game consoles and home appliances. The massive CE
market historically has dwarfed the tablet and smartphone segment,
with CE 30 percent larger just last year.
‘Brand India needs a
Source: The Hindu; October
E.V.R. Rao, Technical Director, OSI Optoelectronics Inc., said it was
high time that Brand India indulged in some retrospection to correct
its policies and methods of implementation to compete with
international brands. Addressing students of GITAM University at a
programme recently, Dr. Rao said that countries like Japan and China
were able to assimilate new technology and knowledge. He said that
such solid foundations enabled these countries to develop and build
better and cost effective models and export these across the globe.
“Lack of innovation, development, creativity and a general sense of
complacency with our policy-makers are some of the problems being
faced by the electronics industry. Business in India is also facing
challenges from slow sales growth, credit crunch, rising production
costs and thin margins against the backdrop of a dwindling rupee,” Mr.
Rao said, adding that the real component needs are in industrial
electronics, power, transport and infrastructure.
Report: Panasonic to
cut 7,000 jobs in chip business
Source: EE Times India;
October 26, 2013
Panasonic Corp. plans to slash up to 50 per cent of its chip division
workforce. The company is expected to cut 7,000 employees by fiscal
2014 through March 2015, a news report said.Most of the job losses
will be overseas, while workers in Japan will be shifted to other
businesses, claims the report.The struggling Japanese gian......
Wipro ranked leader in
global R&D service provider survey
Source: Financial Express;
October 28, 2013
IT major Wipro today said it has been ranked as a leader in the global
R&D service provider survey by Zinnov Management Consulting for the
fourth successive year.
Zinnov's 'global R&D service provider rating 2013' has recognised
Wipro as a leader among seven industries comprising consumer
electronics, telecommunications, semiconductors, computing peripherals
& storage, automotive, enterprise software and consumer software, the
city-based firm said in a release.
Zinnov has evaluated these ratings on five key parameters –
scalability, R&D practice maturity, breadth of R&D services,
innovation and ecosystem connects, it added.
Zinnov is a globalisation and market expansion advisory firm that
helps companies globalise their R&D/product engineering activities.
The release said Zinnov has comprehensively analysed the top 75 R&D
service providers across the world in 13 major industry segments.
Karnataka ESDM policy
2013 leverages national electronics initiative
Engineering Herald; October 28, 2013
Karnataka, particularly Bangalore is the technology hotbed since the
days it started housing big public enterprises such as BEL and ISRO in
Electronics. Bangalore, the silicon valley for this part of the world
has a leading role in design, production and use of electronics
systems. The amount of electronics business in Bangalore is far higher
than any other city in India. You ask any component distributor, most
of them say 50 -60% of their business comes from Bangalore and the
nearby areas which include cities such as Hosur and Mysore. There is
also a hardware cluster come up near Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh, a town
closer to Bangalore. With this amount of role, the Bangalore and
Karnataka playing, there is high priority given to electronics
business due to its potential to tilt trade imbalance in favour of
Interview of Kishor
Patil, MD & CEO, KPIT Cummins
India Infoline Ltd; October 28, 2013
Kishor Patil, MD & CEO, KPIT, is responsible for defining KPIT's
technology and global customer acquisition strategy. He is a Chartered
Accountant by profession. Kishor began his career as a practitioner in
Kirtane & Pandit Chartered Accountant in 1983 and soon became a
partner at the firm. Kishor's vision and passion have been integral to
KPIT's leadership in key focus verticals and in building the company
from a small start up to one of the world's largest, most recognized
engineering services provider for the manufacturing industry. His
contributions have been pivotal in building strategic partnerships
leading to a strong and prestigious customer base. He has set a
standard of excellence in the areas of international operations,
acquisitions, mergers and integration.Under his leadership, KPIT has
filed 50+ patents, has developed over 100 IPs in cutting-edge
automotive and semiconductor technology areas and has a significant
focus on non-linear revenues.
Global biggies fund
Indian wearable-device chip maker
Source: The Times Of India;
October 29, 2013
Two of the biggest names in global mobile and semiconductor
technologies - Sanjay Jha and Lip-Bu Tan -- have invested in
Hyderabad-based startup Ineda Systems, which is developing a chip
specifically for wearable devices, a category of computing that many
see as the next big thing in technology.
Jha is the former chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility and the man
who turned around the phone maker before it was sold to Google for
$12.5 billion in 2011. Tan is the founder and chairman of Walden
International, a venture capital firm managing $2 billion, and the CEO
of Cadence Design Systems, one of the world's biggest providers of
tools for chip design.
Entrepreneurs write to GoM against bifurcation
Source: The Hindu; October 30, 2013
It does not make economic sense to divide a State especially if the
new formations are going to be struggling and turn a burden on the
Exchequer. If the bifurcation is inevitable then the process should be
taken up only after focusing on the development of all regions, a
forum for regional economic development – Gravity 2.0 – suggested in a
memorandum sent to the Group of Ministers set up by the Centre on
formation of Telangana State.
The government should focus on investing in creating a 28 nm-20 nm
semiconductor fab city which would take India into the next level of
industrialisation rather than working overtime on a political decision
that is a lose-lose proposition for all involved.
Department of IT drafts email policy
Source: Indian Express; October 29, 2013
The department of electronics and information technology (Deity) is
drafting an email policy to secure all official communication of the
government by routing it through the National Informatics Centre’s
“The email policy of the government of India is almost ready and we
are taking views from other ministries on this. Our effort will be to
operationalise it by mid or end-December. We immediately require about
R4-5 crore to ramp up the NIC infrastructure and the total investment
needed for the full operationability of the e-mail policy could be
around R50-100 crore,” said Deity secretary J Satyanarayana on
Once in place, the policy will make it mandatory for government
offices to communicate only on the NIC platform rather than commercial
email services like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail.
Samsung bypasses Google to approach app makers
Source: Telecom Live; October 29, 2013
Samsung courted "app" makers at its first developers conference,
stepping out of Google's shadow when it comes to software powering
About 1,300 people attending the event, which continues through
Tuesday at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, delved into
techniques for making applications that work across an array of
"Samsung is really trying to get people excited about their platform,"
said independent Silicon Valley analyst Rob Enderle.
"Samsung has been trying to pull a lot of the emphasis away from
Google and get developers to be loyal to them and not Google."
Global SMEs eye Indian SEZ projects
Source: New Building Material and Construction World; October 29, 2013
At a time when Indian company's interest in special economic zones (SEZ)
is fast eroding, more and more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of
Japan, Korea China and the US are showing keen interest to invest in
the country's SEZs to set up their manufacturing facilities for
electronics and automobiles after the commerce ministry approached
these countries to look at these investment enclaves. While the US and
Japan have no SEZs, South Korea has only six, set up between 2004 and
2008. These investors will benefit from the rupee's depreciation along
with cheap land and labor available in India, besides getting a 20%
rebate on capital expenditure if the investments happen in electronics
through the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS).
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