IESA WINWire Oct 26 - Oct 31  2013
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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 2013 – A Resounding Success
Source:; October 26, 2013

The Government of Karnataka’s premier ICT event, rechristened as Bangalore 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 end devices.

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 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 networking chips
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."

Combined Smartphone And Tablet Factory Revenue To Exceed Entire Consumer Electronics Market This Year
Source:; 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 occurred.

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 revamp’
Source: The Hindu; October 26, 2013

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
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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
Source: Electronics 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 India.

Interview of Kishor Patil, MD & CEO, KPIT Cummins
Source: 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 email service.

“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 Tuesday.

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 mobile devices.

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 devices.

"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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