chip in 2-3 years, says Sibal
Source: The Hindu Business Line; September 13, 2013
The Government on Friday said the first ‘Made-in-India’ chip would be
rolled out in the next two-three years.
This follows Cabinet’s decision to approve two fabrication units for
which the Government will give tax breaks and subsidies.
The Government will invite other global companies to avail themselves
of the incentives.
Setting up semiconductor fab to cut import bill
Source: Deccan Herald;
September 13, 2013
The government’s decision of setting up Rs 51,550-crore semiconductor
fabrication plants will help India cut its ever-ballooning import bill
from $491.48 billion in 2012-13 and pave the way for domestic
manufacturing of electronic products.
Tower Semiconductor has partnered with International Business Machines
and Jaypee Associates, STM has partnership with Hindustan
Semiconductor Manufacturing for the fab.
“It was expected that
some day it would be cleared and was part of the recommendations of
the committee that I had chaired,” HCL Founder Ajai Chowdhry told
The India Electronics & Semiconductor
Association (IESA) lauded the announcement and said that some of the
world’s leading economies including the USA, France, Germany, Ireland,
Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and China besides a number of developing
economies like Malaysia and Israel have their own fabs.
Despite Cabinet nod, cloud hangs over fate of chip fab units
Source: Business Standard; September 14, 2013
Despite the go-ahead from the Cabinet on Thursday for incentivising
two semi-conductor chip fabrication units, a cloud hangs over their
fate as the door has been left open for more players to come in.
While giving 'in-principle approval' to subsidise the two proposed fab
consortiums - one led by Jaypee Associates and the other by Hindustan
Semiconductor Manufactu-ring Company (HSMC), the cabinet has also
asked the department of electronics and IT to actively seek for more
proposals in the next four weeks.
According to Sibal, the
government got 33 proposals initially, but most of them fell by the
way side. Only two reached the evaluation stage and their proposals
were later placed before the Cabinet.
chipmakers, says IBM, STMicroelectronics interested
Source: NDTV Profit;
September 14, 2013
Two consortia, including IBM and STMicroelectronics, have proposed
building semiconductor wafer plants in India costing a total of $8
billion, a minister said after the government approved concessions to
India, which wants local production of chips to cut long-term import
bills, has renewed a drive to attract investments after a previous
medical devices offers huge opportunity': ADI
Source: EE Times India; September 16, 2013
While 80% of the medical devices are imported for India's consumption,
we are seeing increasing number of designs being done by Indian arms
of MNCs and Indian design houses. "Higher performance, more
integration, compact size, ultra-low power and in general the
consumerism in general the consumerism of medical devices brings about
opportunities for semiconductor makers like Analog Devices.
UK keen on
collaboration in ESDM and ICT sectors
Source: Cybermedia India
Online Limited News; September 16, 2013
Francis Maude, UK minister for the cabinet office and Paymaster
General, on his one-day visit to Bangalore today to interacted with
Bangalore's stakeholders about open governance issues, the current
level of IT implementation and utilisation and more importantly the
impact it has on the quality of life.
Maude was here as part of
the GREAT Roadshow, a series of niche events aimed at fostering
exchange between the UK and India to facilitate trade and investment.
The UK is a model country for delivery of services to citizens and
hence is keen to share its experience and expertise in this field with
India. E-governance measures such as Sakala and e-Sugum are examples
of Karnataka's leadership role in open governance.
'PMA Policy To Aid
September 16, 2013
Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., the firm which has
received an in-principle nod for establishing an electronic chip
making unit hailed present policies of the government, especially the
policy that provides preference to domestic manufacturer. It stated
that this will be of help to chipmakers.
This firm, which is founded by a group of Non Resident Indians (NRIs)
of Silicon Valley, along with France-based ST Microelectronics and
Silterra (Malaysia) is one of consortia that has received a green
signal for building the proposed Rs 252.5 billion (Rs 25,250 crore)
With respect to government procurement, notification
has already been issued by the government but the one related to
private sector procurement is presently under inter-ministerial
consultations. On completion, it will be presented before the
government for its approval.
Government plans to
fund electronics startups to encourage local manufacturing
Source: The Economic Times;
September 17, 2013
The government is finalising plans to fund and incubate technology
startups that specialise in electronics as it seeks to encourage local
manufacturing and limit import of electronic merchandise, country's
second-biggest foreign exchange-drainer after oil. Select educational
institutions such as Bangalore-based International Institute of
Information Technology and Delhi University are being roped in for
housing such incubators, a senior government official told ET.
"Promoting startup incubators is an important part of the policy,"
said Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, Department of Electronics and
The idea, said PVG Menon, president,
Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association, is to give the
entrepreneur a short runway to success and is in line with industry's
vision to grow 200 successful product companies and 50 semiconductor
companies in India over the next decade.
Industry rejoices as
govt approves two Semiconductor fabs
Source: CXO Today.com;
September 17, 2013
The India government’s recent approval of the setting up of two
semiconductor fabrication plants in the country have brought relief to
Indian IT, as many in the industry believe they now have a reason to
rejoice. In a statement released today, the IT apex body, MAIT
welcomed government’s decision to recently approve setting up of two
semiconductor manufacturing facilities in India.
Not only MAIT, others in IT/semiconductor believe the long-awaited
decision has finally seen the light of the day, as India Electronics
and Semiconductor Association (IESA) called it “a highly strategic
game changer for India”.
IBM Technology helps
Leading Universities in India Prepare Students for the Future
India Education Review; September 18, 2013
IBM today announced that leading universities across India are using
IBM's technologies to improve the quality of the education process,
introduce new curricula and prepare their students for jobs in the
future. IBM has played a pivotal role in providing innovative
technology solutions to the Indian education sector.
leading advisory firm, recently recognized IBM India as the leader
amongst MNC (multinational) Technology Centers that have contributed
significantly to the development of the University Ecosystem in India,
for the third consecutive year.
China to slap
anti-subsidy duties on U.S. solar material
Industrysourcing.com; September 18, 2013
China said on Monday that it would impose preliminary anti-subsidy
duties on some imports of U.S. solar-grade polysilicon, a move that
could intensify trade tensions between the world's two largest
China's Commerce Ministry said it would hit U.S. imports of the
material used to make solar panels with relatively low duties of up to
6.5 percent, amid trade frictions in the struggling global solar industry.
That follows the ministry’s much heftier anti-dumping duties – used
for goods sold below market value of 53.3 to 57 percent on U.S.
polysilicon in July, a move which many saw as a bid to protect China's
struggling domestic industry. Washington called those duties
up with L&T, IL&FS to set up semiconductor plant
Source: Livemint.com; September18, 2013
The government’s approval last week for plans to set up two
semiconductor-manufacturing facilities in India has turned the focus
on Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (HSMC) which, in
anticipation of imminent approval, had already signed agreements with
infrastructure companies Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) and
Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS).
“We will be helping HSMC (Hindustan Semiconductor) to design and plan
the infrastructure to set up a fab. We will be helping the company to
structure the project in the country as we have the expertise to do
so,” he added, without disclosing details. A fab also requires around
10 million gallons of water a day and gases such as nitrogen, for
which Hindustan Semiconductor will take advantage of the existing
partnerships it has with US Filters, a former Siemens affiliate, for
water and waste management and France’s Air Liquide for gases.
“With the location of a fab in India, the country could achieve a
degree of self-sufficiency in electronics, and partially reduce the
very high supply chain risks that India is exposed to, without an
alternate source for procurement,” said PVG Menon, president of IESA.
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing spending to fall 8.5% in 2013:
Source: My Iris; September 19, 2013
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending is projected
to total USD 34.6 billion in 2013, an 8.5% decline from 2012 spending
of USD 37.8 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that
capital spending will decrease 6.8% in 2013, due to diminishing
28-nanometer (nm) investment from a softening in the mobile phone
"Weak semiconductor market conditions that continued into the first
quarter of 2013 generated downward pressure on new equipment
purchases," said Dean Freeman, research vice president at Gartner.
"However, semiconductor equipment quarterly revenue is beginning to
improve, and positive movement in the book-to-bill ratio indicated
that spending for equipment will pick up in the remainder of 2013.
Looking beyond 2013, we expect that the current economic malaise will
have worked its way through the industry, and spending will follow a
generally increasing pattern in all sectors throughout the rest of the
Indian SPs move ahead in R&D Service provider ratings
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; September 19, 2013
Zinnov Management Consulting, a leading Globalization and Market
Expansion Advisory firm, today launched its much awaited Rating of
Global R&D Service Providers' across geographies. The study titled
"Global R&D Service Providers (GSPR) Rating 2013", is an annual study
to assist business leaders spearheading global engineering initiatives
make right decisions in partner selection across geographies.
According to the Study, the Indian service providers have clearly
emerged as the leaders and soon India will have a USD 1 billion
Product Engineering Services player in the market. The service
providers can be broadly classified into three groups. First group is
Wipro, HCL, TCS, Tech Mahindra and Infosys, which has a significantly
large product engineering practice and amongst them they cover most of
the outsourced R&D activity.
Certificate course in electronics test engg
Source: The Hindu; September 20, 2013
The Centre for Electronics Test Engineering, a government of India
training institute, will conduct a month-long skill development and
job-oriented programme for engineering graduates belonging to the
minority community from September 30. The certificate course will be
offered at a nominal fee. Further details can be had on 27181180 and
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