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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. Nominations open till October 15,
2013. Nomination Form available on IESA Technovation Website. Click on
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Chairman's Monthly Message – September 2013
Dear Friends, As I had mentioned when I took over as Chairman, this
year is going to be exciting. IESA’s relentless work in the last 3-4
years is beginning to bear fruit.
This month the Govt. of India gave an in-principle approval to the
proposal of setting up two chip fabrication units in the country
This is something we all have waited for a long time. The India Fab
will give us the ability to indigenously design and manufacture chips
and thus cut down our dependence on imports. The government has
already received proposals from two consortiums to set up the India
fab: one led by Jaypee Group, and including IBM and Tower Jazz; and
the other led by HSMC and including STMicroelectronics and Silterra.
Centre gives Hyderabad IT Rs 2.19 lakh-cr boost
Source: Deccan Chronicle; September 21, 2013
Hyderabad got a major investment boost on Friday with the Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approving the state’s proposal
for setting up an Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) in
The ITIR, spread over 50,000 acres, has an investment potential of
about Rs 2.19 lakh crore in Information Technology and Electronic
Hardware manufacturing over 25 years.
With the approval of the project, the Metro Rail will be extended from
Falaknuma till the Shamshabad international airport.
The ITIR will be spread over Gachibowli, Madhapur, Maheshwaram,
Mamidipalli, Raviryal and Adibatla in the south and Uppal and Pocharam
India keeps attracting
MNC R&D units
Source: The Times of India;
September 21, 2013
In a sign that high skilled Indian talent remains much in demand, as
many as 25 more global companies have established R&D centres in India
since the beginning of 2012. This takes the total number of MNC R&D
centres in India to about 1,031. Among those who have entered in the
past 18 months are Groupon, Unilever, Expedia, FireEye, Ricoh, Royal
DSM, Ruckus Wireless, Abbott, and Sigma-Aldrich, says a just released
report by research firm Zinnov.
Shares of Apple, chip
suppliers rise as iPhones hit stores
Source: The Economic Times; September 21, 2013
Shares in Apple Inc and key chip suppliers for its new iPhones rose on
Friday, as the first day of sales at Apple stores drew long queues and
an analyst said the first weekend would likely top the initial sales
figures of last year's model.
Hundreds of people queued up at Apple stores in cities including
Sydney, Tokyo and New York as Apple launched two iPhone models
simultaneously for the first time.
India may soon have
its first $1 bn product engineering firm: Zinnov
Source: Smart Investor;
September 21, 2013
India may soon have its first $1 billion product engineering services
company, proving the country's leadership in the space, management
consulting firm Zinnov has said in a latest report.
Even as the report did not share the name of the company which may hit
this milestone, it said Wipro, HCL Technologies, Tata Consultancy
Services, Tech Mahindra and Infosys are 'significantly large' in this
segment. These five companies cover most of the R&D activity
outsourced to India, the consulting firm said.
Agilent splitting into
Source: EE Times India;
September 22, 2013
Agilent Technologies has decided to split itself into two companies.
Agilent CEO William Sullivan terms the division as "the biggest and
most profound change in our history.""Agilent's history is one of
reinvention, starting with our own separation from HP and including
four major spinoffs since 2005.
semiconductor fabs approved by Government
Engineering Herald; September 22, 2013
Setting up of two semiconductor fabrication facilities are approved by
government of India. Each one of this facility is proposed by a team
The one fab which is going to be established near Noida, U.P. is
proposed by Jayprakash associates in partnership with IBM and ToweJazz.
Technology nodes proposed by this group are 90, 65 and 45 nm nodes in
Phase I, 28 nm node in Phase II with the option of establishing a 22
nm node in Phase III.
The other fab that is going to come up near Gandhinagar, Gujarath is
proposed by Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation in
partnership with ST Microelectronics and Silterra. Technology nodes
proposed by this group are 90, 65 and 45 nm nodes in Phase I and 45,
28 and 22 nm nodes in Phase II.
Mr. PVG Menon, President, IESA said “Semi conductor industry is 100%
import based and last year alone India consumed semiconductors worth $
8 billion. Now in order to be self sufficient, FAB will play an
essential role towards this as it can give India the technological
edge in the global markets.”
38th ELCINA-EFY Awards
Source: Plant Automation
Technology; September 23, 2013
Two Special Awards Added to Recognise Contribution and Overall
Performance in EMS and Small SME Categories.
The 38th ELCINA-EFY Awards were announced at a ceremony held on
September 20, 2013 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
This year the jury for ELCINA-EFY awards has added two special awards
to recognise the contribution and overall performance in electronics
manufacturing services (EMS) and small and medium enterprises (SME)
The ELCINA-EFY Awards were presented by the chief guest Dr Killi
Kriparani, Minister of State for Communications & IT, Government of
India. While presenting the awards, the minister emphasised the need
for investment in electronics sector in deteriorating economic
scenario. Electronics being second largest contributor to imports bill
can adversely affect India's growth trajectory.
Fabs in sight at last
Business Standard; September 24, 2013
India's attempt to become a manufacturer of semiconductors (chips that
sit at the heart of electronic products) has been full of mishaps, but
things seem to be getting off the ground at last. This is after two
Fabs make heavy demands on the world around them. They are usually
subsidised (governments across the world vie with each other with
subsidy offers to host them) and require a lot of energy and clean
water. India, which was so far lagging behind in offering incentives,
has made some progress. After the last Budget, the Indian Electronics
and Semiconductor Association noted with appreciation several tax
features such as the 15 per cent investment allowance in addition to
existing depreciation rules, the hike in import duty on set-top boxes
and zero important duty on machinery for fabs.
Bengal pushes for
The Telegraph; September 25, 2013
Bengal today sought investments in electronics manufacturing, a sector
considered as a thrust area in the state’s new policy on information
Domestic demand for electronic goods in the country is expected to
touch $400 billion by 2020 from $75 billion now.
“The top reason to invest in the electronics sector is that it is one
of the fastest growing industries in the country that grew from Rs
1.28 lakh crore in 2010-11 to Rs 1.43 lakh crore in 2011-12. In
2012-13, it was valued at Rs 1.77 lakh crore,” Bengal IT secretary
Susanta Mazumdar said.
Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron to merge
Source: The Shanghai News; September 25, 2013
Applied Materials, Inc, global leader in manufacture of chip making
equipment, Tuesday announced a definitive agreement to forge an
alliance with rival Tokyo Electron Limited, to create a global
innovator in semiconductor and display manufacturing technology via an
all-stock combination which values the new combined company at
approximately $29 billion (yen2.8 trillion).
Chips are finally up for India
Source: Livemint.com; September 26, 2013
For India, it’s a question of now or never as it renews the dream of
becoming a microchip manufacturing hub, decades behind its Asian
The proposal had been in the works for years until it was stalled by
the global credit crisis that followed US investment bank Lehman
Brothers Holdings Inc.’s collapse in September 2008.
The industry has long argued that India will need its own fabrication
industry to create a full semiconductor ecosystem.
The government’s decision to set up fabs in India will prove to be a
“game changer”, according to India Electronics and Semiconductor
“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
alternative source for procurement,” said P.V.G. Menon, president of
The move will also help system designers, software developers and chip
designers to join hands and develop innovative, indigenous and
cutting-edge technology products, said Menon."
STMicroelectronics will build a plant in India microprocessors
Source: business.lesechos.fr; September 26, 2013
The Indian government wants to give the country a clean chip
production. Two groups were selected to build two plants, including
STMicroelectronics. The company will receive a credit of 10 years and
a series of tax incentives.
The government in New Delhi has announced the selection of consortia
to build the first two plants microprocessors country. The first, led
by Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (HSMC), includes
STMicroelectronics and Malay Silterra. The second, led by Jaiprakash
Associates, including IBM and the Israeli Jazz Tower. Each of the two
projects provides an investment of approximately € 3 billion.
For example, PVG Menon says, "we have a major problem of lack of
resources in education. Develop distance learning through tablets
cheap "is one way to address the issue, and have chips domestic
low-cost may contribute.
Embedded Systems Solutions Announces Partnership With Coverity
Source: SiliconIndia; September, 2013
Embedded Systems Solutions (ESS), a provider of embedded development
tools in India, announces its partnership with Coverity. ESS will be a
Coverity channel partner in India focusing on the huge market
opportunity in the rapidly growing embedded segment.
Coverity is the leader in development testing, and is the trusted
standard for companies that need to protect their brands and bottom
lines from software failures.
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