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Bangalore to be held in Hubli on Oct 8
Source: The Hindu Business Line; September 27, 2013

Bangalore, the flagship event of Karnataka for the promotion of IT/ITeS sector, is planning to hold its maiden one-day conference at Hubli on October 8.

The event is organsied by Karnataka IT, BT and S&T departments and co-hosted by the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).

‘Opportunities in ESDM: Focus Hubli-Dharwad’ by India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA).

Study: China used more than half of world's ICs in 2012
Source: SmartBrief; September 27, 2013

While China's electronics industry consumed 52.5% of the semiconductors sold last year around the world, most of those chips came from foreign suppliers, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. The country's semiconductor use grew 8.7% in 2012 in a year that saw the global semiconductor industry's sales contract by 3%, PwC noted. The firm forecast that China will account for 60% of the world's semiconductor consumption within four years.

NXP strengthens investment in Singapore
Source: Security Document World; September 27, 2013

NXP Semiconductors says it has established Singapore as its global headquarters for Operations and its Standard Products business, and as its ASEAN headquarters for Sales & Marketing.

“Our customers are our first priority, and with a majority based in Asia, this move will facilitate closer collaboration with them and help us to understand their challenges and priorities better,” says Rick Clemmer, president and CEO of NXP Semiconductors. “From an innovation point of view, Asia is currently experiencing unprecedented growth in the design and manufacturing of semiconductor solutions, and with key business unit headquarters in Singapore, we have the ability to develop new relationships with technology partners that can benefit NXP globally.”

Bye-bye Silicon chips, hello CNT
Source: Navhind Times; September 28, 2013

Are computers also evolving? Would the new generation of computers be carbon based? ‘Carbon Nanotube Computer’ that is the title of the complex research paper published on September 26 issue of Nature.

The authors are Max M Shulaker, Gage Hills, Nishant Patil, Hai Wei, Hong-Yu Chen, H S Philip Wong and Subhasish Mitra. All from Stanford University, California.

Mitsubishi Electric plans Rs 300-cr investment
Source: The Hindu Business Line; September 28, 2013

Japanese electronics and electrical equipment manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric plans to invest about Rs 300 crore in India by 2016.

The investment would be for equity infusion and capital expenditure, a senior company official told Business Line.

The official said that out of the total investment about Rs 80 crore would be invested in Chennai for manufacturing elevators and another Rs 100 crore for making air-conditioning equipment.

The site for the air-conditioning unit has not been decided but it would be in North India.

Globally, Mitsubishi Electric has a turnover of $45 billion.

Semiconductor manufacturing equipment spends to come down
Source: The Times Of India; September 29, 2013

Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending is projected at $34.6 billion this year, an 8.5% decline from last year, said IT advisory firm Gartner.

"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.

ST, Freescale, and NXP; top 3 of China automotive semicon market
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; September 29, 2013

IHS has ranked ST Microelectronics, Freescale Semiconductor and NXP as top three semiconductor vendors in China automotive electronics market, with revenues of $234 million, $212 million and $208 million, respectively.

IHS forecasts automotive semiconductor market in China is set to grow 10 percent by year-end of 2013, double the expansion rate of 2012. IHS finds China’s automotive-related semiconductor consumption will generate revenue worth $4.1 billion this year, up from $3.8 billion in 2012.

The other key findings disclosed by IHS includes:

The next four years will continue to bring about robust growth as increases range from 9 to 12 percent, culminating in 2017 revenue of $6.1 billion

STPI to prepare DPR for ESDM incubation centre
Source: Smart Investor; October 1, 2013

The state IT department has asked the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for setting up of Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) incubation facility as part of its Electronics Hardware Incubation Program for the benefit of new hardware units.

"We have asked the STPI-Bhubaneswar to prepare and furnish a DPR for setting up of the incubation facility which is required for obtaining the government approval and concurrence of the finance department," said an official.

The IT department has roped in the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian (ESDM) industry, to prepare DPR for establishment of Electronic Manufacturing cluster at the proposed Info-valley.

Punjab woos K'taka Inc, ropes in Biocon, Infy
Source: Deccan Herald; October 1, 2013

The Punjab government kickstarted its roadshow from Bangalore to seek investments back home, with a series of meetings on Monday with Infosys Chairman N R Narayana Murthy, Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Manipal Global Education Services Chairman T V Mohandas Pai, among others.

“The India Electronics & Semiconductor Association Chairman Sanjeev Keskar has assured that the association will partner the government for the cluster,” Principal Secretary, Government of Punjab, Karan A Singh, said.

Preferential market access to electronic hardware industry: Sukhbir
Source: The Times Of India; October 2, 2013

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal told industry captains on Tuesday that the state government was ready to give preferential market access to entrepreneurs setting up electronic hardware and agro-processing units in Punjab in order to encourage investment into the state.

Addressing industrialists at the Investment Summit held here as part of the Progressive Punjab summit -- which will be held in Chandigarh on December 9-10 - Sukhbir said Punjab has already announced a host of incentives for new investments including 80% retention of VAT and CST.

Medical devices market may grow to $ 5.8 bn by 2014: Report
Source: The Hindu Business Line; October 2, 2013

The Indian medical device and equipment market is expected to grow to around $ 5.8 billion by 2014 and $ 7.8 billion by 2016, growing at a CAGR of 15.5 per cent, according to an industry report.

India’s medical device market is currently the fourth largest market in Asia with 700 medical device makers, and ranks among the top 20 in the world, according to data from the India Semiconductor Association.

Apple's next-generation A8 chip will also be made by Samsung: Report
Source:; October 1, 2013

It looks like Samsung will continue to stay involved in the production of chips that power Apple's next-generation devices, if a new report is to be believed, that indicates Apple's latest A8 chip is partially-manufactured by Samsung.

According to a report by Korean publication Hankyung, Samsung will be partially responsible for producing Apple's A8 chip along with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) with which Apple is said to have struck a three year deal( The news outlet mentions that Samsung will take care of 30 to 40 percent of the manufacturing capacity while the rest would be handled by TSMC.

Pure-play foundries spending big, says IC Insight
Source: Digitimes; October 3, 2013

Semiconductor capital spending has increased significantly among pure-play foundries, as more IDMs shift to a fabless/fab-lite business model while new foundry participants intensify competition among the old guards, according to IC Insights.

The total capital outlays by the top-4 pure-play foundries are forecast to be US$16.6 billion in 2013, which would represent 53% of their combined sales, IC Insights indicated. This far exceeds the industry average of 18% capital-spending-to-sales ratio.

Samsung Electronics on course for record profit of $9.3 billion
Source: The Economic Times; October 4, 2013

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is on track to post a record $9.3 billion quarterly profit as a rebound in its semiconductor business shields the South Korean tech giant from a slower smartphone market.

The world's biggest memory chipmaker is likely to see its semiconductor earnings charge to a three-year high - a much-needed shot in the arm - just as sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone begin to flag, analysts say.

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