Ashok Chandak appointed IESA Chairman
Standard; April 4, 2014
Electronics industry body IESA today appointed Senior Director of NXP
Semiconductor Ashok Chandak as its new Chairman.
"Ashok Chandak, Senior Director, Global Sales and Marketing at NXP
Semiconductors, who was earlier the Vice Chairman for 2013-14, has
taken over the role of Chairman for 2014-15," India Electronics and
Semiconductor Association said in a statement.
IESA has been providing crucial policy inputs for pushing electronics
and semiconductor manufacturing growth in the country.
Need for semicon industry to keep delivering value: Anil Gupta
Source: CIOL; April 5, 2014
In 2013, the global semiconductor industry had touched $306 billion or
so. Sales had doubled from $100 billion to $200 billion in six years -
from 1994 to 2000. It was enterprise sales that was driving this. It
has taken 14 years to move past $300 billion, said Anil Gupta,
managing director, Applied Micro Circuits India Pvt Ltd, at the UVM
This time, consumption of semiconductors is not only around
enterprise, but social networks as well. Out of the $306 billion,
logic was approximately $86 billion, memory was $67 billion, and micro
was $58 billion. We, as consumers, are starting to play a huge role.
Semiconductor revenue up 5% in 2013: Gartner
Source: India Infoline Ltd;
April 5, 2014
The combined revenue of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased by
6.9 percent during 2013.
Total worldwide semiconductor revenue reached $315 billion in 2013, up
5 percent from 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. The combined revenue
of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased by 6.9% during 2013.
This was a significantly better performance than the rest of the
market, whose revenue growth was 0.9 percent, and was due, in part, to
the concentration of memory vendors in the top ranking. The memory
market increased 23.5 percent in 2013.
Executive Council for 2014 -2015
Source: VAR India; April 7, 2014
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) has announced
its new Executive Council (EC) for the year 2014-15.
Ashok Chandak, Senior Director, Global Sales and Marketing at NXP
Semiconductors, who was earlier the Vice Chairman for 2013-14, has
taken over the role of Chairman for 2014-15. Vinay Shenoy, Managing
Director, Infineon Technologies would be the new Vice Chairman of IESA
and Krishna Moorthy K, MD, Rambus Technologies will serve as the new
semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending declined 11.5% in 2013:
Source: The Times Of India;
April 7, 2014
Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending reached $33.8
billion in 2013, an 11.5% decline from that in 2012, according to
Wafer-level manufacturing equipment demand performed above the market
with strength in lithography and associated processes, while backend
manufacturing segments fared significantly worse than average.
"With this as a backdrop, capital spending was muted and dominated by
a few top players," said Klaus-Dieter Rinnen, managing VP at Gartner.
Latest ranking of top
20 semiconductor vendors in 2013 by IC Insights
Engineering Herald; April 7, 2014
Foundry services and fabless grow whereas merchant chip makers show no
or very little growth. Please find the below latest release by IC
Insights on top 20 semiconductor vendors in 2013..
SK Hynix, MediaTek, Micron, and Qualcomm each registered =30%
IC Insights’ April Update to The 2014 McClean Report will show a
ranking of the 2013 top 50 semiconductor suppliers. A preview of the
top 20 companies is listed in Figure 1. The top 20 worldwide
semiconductor (includes ICs and O-S-Ds—optoelectronics, discretes, and
sensors) sales leaders for 2013 included nine suppliers headquartered
in the U.S., three in Japan, three in Taiwan, three in Europe, and two
in South Korea, a relatively broad representation of geographic
'Made in India' still
a wish, but 'Designed in India' big trend: Somshubro Pal Choudhury
Source: Business Standard;
April 7, 2014
Like many other multinational semiconductor design and manufacturing
companies, Nasdaq-listed Analog Devices has made India a critical part
of its global operations. The company, which set up its first design
center in India in 1995, now has around 350 employees in the country.
The company's India Managing Director, Somshubro Pal Choudhury spoke
to Itika Sharma Punit about Analog Devices India's expectation to grow
over 15% for the next three to five years backed by the 'Designed in
India' trend and his expectations that the government's initiatives to
push 'Made in India' will help the company succeed further.
Once Again, IBM is
Considering Selling Its Semiconductor Operations
April 8, 2014
Last week, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal ran a story that
suggested the contract chip manufacturer, GlobalFoundries, might be
buying International Business Machines Corp’s chip business /
semiconductor operations in order better compete with the likes of
Citing an anonymous source, the reports came to light after the Wall
Street Journal first broke the story that IBM executives had been
discussing the sale of its chip business with both Globalfoundries and
Intel, where Globalfoundries might be taking the lead. IBM has
reportedly held similar discussions with Taiwan Semiconductor
Manufacturing Co (TMSC).
Wearable chip maker
Ineda Systems raises $17M in Series B led by Walden-Riverwood Ventures
Source: VCCircle; April 9,
Hyderabad-based Ineda Systems Inc, a developer of IP chips for
wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) market segment, has secured $17
million in a Series B round of funding led by Walden-Riverwood
Ventures. This round also saw participation from Samsung Catalyst
Fund, Qualcomm Ventures, IndusAge Partners and existing investor
The funding will be used to develop integrated, low power
semiconductor and software products that are aimed at the wearable
promises full phone recharge in just 30 seconds
April 9, 2014
Given the huge range of multi-tasking capability of a mobile, it’s no
wonder that battery life has always been a concern for developers,
manufacturers and the users themselves. On average, most smartphone
batteries last between one and two days before being completely
depleted, and in need of a recharge.
StoreDot, an Israeli start-up, has found a way to fix this
inconvenience with a new battery and charging combo that can fully
fuel a Galaxy S4 in 30 seconds.
Verification and Validation: Excellent Opportunities
Electronicsforyou.com; April 9, 2014
Sometimes used interchangeably, verification and validation ensure
that the system being created will meet the requirements of the
customer. When the specifications are validated and the system is
verified against the specifications, the concluding system fulfills
its purpose. Sounds simple, right? But it is pretty challenging and
demanding being a verification and validation engineer.
Self-Destructing Electronics Are Here and They Are Awesome
Source: Gizmodo India; April 9, 2014
A renegade professor and his team at Iowa State just unveiled a
mind-bending new technology. Put bluntly, they've created
self-destructing electronics: gadgets that disappear with the flip of
a switch. And, yes, it's just like Mission Impossible.
It seems like we've been hearing about self-destructing electronics
for ages now, and not just in cheesy TV shows or action-packed Tom
Cruise movies. Last year, DARPA announced a new initiative called VAPR-a
descriptive acronym for Vanishing Programmable Resources-to fund the
development of "electronic systems capable of physically disappearing
in a controlled, triggerable manner." IBM became one of the first
companies to receive funding when the military research organization
awarded them $3.45 million for the development of a self-destructing
Oracle overtakes IBM to become No 2 in India
Source: Business Standard; April 10, 2014
Riding high on the demand for database management systems, enterprise
software maker Oracle has overtaken IBM to become the second-largest
software vendor in India, after Microsoft, according to a report by
research firm Gartner.
In 2013, the US-headquartered company reported 21.5 per cent
year-on-year growth in software revenues in India, the highest among
all major information technology (IT) vendors in the country,
including Microsoft, IBM, SAP, VMware and CA Technologies.
Samsung's success tied to low-end devices
Source: Times of India; April 10, 2014
Samsung Electronics' share in India's smartphone market is both
growing and shrinking, based on different metrics.
Samsung has expanded its volume market shares to 38% in last quarter
of 2013 from 32.7% in the first, according to latest IDC data. Based
on value, its share fell two percentage points, though it still
remained massive at 43%.
The fall in value market share indicates the price pressure the
company is facing and also that the contribution of higher-priced
devices to its overall sales is probably slowing.
Govt to review value addition targets of security-sensitive telecom
Source: Economic Times; April 11, 2014
India will shortly review value addition targets, or the extent to
which network gear vendors need to customise 23 security-sensitive
telecom products using Indian resources, in order to pitch for
The telecom department (DoT) will "examine whether network vendors —
both local companies and Indian units of global suppliers — can meet
current value addition targets in the absence of a mature local
manufacturing ecosystem", according to an internal note seen by ET.
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