IESA WINWire April 05 - April 11, 2014
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Ashok Chandak appointed IESA Chairman
Source: Business 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 1.2 day.

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.

Worldwide 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.

IESA announces 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 Treasurer.

Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending declined 11.5% in 2013: Gartner
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 Gartner.

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
Source: Electronics 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% year-over-year growth.

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 regions.

'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
Source: USFinancePost; 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 Intel Corporation.

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, 2014

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 Imagination Technologies.

The funding will be used to develop integrated, low power semiconductor and software products that are aimed at the wearable device segment.

New technology promises full phone recharge in just 30 seconds
Source:; 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.

Electronic Design Verification and Validation: Excellent Opportunities
Source:; 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 microchip.

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 gears
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 government contracts.

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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