IESA WINWire Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2014
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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 November 7, 2014. Nomination Forms available on IESA Technovation Website. Click on the link for details.

Singapore to Help India in Smart Cities Project
Source: The Economic Times; August 16, 2014


Having allocated over Rs 7,000 crore in its recent budget for development of 100 'smart cities', India today roped in Singapore for providing its expertise in this even as the two countries decided to step up economic engagement besides defence and security cooperation. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concluded a hectic 24-hour visit here with an understanding with this city-state to identify concrete projects in skills development and rejuvenation of Indian cities which would include 'smart cities'. The concept of 'smart cities' as satellite towns of larger ones was enunciated in last month's budget by the new NDA government which has allocated a sum of Rs 7,060 crore for the ambitious plan.

Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required
Source: Tech Online India; August 16, 2014

Batteries are the bane of mobile devices and sensors. As a power source they're sometimes unreliable. They must be charged and/or replaced periodically, a maintenance issue that may not mesh with the Internet of Things (IoT), the emerging global network of sensors, embedded objects, and other wireless devices, many of which may require an alternative energy source. The battery, one might argue, is the weak link in the IoT chain. But researchers at the University of Washington say they have a better idea: By culling energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals, they've developed a way to connect low-energy devices, such as sensors and wearables, to the Internet without the need for batteries or power cords.

Brownfield Cluster for Electronics Gets Approval
Source: The Hindu; August 17, 2014

Seeking to provide a fillip to the electronics industry in Mysore, the Union government has given in-principle approval for setting up a brownfield cluster of Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industries in Mysore. According to an official in the Department of Information and Technology and Bio Technology (IT and BT), the cluster will have a Common Facility Centre (CFC) that will house high-quality automated machinery to enable original equipment manufacturers and electronics manufacturing service companies to carry out testing and repair activities under one roof.

Centre To Invite Bids for Smart Cities in Greater Noida, MP & Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor
Source: The Economic Times; August 18, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of building smart cities is set to take shape within the current financial year, with the Centre readying to invite bids for Dholera investment region in Gujarat in the next three months and for integrated industrial townships in Greater Noida and Vikram Udyogpuri in Madhya Pradesh along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) by March next year.

Boost Defence with Joint Manufacture of Weapons
Source: The New Indian Express; August 18, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has struck the nail on the head when he said that only a well-equipped and well-armed nation can avert war. In other words, preparedness for war is the key to prevent war. He said this while launching the largest indigenously built warship, INS Kolkata. It goes without saying that only a strong nation commands respect. That strength has to come from indigenous production of arms and ammunition. It should be said to the credit of India’s defence planners that it has a defence industry which is able to meet many of its needs. For instance, it has the capability to plan and manufacture even an aircraft carrier.

10,000 Start-Ups Programme a Boon for Entrepreneurs
Source: Business Standard; August 18, 2014

Till about two years ago, only about 100 technology start-ups were funded a year, despite the fact that the information technology (IT) services sector had a workforce of three million. But after Nasscom launched the 10,000 Start-ups programme, that number had doubled to 200 start-ups through last year, Rajan Anandan, Google's India chief, told Business Standard in a recent interview. The buzz around start-ups in India is unmistakable. Various corporate houses, white-collar executives and governments are contributing towards building an exciting entrepreneurship environment in the country, and Nasscom's year-old initiative is a significant stakeholder in this. The programme, in which both Google and Microsoft are partners, has completed a year and has entered its third phase.

Capitalists Exercise Caution in Semiconductor Investments
Source: EE Times India; August 19, 2014

The semiconductor industry saw a dip in venture capital financings over the last year due to weakened investor confidence, according to the recent release of Semiconductor Alliance's GSA Market Watch. In the last 12 months, there have been 38 semiconductor funding deals, according to the report. They raised $550.1 million, versus the $563.8 million raised in the previous 12 months. In July 2014 alone, however, two companies—the Chinese LED chipmaker Lattice Power Corp. and the UK fabless embedded processor company XMOS Ltd.—generated $106.2 million in funding, or 47.5 per cent more than was raised in June 2014.

MAIT Hopes Pm Narendra Modi Talk Will Boost Electronics Manufacturing
Source: The Economic Times; August 19, 2014

The Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (MAIT) on Tuesday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intent of India-made products, saying it will benefit millions of youth in the country. Modi, in his maiden Independence Day speech urged global firms to "come, make in India." The government aims to revive domestic manufacturing that also includes electronic goods and chip-level components. In a statement Tuesday, MAIT executive director Anwar Shirpurwala said that PM Modi's address to the nation on the 68th Independence Day opens a new chapter to propel manufacturing agenda. Mait represents electronic manufacturers in India. "Schemes related to skill development shall benefit millions of youth, boost self-reliance and create employment at a large scale," he added. The Department of IT and Electronics (DeitY) has identified 2014 as 'Made in India' year, and has received investment proposals amounting to nearly Rs 65,000-crore in the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing segments. The department had already announced many schemes such as the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) under which firms could get upto 25% subsidy while establishing their facilities. Modi's speech has renewed optimism to regenerate local manufacturing and build a new digital India, Shirpurwala said.

Chip-Maker Mediatek Plans To Invest $200 M on Expansion
Source: The Hindu Business Line; August 20, 2014

Taiwanese chip-maker MediaTek will invest $200 million (around ₹1,200 crore) in India, mostly on its design centre in Bangalore, with an eye on gaining a larger share of the world’s third-largest smartphone market. The company plans to recruit 500 chip design engineers in Bangalore by 2017. “These engineers will work on designing chips for mobile devices, home entertainment systems and wireless technologies,” said Grant Kuo, Managing Director, MediaTek India. The company is looking at engineers with experience in semiconductor, Integrated Chip (IC) design, connectivity software and other related areas. The investments. which the company did not quantify, will be made in the next few years. The company is feeling the need for these investments at a time when India is seeing a smartphone explosion of sorts.

The Objective Is To Create an Eco-System for a Globally Competitive ESDM- Prasad
Source: ELE Times; August 20, 2014

Government has advocated for setting up a mission which will impose a structure for variable programmes laid down in National Policy of Electronics (NPE). NPE, cleared by the Union Cabinet in October 2012, aims to make the domestic electronic hardware manufacturing segment into a USD 400bn industry by 2020. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said in Parliament that a National Electronics Mission is proposed to be set up with industry participation that will evolve programmes laid down under NPE. “NPE proposes to set up National Electronics Mission with industry participation to evolve programmes in pursuit of the laid down policies and also to create institutional mechanism to advance the implementation of various programmes,” he said. He added it will promote India as an electronics hardware hub and suitably market “brand India” in electronics. Under the NPE, government had set objective “to create an eco-system for a globally competitive ESDM (Electronic System and Design and Manufacturing) sector in the country to achieve a turnover of about USD 400bn by 2020 involving investment of about USD 100bn and employment to around 28mn people at various levels.”

600 Companies in Electronica India 2014 and Productronica India 2014
Source: TeleAnalysis; August 20, 2014

Around 300 exhibitors representing 600 companies will take part in electronica India 2014 and productronica India 2014 to be hosted at BIEC, Bengaluru from 23-25 September, 2014. electronica India 2014 and productronica India 2014 are the platforms that showcase innovations and provide networking opportunities for the electronics manufacturing industry. With concurrent conferences, buyer-seller meets, B2G Meets (Business to Government) and exclusive pavilions from IESA, IPC INDIA, LEDMA, CLIK, ELCINA and International country pavilions from China, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and UK, it is a perfect meeting point for the industry.

Cluster Development to Propel Industries in Mysore
Source: The Hindu; August 20, 2014

The city is poised for small-scale industrial boom with five industrial clusters on the anvil to propel growth and create new jobs. With large and medium-scale industries envisaging massive investment slow to emerge in Mysore, the focus has shifted to industrial clusters with thrust on small-scale units to drive industrialisation. The five industrial clusters identified for Mysore include the printing cluster with technological intervention from TIFAC (Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council), general engineering cluster, packaging cluster, textile cluster and Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) cluster.

Electronics Manufacturing Cluster In Aurangabad Soon
Source: The Times of India; August 21, 2014

With the union government allocating Rs 50 crore, Aurangabad is set to emerge as one of the eight locations in the country to develop an Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC). A 14-member committee of local entrepreneurs resolved to apply to the department of electronics and information technology (DEITY) to get Aurangabad notified as a 'Brownfield' EMC at a convention organized by the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) on Wednesday. "Focused on promoting India as an electronics manufacturing hub, the union government recently identified eight cities where companies setting up such facilities will be eligible for incentives, including subsidy. Under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) notified in July 2012, the government would be providing refunds on capital expenditure for new units or for expansion of more than 25 per cent of existing capacity in Brownfield electronics manufacturing clusters," said CMIA vice-president Ashish Garde in a meeting of the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) and potential stakeholders here at the CMIA office.

Digital India: Govt to spend up to Rs1.13 trillion in three-five years
Source:; August 22, 2014

India will spend as much as Rs.1.13 trillion in the next three-five years to provide Internet connections to all citizens through an initiative called Digital India. The cabinet cleared the programme on Wednesday, communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Digital India will act as an umbrella plan to integrate and synchronize all digital initiatives including the national broadband plan and the domestic manufacturing policy.

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