Is it the dawn of an electronic age in India?
Source: GovernanceNow.com; January 4, 2013
The National Policy on Electronics 2012 has the potential to change
the way India produces and procures chips and gadgets. The key, as
always, lies in implementing it.
There is an element of tautological rhetoric in India's claim to be an
Information Technology superpower all set to enter the era of
ubiquitous digitalization. It has all the visible bells and whistles
of an electronics giant, from software revenues touching $100 billion
last year to consumption of electronic goods and gadgets breaching the
$125 billion mark this year. If all goes to script, with nothing to
indicate that it will not, India would be gobbling up $400 billion
worth of gadgets and goods by 2020. That’s a 300 percent increase in
just about seven years.
GEO Semiconductor launches chip for ultra-wide angle camera
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; January 5, 2013
GEO Semiconductor has introduced the GC6500 family of programmable
video processors for ultra-wide angle cameras.
GEO's prorietory eWARP core based GC6500 features MIPI D-PHY Input,
Audiophile quality stereo recording path, low latency highly flexible
H.264 Codec, Tensilica XTENSA HIFI CPU and USB2.0 interfaces. GC6500
also integrates DC-DC converters and LDOs to provide all system
Govt committed to IT
sector growth: PM
Source: The Indian Awaaz;
January 5, 2013
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said the Centre is committed to
providing an enabling environment to encourage further growth in the
Information Technology sector in view of its phenomenal growth in the
Speaking after laying the foundation stone of the Tata Consultancy
Service (TCS) Global Learning Centre, in Thiruvananthapuram, Dr.Singh
said it is one of our national priorities to impart skills training to
the young men and women on a very large scale.
Complimenting TCS, the Prime Minister said Centre has taken several
initiatives in this area and some of them have involved partnership
with the private sector.
growth plans at VLSI and Embedded Systems Conference 2014
Source: CIOL; January 6, 2013
eInfochips, a leader in software, product and semiconductor design
services, announced strong results in 2013 and unveiled aggressive
growth plans for 2014. The company will participate at the VLSI and
Embedded Systems Conference 2014 at IIT Powai (Mumbai) this week.
eInfochips looks to engage with industry stalwarts at the VLSI and
Embedded Systems Conference 2014 at IIT Powai.
recover in 2013
Source: CIOL; January 6,
Following a 2.5 percent decline in 2012, the global semiconductor
market has regained its footing in 2013 with revenue set to expand by
nearly 5 percent because of the strong performance of the memory
Global semiconductor sales in 2013 will amount to
$317.9 billion, up 4.9 percent from $302.9 billion in 2012, according
to preliminary estimates from the Semiconductor Value Chain Service at
Market growth is being driven by the strong ex
the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and NAND flash memory markets,
which are expected to rise by 35 percent and 27.7 percent,
respectively, in 2013.
Odisha may have BIS
Source: Business Standard;
January 6, 2013
The state IT (Information and Technology) department has given its
assent to the Centre for setting up of Electronics Testing Lab for
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in the state for issuing BIS number
to new electronic products.
The consent comes after the
Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DEITY) under the
Union ministry of Communication and Information Technology proposed
the state to have one lab here.
The state IT department has
engaged India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), the
premier trade body representing the ESDM industry, to devise a road
map for the development of the ESDM industry to grab the
opportunities. About 160 acres of the land in the proposed IT Park-
Info valley- has been earmarked for the ESDM industry. State's new
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy has provisions
both for attracting the investors from the software and hardware
industry and aims to attract five best ESDM companies by 2020.
chief Sanjay Jha appointed CEO of Global Foundries
January 7, 2013
Contract chipmaker Global Foundries Inc has appointed former Motorola
Mobility chief Sanjay Jha as CEO, as it prepares to invest $9 billion
to $10 billion over the next two years on next-generation
semiconductor manufacturing. Jha, an industry veteran who presided
over Motorola's sale to Google Inc , replaces Ajit Manocha, who was
appointed CEO in mid-2011 but now reverts to serving as an adviser to
Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Investment Company, GlobalFoundries'
Programme to train
engineers for the VLSI segment to be launched
Source: The Hindu; January
The burgeoning bill for electronics imports and the government’s
recent efforts to establish indigenous capacities for semiconductor
manufacturing may be a step in the right direction, but the industry
complains that the shortage of skilled manpower is still a major
In an effort to bridge the gap, the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will start a unique course for engineers
trying to enter the Very-Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) segment of the
industry, the basic element in electronics.
IESA Vision Summit
2014 to be held on February 3 & 4 in Bangalore
Source: India Infoline Ltd;
January 7, 2013
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier
body for the ESDM industry in the country, announced their ninth
consecutive annual flagship event, IESA Vision Summit scheduled on
February 3 & 4 at the Sheraton, Bangalore.
The theme for
this year’s Vision Summit 2014 takes a close look at India’s
electronics manufacturing story: From Consumption to Creation. The two
day event comprising of keynote speeches from industry thought leaders
and panel discussions will deep dive into the issues of the ESDM
sector like Consumption, Product Innovation and Manufacturing in
Apple’s Gain Is
Samsung’s Loss in 2014
Source: CXO Today.com;
January 7, 2013
Samsung Electronics have recently posted a decline in its quarterly
profit. Its biggest threat is undoubtedly the newest iPhones that have
already taken the market by storm. Analysts predict a tough year ahead
for Samsung, owing to the dominance of its arch rival, Apple,
especially in the $80 billion Chinese market.
Currently, Samsung is the biggest smartphone
vendor in China with sales reaching around 70 million units last year,
that is 20% its total shipments, according to analysts. But Apple’s
China Mobile invasion and expected larger screen offerings could cut
sales of Samsung’s latest Galaxy S and Note series by 3% this year.
The iPhone has already become a widely perceived product in China,
says a Reuters report.
Indian Angel Network invests in xSi Semiconductors
Source: The Economic Times; January 7, 2013
The Indian Angel Network has invested an undisclosed sum in integrated
chip solutions provider xSi Semiconductors, the country largest and
oldest angel network announced on Tuesday.
Lip Bu Tan, the
chairman of global venture capital firm, Walden International, has
also participated in the round of funding, according to a press
statement released by the angel network.
SmartPlay to drive innovation and growth of the TIZEN based Auto IVI
solution running on Texas Instruments latest generation SoC "Jacinto
Source: PR Newswire; January 7, 2013
SmartPlay Technologies, a leading Silicon and Software services
provider for Connected devices including mobile and automotive today
announced that it will bring its expertise and experience in usability
and software to help advance the adoption of TIZEN based Auto IVI
solution for Auto OEM / Tier 1 customers.
SmartPlay is working closely with Texas Instruments (TI) has developed
a feature rich TIZEN based AUTO IVI solution on TI's latest generation
SoC "Jacinto 6" silicon for the Automotive Infotainment market.
IESA Vision Summit 2014 to focus on “Electronics Manufacturing”
Source: VAR India; January 8, 2013
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) has announced
its ninth consecutive annual flagship event, IESA Vision Summit. The
theme for this year’s Vision Summit 2014 is focussed on India’s
electronics manufacturing story: From Consumption to Creation. The
two- day event comprising of keynote speeches from industry thought
leaders and panel discussions will deep dive into the issues of the
ESDM sector like Consumption, Product Innovation and Manufacturing in
Sanjeev Keskar, Chairman, India Electronics and Semiconductor
Association (IESA) and Managing Director (Sales) PMC-Sierra India,
said, “While India is globally renowned for its consumption potential,
the changing global landscape in electronics design, manufacturing
capabilities and cost structures have turned the creation needle
towards India. At IESA, we are utilizing the platform of Vision Summit
2014 to take a close look at India’s high value-added elect
Narendra Modi to address 400 CEOs from ICT Industry on January 17 in
Source: Voice & data Online; January 9, 2013
The Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi to honor the best talent in
ICT industry by giving CyberMedia ICT Business Awards 2013 for IT
Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement in ICT Chief Minister of
Gujarat, Narendra Modi would address over 400 CEOs from the ICT
industry during the CyberMedia ICT Business Awards 2013 program on
January 17 in Delhi. This prestigious awards program that recognizes
and honors excellence in ICT industry represents the most respected
business accolade in Indian ICT industry for three decades.
Some of the Indian ICT industry leaders who would be part of this
event include Akhil Gupta- Airtel, Rajan Anandan-Google, Jeff White-
Cisco, Rajan Mathews- COAI, P. Balaji- Nokia, CP Gurnani- Tech
Mahindra, R. Chandrashekhar- Nasscom, Debjani Ghosh- Intel, Neelam
Dhawan- HP, Amar Babu- MAIT, Ajai Chowdhry, and Kiran Karnik amongst
SEMI reports shift in semiconductor capacity and equipment spending
Source: CIOL; January 10, 2013
Based on SEMI World Fab Forecast data, SEMI suggests that spending
trends for the semiconductor industry have changed. Before 2009,
capacity expansion corresponded closely to fab equipment spending.
Now, more money is spent on upgrading existing facilities, while new
capacity additions are occurring at a lower pace, to levels previously
seen only during an economic or industry-wide slowdown.
While the 2013 installed capacity growth mimics economic crisis
behavior, according to the SEMI World Fab Forecast Report, the data
support improvement in overall capacity expansion in both 2014 and
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