IESA WINWire Jan 4 - Jan 10 2014
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Is it the dawn of an electronic age in India?
Source:; 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 voltages internally.

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 country.

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.

eInfochips shares 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.

Semiconductor sales recover in 2013
Source: CIOL; January 6, 2013

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 sector.

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 IHS.

Market growth is being driven by the strong ex

pansion of 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 testing lab
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.

Motorola mobility chief Sanjay Jha appointed CEO of Global Foundries
Source:; 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' owner.

Programme to train engineers for the VLSI segment to be launched
Source: The Hindu; January 7, 2013

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 worry.

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 India.

Apple’s Gain Is Samsung’s Loss in 2014
Source: CXO; 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.

Losing the China battle

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 6"
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 India.

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 Delhi
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 others.

SEMI reports shift in semiconductor capacity and equipment spending trends
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 2015.

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