IESA WINWire Jan 25 - Jan 31 2014
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India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier body for the ESDM industry in the country, announced its ninth consecutive annual flagship event, IESA Vision Summit scheduled on February 3 and 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. IESA Vision Summit 2014 features a powerful line-up of industry experts, government officials, strategists, policy makers and business leaders, offering their views and visions on the future of semiconductor and electronics by exploring the trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the Indian industry.

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GMR Group Launches India’s first Greenfield Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) near Hosur
Source: Company Website; January 25, 2014

GMR Group, India’s leading Infrastructure major, who brought you the world’s best airports at New Delhi, Hyderabad, Istanbul is developing a 527 acres Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) at Hosur, 45 kms away from the Electronics city, Bangalore.

This EMC has been approved by the DeitY, Govt. of India (GoI) and apart from investment subsidy of up to 25% from GoI under M-SIP Scheme; various central and state tax benefits are also available for units within the EMC.

Shovel ready plots with all infrastructure and utilities up to plot boundary along with road, water, drainage & sewerage, electrical and, digital infrastructure, ,solid waste management, WTP, STP, solar power plant would be provided in the EMC.

This EMC will house common facilities like Centre of Excellence, Incubation Centre, Multi Skill Development Centre, International Convention Centre etc. and special facilities include Testing & Certification facility, Prototyping Facility, Manufacturing Support Services etc.; making this an ideal location to set up your manufacturing facility.

CM unveils IT policy
Source: The Telegraph; January 25, 2014

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled The Information and Communication Technology Policy-2014 today.

The policy aims to create direct employment opportunities for 60,000 professionals in 800 IT and electronic system design and manufacturing units in the next six years. It also aims to achieve gross ICT turnover, including exports of software and IT services of Rs 24,000 crore, by 2020.

Moreover, the state will create a built-up space of 60,00,000sqft and develop 2,000 acres for the sector.

“To accommodate the future development in IT and electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM), the state government is designing one IT investment region on the southern part of Bhubaneswar,” said Naveen at the event.

India Asks Japanese Electronics Industry To Establish Semiconductor Fabs In India
Source:; January 26, 2014

In a bid to attract investment in electronics industry, India has invited Japanese industry to invest in the country and benefit from the support being offered by the Government.

Anand Sharma, commerce and industry minister, spoke to a team of top Japanese industrialists headed by Keidanren (Japanese Business Federation) Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura. Sharma said, “Government of India has decided to offer a package of incentives to attract domestic and global investments into Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector within Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) Schemes. In addition, the Government has recently approved the proposal for setting up of two Semiconductor Wafer Fabrications (FAB) manufacturing facilities in the country.”

Intel expects to make decision this year on next new chip plant
Source: The Economic Times; January 26, 2014

US chip manufacturer Intel Corp expects to make a decision this year on the location of a new multi-billion dollar semiconductor plant using new 10 nanometre technology, executives at its Israeli unit said on Sunday.

Israel is one of a number of countries competing to host the new plant.

"Intel will take its decision as late as possible. Until it needs to, it won't make a decision," Maxine Fassberg, general manager of Intel Israel, told a news conference. "If we're looking at the next technology it has to come this year, but we don't know when."

Intel has already held talks with the Israeli government, which must offer incentives to be competitive, said Fassberg, manager of Intel's Fab 28 plant in the southern town of Kiryat Gat.

"There is no certainty it will be in Israel. The jury is still out; we are in the game," said Mooly Eden, president of Intel Israel and general manager of perceptual computing.

Top five trends to rule global semicon industry in 2014: Synopsys
Source: CIOL; January 27, 2014

What are the top five trends likely to rule the semicon industry in 2014 and why? Rich Goldman, VP, corporate marketing and strategic alliances, Synopsys, had this to say.

FinFETs will be a huge trend through 2014 and beyond. Semiconductor companies will certainly keep us well informed as they progress through FinFET tapeouts and ultimately deliver production FinFET processes.

They will tout the power and speed advantages that their FinFET processes deliver for their customers, and those semiconductor companies early to market with FinFETs will press their advantage by driving and announcing aggressive FinFET roadmaps.

Qualcomm, Samsung, Intel to fight for tablet processor market share
Source: Telecom Lead; January 27, 2014

Tablet processor shipments will grow 23 percent to 299.7 million units in 2014 from 243.1 million last year, said IHS. Qualcomm, Samsung, Intel to fight for tablet processor market share in coming years.

In 2015, tablet processor shipments will increase 18 percent. The market will touch 400 million units by 2016.

Leading chip makers – Samsung, Qualcomm and Intel – will face competition from smaller rivals.

They will chase market share from Apple iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy.

Karnataka seeks investment in manufacturing
Source: Business Standard; January 27, 2014

Karnataka today urged global investors to look beyond the information technology and bio-technology potential in the State and invest in its manufacturing capabilities and tourism sector as well.

Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma said the industrial corridors coming up in the state - the Bangalore-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and Chennai-Bangalore-Chitradurga Industrial corridors aim to connect towns and cities to boost the manufacturing capabilities in the region.

Referring to the upcoming National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZ) in Tumkur, Bidar, Gulbarga and Kolar Sharma said it would not be fair to keep manufacturing in the country contributing to merely 16 per cent of the total GDP of the country.

Tata Elxsi Dec quarter Net rises over two-fold to Rs 21.55 crore
Source: The Economic Times; January 27, 2014

Design solutions firm Tata Elxsi today reported an over two-fold growth in consolidated net profit at Rs 21.55 crore for the third quarter ended December 31.

The Bangalore-headquartered firm had posted a net profit of Rs 8.74 crore in the year-ago period, it said in a BSE filing.

Consolidated net sales of the firm grew 28 per cent to Rs 200.12 crore in October-December this fiscal against Rs 156.67 crore in the same quarter of 2012-13 fiscal.

Commenting on the performance, Tata Elxsi CEO and Managing Director Madhukar Dev said: "The firm has registered continued growth across services and geographies. Its international revenues have grown quarter-on-quarter inspite of negative currency impact."

Onida's Rs 400-cr investment plan in Maharashtra on hold
Source: Business Standard; January 27, 2014

The electronic major MIRC Electronics Ltd, which owns the brand Onida, has decided to put its Rs 400 crore investment plan in Maharastra on hold. The company said the current government's policy is not conducive enough.

Speaking to reporters after launching range of air conditioners in Chennai today Gulu Mirchandani, chairman and managing director, MIRC Electronics said "current policy need dramatic change. If nothing is coming out in the near terms then we will not goahead with the investment plan".

CII conducts SWOT analysis, submits report to Siddaramaiah
Source: The Hindu; January 29, 2014

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) conducted a SWOT (Strengths Weakness Opportunities Threat) analysis of Mysore and has prepared a comprehensive roadmap for the industrialisation of the city and the region.

The report was prepared as advised by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and submitted to him on Monday.

The CII has suggested the constitution of a ‘Joint Government of Karnataka-CII Task Force’ to implement the recommendations and action plans for the development of Mysore.

Haryana to emerge as country’s leading knowledge centre: Study
Source: The Pioneer; January 29, 2014

Haryana may emerge as country’s leading knowledge State by promoting centers of excellence and industrial development in several sectors including electronics, agriculture, food processing and healthcare, said a study done by industry body Assocham and Frost & Sullivan.

The study stressed upon the need to explore new avenues for investments in electronic component and manufacturing services as the State is a home to numerous small, medium and large electronics units operating across electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) space. The study, Haryana: Emerging as the pioneer knowledge State of India, jointly conducted by Assocham and global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, was jointly released by DS Rawat, national secretary general of Assocham along with VG Ramakrishnan, Managing Director, South Asia, Frost & Sullivan here on Tuesday.

Indian Manufacturers Find It Difficult To Bag Defence Telecom Projects
Source:; January 29, 2014

The much awaited mega defence telecommunications project worth Rs 130,000 million has been announced, but the conditions laid down for companies to participate in the project make it difficult for Indian manufacturers to do so. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given the responsibility for the project to state-run mobile operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. The aim of this project is to build a nationwide secure communications network for the country’s armed forces. However, it seems that domestic manufacturers will miss the opportunity as certain eligibility criteria to bid for the project are heavily in favour of the multinational network gear manufacturers.

Raising security issues, the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) has also called for stricter rules governing the procurement. “Lack of attention to security issues will pose a severe risk to this highly security-sensitive network. At least the source code for products that are supplied should be resident in India at all times, so that the same can be accessed at times of emergency,” wrote P V G Menon, president of IESA, in a letter to the PMO.

CircuitSutr a launches synthesizable model of ARM® AMBA® AXI™ to cut development time of chips for mobile devices
Source:; January 30, 2014

CircuitSutra Technologies, an ESL design IP & Services company, announced that it will showcase its synthesizable modeling IP for ARM® AMBA® AXI™ at the upcoming conference IESA Vision Summit, 3rd Feb in Bangalore. CircuitSutra developed this model in collaboration with Forte Design Systems, and it is compatible with Forte’s Cynthesizer™ SystemC high-level synthesis (HLS) tool. The model is part of the High Level Synthesis – Quick Start Package (HLS-QSP) from CircuitSutra.

Samsung beats Nokia to become India's most trusted brand of 2014
Source: Daily News & Analysis; January 30, 2014

A new survey called Brand Trust Report that determines India's most trusted brands across sectors reveals interesting insights. South Korean electronics company Samsung, which has been an arch-rival of Nokia topped the list while Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) jumped 69 ranks to be included in top ten list.

A survey conducted across 16 cities by Brand Trust Report throws forward startling facts about the 'trust quotient' that consumers place on various brands in India.

Samsung mobiles topped the list in the durables section beating market leaders such as Nokia and HTC followed closely by Sony and Tata. Tata is the only Indian brand to be placed in top 5 brands with the highest trust quotient index.

Compiled by IESA Research

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