IESA WINWire June 21 - June 27, 2014
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India has to pay heavy price for not focusing on Hardware: Minister
Source:; June 20, 2014


The country will have to pay a heavy price for lagging back on a bright opportunity if it ignores hardware manufacturing, Karnataka IT and BT minister S R Patil today said.

Speaking at a workshop organised by KEONICS here, he said the import bill of electronics parts and equipment such as computer processors (chips), motherboards and semiconductors was expected reach USD 400 billion by 2020, and it will be much higher than what the country pay for import of petroleum products.

We need to be wired differently
Source: The Hindu Business Line; June 20, 2014

A vast population of well-educated and trained individuals is our best bet at driving the innovation engine. And our inherent cost consciousness will give us the ability to create a whole range of value-for-money products and services.

According to a report by the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) and Frost & Sullivan, India’s electronics systems design and manufacturing (ESDM) industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.9 per cent between 2011 and 2015 to touch $94.2 billion. To kick-start the innovation engine, it requires efforts from all the stakeholders of the ESDM landscape — industry, the Government and academia.

Govt’s e-push: handset, PC makers seek more incentives
Source: The Hindu Business Line; June 20, 2014

Though the Government has zeroed in on a big plan to boost electronics manufacturing in India, industry is not sure about the efficacy of such a move as many other issues need to be sorted out first.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently said incentives would be given to companies that set up greenfield units in eight cities, including Ghaziabad, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Nashik.

Karnataka Minister Wants Hardware Sector to Boost Electronics Manufacturing
Source:; June 21, 2014

Karnataka IT and Biotechnology Minister S R Patil has asked the hardware sector to give the much-desired push to electronics manufacturing in the state. The minister has called for boosting the capacity of manufacturing electronics goods.

Addressing a workshop, Patil said, “If we do not build capacity to manufacture electronics goods on a mass scale, the country may have to pay a heavy price in future, as we continue to import more than indigenising their production.”

Call to set up IT park in Mysore
Source: The Hindu; June 21, 2014

Stakeholders keen on reaffirming Mysore’s importance as a Tier II city for information technology (IT) and related industries, have sought policy initiatives by way of tax incentives and establishment of IT parks from the Union government.

The stakeholders said the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) should take the lead in this regard, and what ITPL and Electronics City did for Bangalore was repeatable in Mysore.

Telangana government plans new IT clusters around Outer Ring Road
Source: Deccan Chronicle; June 22, 2014

The K. Chandrasekhar Rao government is on the lookout to have new IT clusters around Hyderabad Outer Ring Road.

With Hyderabad city saturated for IT growth and other industries, the government is seriously considering new sites along the 139 km ORR to promote IT, BT and other sectors.

The new IT hubs would have all infrastructure and facilities for the companies besides campuses having schools, colleges, hospitals, good roads, drinking water, drainage facilities, adequate power supply and policing among others.

KINFRA submits report on electronics cluster
Source: The Hindu; June 22, 2014

Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) has submitted a detailed project report to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology for developing an electronics manufacturing cluster in Kochi. The proposal for the Rs.250-crore project, submitted by Kinfra last year, had received in-principle nod from the department.

The project, to be established in 75 acres of land owned by Kinfra at Kakkanad, is being taken up under the scheme envisaged in the national electronics policy, 2012.

Chip sales hike may not last
Source: Yahoo! India Finance; June 24, 2014

Semiconductor companies are in growth mode again, and market tracker Gartner raised its forecast for worldwide chip sales to 6.7% growth this year — up from 5.4% previously — led by memory chips. But Gartner expects growth to slip next year as inventory builds. It sees global chip sales of $336 bil this year. The report comes when shares of several chipmakers, including SanDisk (SNDK), Atmel (ATML) and Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), have been rising. Atmel shares fell 2% to 9.14, and Skyworks fell 2.3% to 46.81. SanDisk was flat.

Qualcomm acquires Black Sand
Source: TeleAnalysis; June 25, 2014

Qualcomm has acquired Black Sand Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company dedicated to building solutions for the wireless industry by combining sensitive analog and powerful digital circuits in silicon.

Black Sand’s unique combination of patented mixed-signal technology and industry experience will lead the way to new levels of cost and performance in wireless products of the future.

Black Sand is based in Austin, Texas, and is funded by Austin Ventures and Northbridge Venture Partners. In February, 2012 the company had received $10 million in third-round (series C) funding, to ramp volume production of its range of silicon power amplifiers for use in 3G phones, tablets and datacards. The funding round was led by existing investors Northbridge Venture Partners and Austin Ventures.

Bengal expects preliminary nod soon for first electronic hub
Source: Business Standard; June 25, 2014

The West Bengal government is optimistic about receiving a preliminary approval soon for the first electronic cluster, a precursor to set the ball rolling for manufacturing units for the hi-tech industry in the state..

"We hope to get preliminary approval for the Naihati electronic cluster in the North 24 Parganas district.

"Once that comes, we will move to the next level of implementation which will include anchor investors to get the final approval," West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation DGM Dev Baul said today on the sidelines of a seminar on IT organised by the CII here.

How can EDA help solve challenges in automotive connectivity?
Source:; June 25, 2014

Connected vehicles are one of the most challenging parts in automotive, as they require data processing, Ethernet connectivity, antennae and more connections. The only way engineers can do modern designs in wiring these together is through integration between mechanical and electrical software, which may involve electrical analysis and connectivity issues.

Electronic goods makers to get boost with 8 new clusters
Source: Economic Times; June 25, 2014

India will soon have eight new electronic manufacturing clusters as the new government gets going with its agenda of making India a hub for indigenous goods and reducing dependence on imports, telecom and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at an industry event organised by The Economic Times in collaboration with AMCHAM. "Eight clusters for electronic manufacturing have been approved," Prasad said at an interaction between the government and the American Chamber of Commerce in India, Wednesday.

Chinese industrial parks get approval
Source: Business Standard; June 26, 2014

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Brazil next month, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved industrial parks to be set up in India by China.

Law and telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Cabinet had given in-principle approval to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard, adding the details of the agreement would be made public after the MoU was signed.

It is likely the MoU will be signed during Vice-President Hamid Ansari's visit to China on June 26-30.

Synopsys Users Group India Enters 15th Year with Record Gathering of Semiconductor Design Community
Source: APN News; June 26, 2014

Synopsys, Inc, a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, just finished hosting its 15th Synopsys Users Group (SNUG®) conference in India to help engineers better address the productivity challenges they face when designing today’s chips and electronic systems. The conference, which has grown into the industry’s largest gathering of semiconductor professionals in India, highlights advancements in semiconductor design and verification that can be used to design even the most complex systems-on-chips (SoCs). More than 2900 leading SoC and system designers who are Synopsys tool and technology users attended the two-day conference June 25th and 26th at the Leela Palace in Bangalore, making it the largest SNUG India event to date. Launched in 2000, SNUG India is part of a global program that began in 1991 and includes 14 user conferences with nearly 10,000 participants around the world..

Gujarat seeks speedy setting up of semiconductor unit at Prantij.
Source: News on Projects; June 26, 2014

Gujarat Science and Technology Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma has sought the Centre's intervention for speedy implementation of semiconductor wafer fabrication (FAB) manufacturing unit in the state.

During a meeting with Union Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Delhi recently, Chudasama conveyed Gujarat government's commitment to provide all necessary clearances and support to the project, to be set up at Prantij town in Sabarkantha district.

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