India has to pay heavy price for not focusing on Hardware: Minister
NewKerala.com; 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.
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.
Wants Hardware Sector to Boost Electronics Manufacturing
Source: EFYTimes.com; 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
Source: The Hindu; June 21,
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.
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,
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
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
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.
Source: TeleAnalysis; June
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.
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
"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?
Electronicsforyou.com; 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
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
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