IESA WINWire Mar 01 - Mar 07 2014
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Karbonn keen to set up production unit in India
Source: The Hindu; March 1, 2014

Karbonn Mobiles Chairman Sudhir Hasija is encouraged by recent steps by the Centre to promote manufacturing of mobile phones and believes that “some manufacturing will start” in the industry this year.

According to Mr. Hasija, Karbonn too is interested in setting up a unit in the country, in order to have greater control over the whole go-to-market process. No plans, however, have been finalised.


“Currently we get from China and some from Korea and Taiwan also. Now yes, everybody is looking [to manufacture here] because the Central Government is coming out with an electronics clusters policy. The State Government, too, is really inviting… on the mobile side,” he told this correspondent on Friday. Karbonn currently sells around 2. 3 million mobile phones a month, with smartphones making up a quarter of this. “Definitely [we are looking at setting up]. Though right now, it doesn’t make cost-sense. In the long-run… in terms of quality, it makes sense,” Mr. Hasija added.

Govt earmarks Rs 3.6 cr incentives for electronic manufacturers
Source: Business Standard; March 2, 2014

To provide impetus to electronics sector, the government has earmarked cash incentives worth Rs 3.59 crore for manufacturers, over the period of three years.

"There will be national awards in ESDM (Electronic System Design & Manufacturing) sector to encourage and recognise companies doing well in the field of manufacturing. It will be held every year. Initial outlay is about Rs 3.59 crore for 3 years," DEITY Joint Secretary Ajay Kumar told PTI.

Incubation Centre at Gogte Institute
Source: The New Indian Express; March 2, 2014

The KLS Gogte Institute of Technology (GIT) here has been selected for setting up the government’s New Age Incubation Network for Entrepreneurship Development and Mentoring Centre.

KLSGIT is one of the nine colleges selected throughout the state as Information and Communication Technology Incubation Centre. A high power committee headed by T V Mohandas Pai, Mr B V Naidu, Sudeep Banarjee and other prominent IT industrialists selected the colleges. The programme will cater to the projects that solve local problems and find solutions to local needs.

Apple-Samsung chip manufacturing partnership still strong, says expert
Source: BGR; March 3, 2014

The chip-partnership between Apple and Samsung is still strong, an expert has revealed. CEO of chip industry tracker VLSI Research, Dan Hutcheson, earlier believed that Samsung won’t be a supplier to Apple for its future processors and other silicon. However, after his recent trip to South Korea, he found that in summertime, Samsung’s manufacturing labs were running pretty empty, but then all of a sudden they started coming back, CNET reports. Hutcheson had earlier opined that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer, was going to get most of Apple’s future processor business.

Data Deluge Is Good News for Consumers, but Spare a Thought for CIOs
Source: Communications Today; March 3, 2014

India has emerged as a top destination for global R&D work, especially in semiconductors. Manufacturing is a critical element of the overall electronics consumption equation, says Santhanakrishnan Raman, managing director, LSI India, a semiconductor and software company focused on the storage and networking sectors. LSI’s India R&D centre is the largest centre of LSI worldwide. It has a talented workforce in Bangalore and Pune that is developing leading-edge storage and networking technologies.

Semiconductor market in India is growing rapidly, thanks to our growing electronics consumption. India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) has been spearheading the efforts in creating a viable electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) ecosystem in India, LSI is fully aligned with those efforts. LSI is engaged closely with global storage and networking OEMs that cater to the Indian market today. As the ESDM ecosystem in India grows, I envision LSI to be fully engaged to deliver to the emergent needs.

Top 10 semiconductor R&D leaders ranked for 2013
Source: CIOL; March 4, 2014

More than any other industry, the semiconductor business is defined by rapid technological change. As a result, a constant and high level of investment in R&D is essential to the competitive positions of semiconductor suppliers.

The figure shows IC Insights' 2013 ranking of semiconductor companies by R&D spending. Intel continued to top all other chip companies in R&D spending in 2013 and accounted for 37 percent of the top-10 spending and 19 percent of total worldwide semiconductor R&D expenditures!

Idco submits DPR for electronics manufacturing cluster at Infovalley
Source: Business Standard; March 4, 2014

The Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) has submitted the detailed project report (DPR) to the Centre for setting up of a Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) under the latter’s EMCs scheme.

“The proposed EMC will be developed over an area of about 216 acres in the Info-valley complex, on the outskirt of Bhubaneswar. We have sought an assistance of about Rs 96 crore from the Centre for this cluster,” said a source.

Dr. Walden Rhines Vision on Semiconductor & India
Source: SemiWiki; March 4, 2014

Last month India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) held its Vision Summit at Bangalore in which luminaries from across the semiconductor and electronics industry presented their views about the future of this industry and India’s progress. Dr. Walden C. Rhines, Chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics presented interesting facts and trends about the semiconductor industry in his keynote speech. Dr. Rhines, a great technologist, strategist and visionary, I admire, particularly talked about what makes India best suited to embrace the fabless opportunity in the overall semiconductor ecosystem. I’m moved by his insight into Indian semiconductor business dynamics, strengths, weaknesses and how he rightfully cites a sustainable opportunity for India to focus upon. So what are the trends? Which segment is gaining traction?

Dr. Rhines then talks about “out-of-the-box” architectural innovations and how Mentor’s Veloce2 was developed with collaboration between U.S. and India teams. Its virtual stimulus concept and test bench acceleration were conceived and developed in India. This is a nice example of users and tool developers collaborating in close proximity.The complete set of the keynote slides is posted on IESA website here

Centre sanctions electronic cluster in Bangalore
Source: iGovernment; March 4, 2014

The Karnataka government's proposal to undertake brownfield expansion of Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) at Electronic City near Bangalore has received the approval from the Centre. The project is estimated to cost Rs 85 crore to be shared by both the central and state governments.

"The Union government has given its nod for the country's first ever brownfield electronic manufacturing cluster at Electronic City in Bangalore. We have received a formal clearance letter from the Centre to this effect just four days ago," said SR Patil, minister for IT/BT and science and technology.

Wipro Launches cloud-based product lifecycle management service
Source: Business Standard; March 4, 2014

India's third largest information technology (IT) services company Wipro today announced the launch of a cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) service that will support Siemens PLM Software's Teamcenter portfolio. According to Wipro, Teamcenter is the world's most widely used digital lifecycle management software.

"This new service offering further strengthens our strong alliance with Siemens PLM Software to support Teamcenter customers," said Prasad Bhatt, VP-Product Engineering Services at Wipro. "We have witnessed the value that Teamcenter brings by enhancing collaboration among different stakeholder teams during the entire product lifecycle."

PC shipments to fall by 6% in 2014 and decline through 2018, says IDC
Source: Digitimes; March 5, 2014

Worldwide PC shipments fell 9.8% in 2013, slightly better than a projected decline of 10.1%, but still the most severe contraction on record, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Fourth quarter results were slightly better than expected, but the outlook for emerging markets has deteriorated as competition from other devices and economic pressures mount. In mature regions, the fourth quarter was also slightly ahead of expectations, although the improvement seems driven by short-term factors like a slight rise in XP replacements and is not expected to last long. Overall growth projections for 2014 were lowered by just over 2%, and subsequent years were lowered by less than 1%. However, the changes are enough to keep long-term growth just below zero, and push volumes below 300 million throughout the forecast rather than staying slightly above this level.

Odisha team to visit Germany to woo IT investors
Source: Business Standard; March 6, 2014

A four-member delegation led by state IT (information technology) secretary, Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra will embark on a five day visit to Germany from March 10th to woo investors in the IT, ITes (enabled services) and Electronic System Designing and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector

Apart from Mishra, the other members of the team are Industry secretary and Chairman cum Managing Director, Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) Vishal Dev and two other officials of the IT department and Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC).

The India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the ESDM industry, has prepared the DPR for the EMC cluster at Info-valley. In addition, the state government has already prepared a ‘Strategic Roadmap for Development of ESDM Sector in Odisha’ in association with IESA to grab the opportunities to be thrown by the sunrise sector in India..

Tech Mahindra Announces TI Lab For IoT Solutions
Source: Light Reading India; March 6, 2014

Tech Mahindra Ltd has announced the inauguration of the Texas Instruments Lab in Bengaluru. This lab would allow Tech Mahindra to launch innovative solutions based on the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) in industrial, medical and automotive sectors. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an evolving space with billions of devices being connected on the fly. More and more consumers are looking for intelligence from connected devices, equipments and infrastructure. Enterprises are looking at connected ecosystems to drive customer satisfaction, efficiency in operations and for increased predictability in their business. Tech Mahindra sees this collaboration with TI as a compelling opportunity to synergize capabilities while addressing this market opportunity.

Digitisation will cut channels’ dependence on ad revenue
Source: The Hindu Business Line; March 6, 2014

The TRAI recommendation of ‘sunset of analogue transmission’ (or end of analogue transmission for cable TV channels by December 2014) is bringing value to both TV viewers and service providers. While the former get superior viewing experience and more value-added services, service providers get higher average revenue per user (ARPU). According to industry estimates, the broadcast industry in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of 17 per cent over 2011-16, to ₹73,500 crore. Vivek Sharma, Regional Vice-President, India Operations and Director of India Design Center at STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor maker, shares his views on some of the recent developments in digitisation.

Intel, Marvell, MediaTek and Qualcomm made progress in tablet apps processors in 2013
Source: CIOL; March 7, 2014

The global tablet processor market grew 32 percent year-on-year to reach $3.6 billion in 2013, based on preliminary estimates from the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service report, "Tablet Apps Processor Market Share Q3 2013: Qualcomm Grabs Top Spot in Non-iPad Tablets."

Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung, Intel and MediaTek held the top-five revenue share spots in the tablet applications processor market in 2013 as detailed in this Strategy Analytics report. Apple continued its lead in the tablet applications processor market with 37 percent revenue share in 2013, followed by Qualcomm with 11 percent revenue share and Samsung with 10 percent revenue share.

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