IESA WINWire Mar 08 - Mar 14 2014
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Electrical Manufacturers Association, IET Signs MOU
Source: IndiaInfoline; March 8, 2014

Agreement to pave the way for joint activities, knowledge dissemination and efforts to improve engineering education in India
The Institution of Engineering and Technology Services India, (IET) one of the world's largest multi-disciplinary professional societies of engineers and technicians, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA), the apex association of manufacturers of electrical, industrial electronics and allied equipment in India. The agreement is designed to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of technical information between the two organizations and will cover three primary areas of co-operation: joint events and activities; joint dissemination of knowledge, and joint efforts to improve the state of engineering education in India.

Global chip majors like ADI, Texas Instruments help Indian firms win multi-million dollar deals
Source The Economic Times; March 10, 2014

Global semiconductor giants are playing matchmakers these days, helping small Indian companies bag multi-million-dollar contracts from international clients.

Semiconductor companies such as Analog Devices (ADI) and Texas Instruments have helped more than a dozen small Indian companies over the last year, while ARM and Sandisk are in talks to facilitate big international contract wins by Indian partners.
"Companies designing solutions on chips need to make the right choice of silicon package. Once the choice is made, it becomes difficult to change as it takes six months to a year to develop these chips. Hence, a price differential or extra features do not matter," said Sanjeev Keskar, chairman of Indian companies, Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association.

Twenty employees of U.S. chipmaker among passengers on Malaysian flight
Source: Reuters; March 10, 2014

Twenty employees of U.S. chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor (FSL.N) were passengers on a Malaysia Airlines (MASM.KL) flight presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast, according to a company statement on Saturday.

The employees, among 239 people on the plane, included engineers and manufacturing staff, many of whom travel regularly between company facilities in Tianjin, China, and Kuala Lumpur, a company source said.

Texas Instruments, ADI To Help Indian Firms Win Multi-Million Dollar Deals
Source: The Times of India; March 10, 2014

Global semiconductor giants are playing matchmakers these days, helping small Indian companies bag multi-million-dollar contracts from international clients.

Semiconductor companies such as Analog Devices (ADI) and Texas Instruments have helped more than a dozen small Indian companies over the last year, while ARM and Sandisk are in talks to facilitate big international contract wins by Indian partners.

Indian labourers’ productivity 127 times less than Germany
Source: The Hindustan Times; March 10, 2014


Advocating sectorspecific skill councils and a strong policy for handicrafts and artisans, industry experts on Saturday spoke about changing scenario of Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), UP state council’s annual session and stakeholder conference on ‘Destination UP- Opportunities across sectors’, Alok Ranjan, infrastructure and industrial development commissioner spoke about viable policies in the field of food processing, IT sector, solar energy power generation, handicrafts and electronics. He also emphasised on the new handicraft and electronic policy by the state government that is scheduled to come within two -three months.

Indian Tablet Market Expected To Remain Flat In 2014: IDC
Source: The Economic Times; March 10, 2014

Tablet sales in India, one of the largest growth markets for the smart device, is expected to remain flat this year on account of mandatory BIS compliance and increasing demand for 'phablets', research firm IDC said.
According to analysts, Asia Pacific and China currently have the highest tablet penetration rates among emerging markets, though Brazil, India and Russia are also expected to experience significant growth.

Apple To Enter Smaller Indian Towns With IPHONES, IPADS
Source: The Economic Times; March 11, 2014

Apple plans to go local with a vengeance, setting up small, neighbourhood shops in big cities and tier II markets, in a bid to get closer to potential buyers as it pushes ahead with an India-specific strategy aimed at trying to grab market share from dominant rival Samsung.

The shops will be set up by Apple distributors Redington and Ingram Micro besides existing trade partners and follows the revival of the iPhone 4 for sale in India and other emerging markets, which gave buyers who covet the brand the option of a phone that costs much less than latest models. Apple has also directly approached some trade partners and retailers regarding the setting up of the neighbourhood stores. Samsung is widely present in the Indian retail market place, offering smartphone and tablets through more than 1,000 Smartphone Cafes.

We do not have plans to start manufacturing in India: Intel CFO
Source: Business Today; March 11, 2014

Stacy Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at chipmaker Intel Corporation was in India recently. During a media roundtable, he responded to Goutam Das's questions on semiconductor manufacturing in India, as well as Intel's plans.
Q. The Indian government has announced approvals for chip fabrication units in India, one by ST Micro and another by IBM. How does Intel feel about chip manufacturing in India?

A. India is our largest non-manufacturing site. We have 6,000 direct employees and when we look at indirect employees, we are probably pushing close to 10,000. It's interesting to look at what has happened in India over the last decade. In 2000, we were somewhere around 200 employees here. So you can see the progress. What we do here is not manufacturing, it's actually what we call 'higher value-add'. So this is a place that does the development on the highest end processors that we have and I think it really leverages the kind of talent that we see coming out of the university system here, the technical talent that really proves the importance of this site.

Govt Plans Rs. 6,200-Cr Venture Capital Fund To Boost Telecom Manufacturing
Source: Hindustan Times; March 12, 2014

In a boost to telecom manufacturing in India, the government plans to set up a $1-billion (Rs 6,200-crore) venture capital (VC) fund, which will take into account the technology and not return on capital as a measure of success.

The draft note, proposed by the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), will soon be sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his approval.
The fund is part of a proposed commitee floated by the NMCC and the DoT with a mandate to identify the sourcing of raw material, special research and development support and innovation required for manufacturing telecom equipments in India.

The committee is likely to be headed by Sam Pitroda, adviser to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations and chairman, National Innovation Council; Vinod Khosla, head of Khosla Ventures and Desh Deshpande, chairman, Tejas Networks.

New Caltech Chip Can Turn Your Cell Phone Into A Projector
Source: The Times of India; March 12, 2014

Imagine giving a presentation that is projected on a conference room wall via your mobile phone.

Such a technology may be on its way, thanks to a new light-bending silicon chip developed by researchers.

The light-bending silicon chip from at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers acts as a lens-free projector and could one day end up in your mobile phone.

The new chip uses integrated optical phased array (OPA) to project the image electronically with only a single laser diode as light source and no mechanically moving parts.

Ali Hajimiri and his colleagues were able to bypass traditional optics by manipulating the coherence of light - a property that allows the researchers to "bend" the light waves on the surface of the chip without lenses or the use of any mechanical movement.

IDC's Top 10 Predictions for Indian ICT Marketplace In 2014
Source: The Financial Express; March 12, 2014


The Indian economy is going through a challenging phase with high inflation and a slowing growth. This coupled with the upcoming national elections has created a temporary slow-down of the broader economy.
Despite these challenges in the government segment, the broader market in India has shown resilience and has stabilized when compared to tumultuous phases in 2012 and 1H 2013. Companies have been spending (albeit with caution) on upgrading their IT and communications (ICT) infrastructure in order to deliver stronger value to the business. Many organisations are using the tight budgets to review and rethink the areas of investment and the modes of engagement with their technology vendors and partners.

Transistors promise to cut PCB space by half
Source: EE Times India; March 12, 2014

ROHM Semiconductor has unleashed what it describes as the smallest transistors in the industry. The VML0604 package, according to the company, reduces board space by 50 per cent compared with similar devices, making it suitable for smartphones and other devices requiring smaller, thinner form factors.

The high precision package and transistor processes, combined with internal structure optimization, have allowed the company to develop, the VML0604, measuring just 0.6 x 0.4 x 0.36mm. As a result, mounting area is cut by half, making it ideal for high density applications in portable devices of all types. This package will be expanded to small-signal MOSFETs, contributing to increased space-savings in a variety of offerings, added ROHM.

Hardware Sector Is A ‘Victim’ Industry, Says Nasscom Chief
Source: The Hindu Business Line; March 13, 2014

India’s electronic hardware suffers from a ‘competitive disability’ when compared with countries like China. The industry has become far weaker than it was in 1970s, at least in relation to the global industry, according to R Chandrashekhar, President, Nasscom, and former Telecom Secretary.

The IT and telecom industries have grown tremendously in the last few years. However, the hardware sector is a ‘victim’ industry, he said while inaugurating the Centre for Technology and Policy at IIT Madras.
Key factors

The reasons are completely out of the control of the industry and revolve around issues such as high cost of finance, power, and uncertainty on logistics. In a high velocity, high volume and low margin industry, how to overcome this problem and boost the industry’s performance is critical, he said.

Weak economy hurt outlook for China IC market
Source: EE Times India; March 13, 2014

China's semiconductor market appears to have hit a plateau and not even the Chinese government's Rs.30,864.20 crore investment plan to bolster chip revenues is going to reverse its bleak outlook, according to a report published by The Information Network.
TIN President Robert Castellano said, "For 2014, [semiconductor] production will decrease to less than 10 per cent year-on-year as a result of weakness on the Chinese economy."
SMIC is one of the first companies that have been hit by this downturn. The semiconductor foundry recorded its revenues including wafer shipments from Wuhan Xinxin at Rs.3,035.80 crore in 4Q13—a 7.9 per cent quarter-over-quarter drop.

Compiled by IESA Research

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