IESA WINWire  March 29 - April 4, 2014
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Not Enough Domestic Patents Filed In Electronics
Source: Business Standard; March 30, 2014

The National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) has said domestic research in electronics and its allied hardware was not yielding significant patents in the country.

“Domestic research in electronics was not encouraging and global majors have been flooding the market with products innovated outside the country,” said Rajendra Dobhal, chairman and managing director of NRDC.
At a time when the demand for electronic gadgets was booming, Indian manufacturers were not coming up with electronic technology having global edge, he added.

Analyst: Samsung, Intel lead chip capex in 2014
Source: EE Times India; March 31, 2014

According to the latest data from IC Insights, memory manufacturers and foundries will be responsible for the largest increases in chip manufacturing capital expenditure this year. This is in a total market of $62.23 billion, forecast to increase by eight per cent compared with 2013, noted the market research firm.

Despite strong 2014 spending increases led by SanDisk and Micron Technology, the top-five ranking is unchanged, led by Samsung and Intel with spends over $11 billion each.

India poses barriers to American trade: USTR
Source: Hindu Business Line; April 1, 2014

Indian policies pose barriers to American trade and the US will keep pressing India to remove obstacles to smoothen business relation, says a USTR report.

Noting that it is holding talks with India both at bilateral and the World Trade Organisation level, the 2014 report of the UN Trade Representative (USTR) on “Technical Barriers to Trade” listed out some of the issues obstructing trade relations.

Indian policies on wholesale foods labelling, security regulations on telecom equipment, safety testing requirements for electronics and IT equipment and proposed amendment to the hazardous waste act as trade barriers, the report said.

BEL Records Rs 6,180 Cr Turnover
Source: Business Standard; April 1, 2014

Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has ended the year 2013-14 with Rs6,180 crore turnover (provisional) against the turnover of Rs6,012 crores during 2012-13.

It achieved exports worth $41.70 million in 2013-14, registering a growth of 27.21% over the previous year's export turnover of $32.78 million. BEL has an order book of around Rs23,200 crore.

Manufacturing Activity Slows Down In March
Source: The Economic Times; April 2, 2014

Manufacturing activity moderated in March, failing to deliver on expectation that things were looking up after February numbers promised a recovery, a private survey released on Tuesday showed.

The HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector fell to 51.3 in the past month from a 12-month high of 52.5 in February, hurt by a slowdown in order flows and raw material shortages.

25 Startups Set To Visit Silicon Valley
Source: The Times of India; April 2, 2014

In an initiative to showcase Indian technology entrepreneurship in the Silicon Valley, IT industry body Nasscom is taking a group of 25 innovative startups to California for a week-long trip next month.
The group will attend two major startup conferences - Collision in Las Vegas and TiEcon in Santa Clara - which will give them an opportunity to listen to, and interact with, a host of technology entrepreneurs and investors in the US. They will visit Stanford University, where they will meet faculty members, and the campuses of Google, Intel and Walmart Labs. They will also interact with the Indian diaspora.

Sankalp Semiconductor Announces ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Source: The Telegraph; April 2, 2014

Sankalp Semiconductor, a leading Chip Design services company based out of India is pleased to announce that it has successfully accomplished and passed the auditing requirements for ISO 9001:2008 and has been granted a certificate of registration for 'Development, Verification and Delivery of Integrated Circuit (IC) Designs and Associated Services' effective March 19, 2014 for its design facility in Aryabhatta Tech Park, Hubli.

"ISO 9001:2008 certification compliments our Analog and Mixed Signal technology leadership position and it demonstrates our on-going commitment to enhance the quality of our deliverables and overall customer satisfaction. Sankalp Semiconductor has built and established a robust offshore capacity for leading edge chip design and this quality certification would enable more of our customers to leverage this facility for their product development," said Mr. Samir Patel, CEO, Sankalp Semiconductor.

Global IT Spending On Pace To Grow 3.2 Percent This Year: Gartner
Source: The Hindu Business Line; April 2, 2014

With the global economy showing signs of a gradual recovery, worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.8 trillion in 2014, a 3.2 per cent increase from 2013 spending, according to a study by Gartner.

"Globally, businesses are shaking off their malaise and returning to spending on IT to support the growth of their business," said Richard Gordon, Managing Vice-President at Gartner.

The devices market (including PCs, ultramobiles, mobile phones and tablets) is forecast to return to growth in 2014, with a worldwide spending of $689 billion, a 4.4 per cent rise from 2013. However, in top-line spending, a shift in the product mix continues to be seen in the marketplace.

Apple reportedly planning to buy chipmaker Renesas SP Drivers
Source: Fone Arena; April 2, 2014

Apple is considering buying a unit of Renesas SP Drivers, Japan-based chip maker for smartphone displays, according to a report from Nikkei. Renesas SP Drivers is a joint venture between Japanese chipmaker Renesas, Sharp and Taiwanese manufacturer Powerchip. The chipmaker already provides drivers and controllers for iPhone’s liquid crystal displays that is responsible for quality, performance and phone’s overall energy efficiency.

Three Things In Indian Semicon: Vinay Shenoy
Source: CIOL; April 2, 2014

There have been a variety of announcements made by the Government of India in the last one year or so. In the pre-90s period, the country showed just 1 percent GDP growth rate. It was adverse to FDI and had a regulated market. All of this led to deregulation under the late PM, PV Narasimha Rao.

The Indian government was averse to foreign investment, which was opened up around 1994. Since then, we have seen 6-8 percent growth, said Vinay Shenoy, MD, Infineon Technologies (India). He was delivering the keynote at the UVM 1.2 day, being held in Bangalore, India.

Labelling Needs For Electronic Products Changed
Source: The Hindu; April 3, 2014

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has thrown another regulatory wrench at the electronic products industry, with the standards body having now changed the labelling requirements that companies would have to follow under the certification process required for imports. According to people with direct knowledge of the matter, the BIS, last week, changed the way in which labels would have to be prepared and printed on the product packaging material. IT hardware companies are required to label their products with a certification tag before being allowed to import it into the country. Most of the top electronic product firms oppose the move, calling it “impractical”, “expensive” and “almost impossible to achieve in the time limit given by the BIS to the industry.” The BIS announced the new labelling requirements on March 25, 2014, and has said that it should come into effect by April 4, 2014.

Samsung chairman ordered to appear in Indian court
Source: Reuters; April 3, 2014

The Supreme Court has ordered the chairman of Samsung Electronics (005930.KS), Lee Kun-hee, to appear before a local court within six weeks to avoid arrest in a decade-old dispute with a supplier over a $1.4 million payment.

A two-judge panel ruled on Monday that an arrest warrant issued against Lee by a local court in Ghaziabad, near New Delhi, would not be executed for six weeks, according to an order posted on the court's website.

Lee will have to appear before the local court and can seek bail and an exemption from further hearings, the Supreme Court judges ruled.

BIS New Regulations Irk Hardware Industry Body
Source: The Financial Express; April 4, 2014

The IT hardware industry in India has been pushed into a tight spot by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) which has come out with new set of rules defining the kind of labels that should put be on products imported into the country to receive the quality certification.

BIS had notified the new rules on March 25, thereby, giving the hardware players a week to comply with as the deadline for getting certification ends on Friday even as the industry has strongly said that it was an impractical move.

Globalfoundries edges out Intel for IBM chip-making business: WSJ
Source: Reuters India; April 4, 2014

Contract chipmaker Globalfoundries has emerged as the leading candidate to buy IBM's semiconductor operations, edging out Intel Corp, the Wall Street Journal cited unidentified sources as saying on Thursday.

IBM had held discussions with those two companies as well as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, but California-based Globalfoundries showed keener interest and TSMC ultimately dropped out for unspecified reasons, the Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying.

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