Not Enough Domestic Patents Filed In Electronics
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
planning to buy chipmaker Renesas SP Drivers
Source: Fone Arena; April
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,
Labelling Needs For
Electronic Products Changed
Source: The Hindu; April 3,
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
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
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
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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