IESA WINWire May 03 - May 09, 2014
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India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) announces M. N. Vidyashankar, IAS as New President
Source: IESA; May 5, 2014


India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, today announced the appointment of Mr. M. N. Vidyashankar, IAS as the new President.

In his previous assignments, Vidyashankar has served as Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Commerce & Industries and Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka. He comes in with more than 30 years’ experience in management and administration of various government offices, autonomous bodies, boards and corporations and is serving on the board of various industry & academia committees, the major ones being AMSI, IIIT-B, and CEO of KIADB. He was also part of the core group for KIG2020. He brings in an excellent combination of Leadership, ESDM knowledge, execution skills, industry connects and an all-success history that will help widen IESA’s role in the ESDM landscape.

IESA participated in ChipEx2014
Source: IESA; May 3, 2014

Israeli microelectronics industry is one of the most advanced in the world with the second or third highest concentration of chip design houses in the world. This year, ChipEx2014, the leading international event of the Israeli microelectronics industry was held from April 29-30, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

We need to pursue Electronics Development Fund policy: Dr Ajay Kumar
Source:; May 3, 2014

As India goes through the elections to Lok Sabha, there is natural sense of wait and watch in the industry. The Model Code of Conduct for the elections has also had its effect. The tempo is expected to pick up again after the election process is completed and the new Government assumes office.

Significant strides have been made in last year and half with respect to policy initiatives and their implementation for the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing.

Bigger Companies Need To Invest To Create Semiconductor Ecosystem in India
Source: Silicon India; May 3, 2014

The global semiconductor industry is around $320 billion where all sizes of players can be found. But when it comes to India, it has a bit different perception. The Indian semiconductor industry is around $10 billion which is completely driven by consumption of electronic equipment, the largest share of which is taken by mobile phones followed by PCs, Laptops, Monitors, set top box and so on. There is rather zero production of semiconductor that really happens in India. This titanic difference between India and global semiconductor industry is due to the consumption backend here.

‘Automotive Electronics Industry Looks Good
Source:; May 3, 2014

The last decade has shown that the electronics in automobiles have multiplied at an astonishing rate. Electronics pretty much influence all functionalities in a vehicle. Some of the reasons driving this trend are—precision, timing, efficiency, standards, safety, comfort, user experience and connectivity. Also, this is in-line with the insatiable desire for gadgetry amongst consumers.

New device to boost image quality for cellphones, TVs
Source: The Financial Express; May 4, 2014

Researchers have developed a new device that could significantly boost the quality of images on smartphones, computer displays, TVs and inkjet printers.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles have developed inexpensive, high-mobility semiconductors for liquid crystal displays (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.

"Our semiconductor process is faster, less expensive and more reliable than existing processes," said Yang Yang, the Carol and Lawrence E Tannas Jr Professor of Engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Semiconductor growth 2013: Chip: 5%, Equipment: -11.5%, Material: -3%, Assembly: 2.3%
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; May 5, 2014

Gartner has reported the total worldwide semiconductor device revenue reached $315 billion in 2013, up 5 percent from 2012. The combined revenue of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased by 6.9 percent during 2013, where memory chip market increased 23.5 percent in 2013, according to Gartner. Intel continue to stay ahead of the rest, even though its revenue down by 1 percent due to lesser PC sales.

GlobalEdge hosts its annual event techEdge 2014
Source: CIOL; May 5, 2014

GlobalEdge Software Ltd, an embedded software solutions and services company focused on Wireless, Telecom, Semiconductor, IP Networking and Automotive Technologies organized "techEdge 2014", the company's annual Tech fest for the year 2014.

It also inaugurated its new 70,000 sq. ft. facility at Global Village Tech Park, Mysore Road.

Mr M N Vidyashankar is the new IESA President
Source: Net India123; May 5, 2014

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, today announced the appointment of Mr M N Vidyashankar as the new President. Mr Vidyashankar has served in Karnataka Government in various capacities including Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Commerce & Industries and Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, according to a release here. He has more than 30 years' experience in management and administration of various government offices, autonomous bodies, boards and corporations and is serving on the board of various industry & academia committees.

Bangalore-based firm enables smooth video viewing on 2G
Source: The Times Of India; May 6, 2014

When Brahmayya Akella, a technology professional and an IIT Madras-IIM Bangalore alumnus, encountered incredibly slow buffering speeds that spoilt the fun of watching videos on demand on mobile devices, he wanted to do something about it.

Around the same time a common friend introduced him to Mahesh Subramanian, a former chief network architect at storage and communication major Marvell. The two hit it off and decided to start Touchfone Technology, a mobile platform that delivers video on demand. That was in 2009.

‘Designed in India is a big trend’: Somshubhro Pal Choudhury, MD, Analog Devices India
Source: Information Week; May 7, 2014

With the government giving the approval for setting up two semiconductor fabrication facilities in India, the future looks promising for semiconductor manufacturing companies. Somshubhro Pal Choudhury, MD, Analog Devices India, shares his perspective on the importance of the new semiconductor policy and the importance of India to Analog Devices

Intel bets on Android for tablet sales
Source: The Hindu Business Line; May 8, 2014

Technology major Intel is betting its future on Android to drive tablet sales in India.

The semiconductor giant has outlined its strategy, which would include an increased focus on tablets and 2-in-1 computers, predominantly running on the Android operating system platform that runs in 80 per cent of smartphones globally.

To achieve this objective, Intel has partnered with original equipment makers such as HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Panasonic and Asus across a range of devices from 8-inch tablets to 2-in-1s, which is industry parlance for computers that can be a tablet and a laptop.

Chip market stays upbeat, says analyst
Source: EE Times India; May 8, 2014

According to the latest report from the United States Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the three-month average of global chip sales was $26.16 billion in March, up 11.4 per cent over the equivalent figure in March 2013. This is based on the data compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation.

Sequentially the three-month average sales were up 0.4 per cent from 26.04 billion in February 2014, a figure that had been revised upwards from $25.87 billion. The uplift for February resulted in YoY growth of 12.1 per cent in February and, in consequence a slight moderation in the growth rate in March. Nonetheless, Q1 global chip sales were the highest ever.

India smartphone usage seen at 520 million by 2020: Ericsson
Source: Business Standard; May 8, 2014

Ericsson, a leader in communications technology and services, sees India's mobile subscriber base growing to 1,145 million by 2020 from about 795 million in 2013.

In a release today, the company said. during the same period, smartphone penetration in the country will also grow to 45 percent or 520 million devices from 10 per cent or 90 million devices in 2013.

India has 54 of world's largest, most powerful public companies
Source: Business Standard; May 9, 2014

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) leads the pack of 54 Indian companies on Forbes' annual list of the world's 2000 largest and most powerful public companies, with Chinese companies occupying the top three slots. The Global 2000 is a comprehensive list of the world's largest, most powerful public companies, as measured by revenues, profits, assets and market value.

The next three biggest industries by membership are oil & gas (125 companies), insurance (114), and utilities (110). In terms of growth, the semiconductor industry leads all sectors in sales (up 11 per cent), while diversified financial companies in aggregate have an astounding 90 per cent growth rate in profit and construction leads asset growth (up 18 per cent), according to the magazine.

Compiled by IESA Research

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