IESA WINWire May 10 - May 16, 2014
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India to have 500 million mobile broadband users by 2020: Ericsson
Source: The Times Of India; May 10, 2014


Ericsson estimates that India's mobile subscriber base will grow from 795 million in 2013 to 1145 million subscribers by 2020. Simultaneously, smartphone penetration will grow from 10% or 90 million devices in 2013 to 45% or 520 million devices.

A strong user base and high-speed broadband connectivity will fundamentally change the way people live, interact and do business; with consumers expecting data connectivity at all times, everywhere.

Samsung starts advanced chip production in China
Source: Maeil Business; May 11, 2014


Samsung Electronics began mass production of cutting-edge ‘NAND Flash memory chips’ in the world’s largest semiconductor market China. The move is in the eyes of the global electronics industry as this is the first V-NAND production which can manufacture products with more than twice the productivity of the existing one.

Collaborated effort in offering automotive design platforms
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; May 11, 2014

The smart and connected, are the two buzzwords in the automotive design community. Both the smart and connected or not separable. To make the car smart, advanced connectivity is required. To design such cars, automotive engineers need advance and platforms/tools in the form of both hardware and software. Leading technology export companies in automotive domain are finding it difficult to design advanced cars without partnering with complementing experts.

Unless Intel Wins Apple, Foundry Is a Waste of Time
Source:; May 11, 2014

Intel has been pretty loudly telegraphing its intentions to become a major, high-end semiconductor foundry player. Its highest-profile win to date has been FPGA vendor Altera, and it is presumed that the company is working to bring aboard more customers interested in the leading edge. Some investors believe that Intel's future is as a semiconductor foundry, but if you really dig deep into the numbers, there's just not enough business there to make it worth Intel's while.

India's most trusted brands: Samsung, Sony, Tata, more
Source: Financial Express; May 11, 2014

Samsung, the consumer durables and electronics leader, secures its position as India's most trusted brand in The Brand Trust Report-2014. Breaking the three years streak of Nokia, Samsung has steadily climbed ranks over the last three years with unwaveringly accuracy. It had ranked 5th most trusted brand in 2011, 4th in 2012 and 2nd in 2013. Samsung has also achieved spectacular growth by tripling its turnover to nearly Rs 27,000 Crore between 2008 and 2012.

Blackout of electronics looms, deadlock over BIS certification continues
Source: Business Standard; May 12, 2014

The deadlock on labeling of certified electronics continues even as the June deadline set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is just around the corner.

A recent missive by BIS asked sellers of products such as tablets and laptops to emboss or screen print the quality certification on each product.

However, the industry claims that it is impossible carry the attestation on the product in this form as a significant chunk of electronics are not manufactured in India, but imported from countries such as Taiwan and China.

US Chip Industry Has ‘Innovation Deficit’ Says SIA CEO
Source: Electronics Weekly; May 12, 2014

The US semiconductor industry is suffering from an ‘innovation deficit’ says the CEO of the SIA, Brian Toohey.

“One threat to the semiconductor market’s continued growth and America’s overall economic strength is the innovation deficit – the gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and higher education,” says Toohey, “policymakers should act swiftly to close the innovation deficit by committing to robust and sustained investments in basic scientific research and higher education.”

Healthy semiconductor growth in 2014 and 2015
Source: SemiWiki; May 12, 2014

The first quarter 2014 semiconductor market was $78.5 billion, down 1.8% from fourth quarter 2013 and up 11.4% from a year ago, according to World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS). The year-to-year growth was the highest since 4Q 2010. The year-to-year growth has been accelerating for the last four quarters. Our February forecast at Semiconductor Intelligence was for 10% semiconductor market growth in 2014. This forecast is dependent on healthy quarter-to-quarter growth of 5% or higher in 2Q 2014 and 3Q 2014. The table below shows 1Q 2014 (or nearest fiscal quarter) revenue growth for major semiconductor companies and their guidance for 2Q 2014.

Design Your Career on A Tiny Wafer
Source:; May 12, 2014

The $10-billion electronics and chip design global market is growing at a rate of 6 to 10 per cent annually. With India evolving into one of the major players in this sector, job opportunities are tremendous.

The arrival of embedded systems (where intelligent devices are put inside everyday objects) and ubiquitous computing (where small computing devices proliferate to such an extent that even your shoes may be used to monitor your heartbeats) has given a boost to demand for professionals in chip design.

Jaypee plans Rs.18,000 crore initial investment in microchip facility
Source:; May 13, 2014

Jaypee Group will proceed with its ambitious microchip fabrication facility in partnership with International Business Machines Corp., betting that a new government at the centre will boost infrastructure development, the lack of which has discouraged semiconductor makers from setting up plants in Asia’s third-largest economy.

Noida-based Jaypee, whose business interests include real estate, power and cement, will invest Rs.18,000 crore through group company Jaiprakash Associates Ltd in the first phase and is targeting the Indian electronics market with annual imports of $20 billion.

India needs capital intensive products development ecosystem to boost ER&D
Source:; May 14, 2014

The severe economic downturn has impacted the global offshoring industry. However, investment in research & development is increasing and innovation continues to drive the global economy. Global Engineering R&D (ER&D) spend has witnessed significant growth and this trend continues. The CAGR for last couple of years has been 10 percent which is expected to grow to about 14 percent in coming years. All this will have a positive impact on the Indian ER&D industry as well.

Land Takeover for e-Hub Gets Go-ahead
Source: The New Indian Express; May 14, 2014

Giving the electronic hub project proposed by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) a major boost, the State Government have issued a notification to the district administration to begin land acquisition at Amballoor panchayat.

District Collector M G Rajamanickam said measures will be initiated in a week’s time to identify the land for acquisition. “Land which is demarcated as wetland will be excluded. In a week, the appropriate land will be identified and the report will be submitted to the government,” he said.

14 Indian Cos Participate In BITS Brazil 2014
Source: Light Reading India; May 14, 2014

A number of Indian companies are participating at BITS – a CeBIT Event (Business IT South America) from May 13 – 15, 2014, said an event release. BITS will be home to the ICT-sector with CIOs and other decision makers from across the globe converging in Brazil for this mega event, it added.

India recently also participated at CeBIT Hannover in March 2014. An Indian company named Crayon Data, founded by two graduates from IIM-Calcutta in 2012, was selected as one of the top 50 finalists shortlisted for the Code_n Awards at CeBIT Hannover 2014.

Electronics Ind praises UPA govt, wants next govt to fill gaps
Source: Business Standard; May 15, 2014

The Indian electronics industry has praised works done by the UPA government and expects the next government to accelerate implementation of policies laid down for development of the domestic industry.

"The present government has taken decisions, they have made policies.... Milestones have been done. Whosoever is the next government, whatever policy is there, should focus on execution and implementation," India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) Chairman Ashok Chandak said.

Smartphone shipments in India rise 219% to 14.5 mn units in January March period
Source: domain-B; May 15, 2014

Smartphone shipments in India registered an increase of 219 per cent to 14.5 million units in January-March this year, with over half of the handsets shipped being 3G-enabled, according to research firm CyberMedia Research (CMR).The year ago period had seen smartphone shipments at 6.6 million units according to a statement by the research company.

Compiled by IESA Research

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