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
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
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: Fool.com; 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.
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
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.”
growth in 2014 and 2015
Source: SemiWiki; May 12,
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
Electronicsforyou.com; 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: Livemint.com; May
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
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
"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
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
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