IESA WINWire May 24 - May 30, 2014
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Odisha IT Dept to Be Renamed Dept Of Electronics & IT
Source: DQ Week; May 24, 2014


The Odisha government has approved the electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) road map prepared by India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), paving the way for development of this sunrise sector in the state. IESA has suggested change in the name of Department of IT as Department of Electronics & IT on the lines of renaming of the Government of India's Department of Information Technology to Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY).

How Narendra Modi Government Can Boost Technology Manufacturing to Provide Jobs to Millions
Source: The Economic Times; May 25, 2014


As contrasts go, few could be starker: technology services has ballooned to a $110-billion business in the past decade while technology manufacturing is stranded on the runway. Unsurprisingly, manufacturing hopefuls jokingly point out that "we haven't just missed the bus, we've missed the flight" and, more seriously, "we can't even make a computer mouse". Industry lobbies are hoping for a change once the new government takes charge at the Centre. Says Ashok Chandak, chairman, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA): "India has had lot of impediments in the past that made it expensive to set up plants. There's hope that things will change now." In the immediate term, to catch up with the missed opportunities IESA believe foreign collaborations is the way out. Says MN Vidyashankar, president, IESA: "Auto manufacturing took off due to joint ventures with foreign carmakers. We need similar ventures in hightech manufacturing." Already, Japan and Taiwan are scouting for collaborations.

Philips to re-enter Indian mobile handset market
Source: Times of India; May 25, 2014

Philips will launch a range of smartphones and feature phones on Wednesday, as the Dutch consumer electronics maker re-enters the extremely competitive and crowded Indian smartphone market which is one of the fastest growing in the world. A company spokesperson said that Philips brand of feature phones and smartphones will be launched on May 28 in New Delhi by Sang Fei Consumer Communications Co.

Five areas Narendra Modi should focus on to make India the next China
Source: NewsHub; May 25, 2014

India and China, two emerging economies of the Asian world, have been keenly watched across the globe for their high economic growth potential. While Five areas Narendra Modi should focus on to make India the next Chinathat has helped its economy scale new highs.

According to India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), manufacturing could create 28 million new jobs in the next 10 years and save foreign exchange, as demand for electronics hardware gadgets is set to expand from $55 billion in 2014 to $400 billion by 2020.

MAIT in Dialogue with ICT Head of BJP
Source: The Hindu; May 25, 2014

The Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT) has started working closely with the BJP’s head for ICT (information, communication, and technology) industry interface and policy issues so as to hit the ground running when the new government starts functioning. The IT hardware industry has been grappling with a number of regulatory issues over the last one year, the most prominent of which is its tussle with the Bureau of Industry Standards over certification standards. The outgoing dispensation, for instance, also recently ordered a change in which electronic products would have to be labelled. “Not only was the label change an outrageous demand… it was also expected to be executed at such short notice. We are hoping that a number of the issues that have delayed shipments and have caused potential spikes in prices will soon be sorted,” said a top executive of a leading PC and laptop firm. According to a note, MAIT has reached out to Vinit Goenka, who is the head for ICT industry interface & policy issues, and his team.

Internet of Things: The Next Wave in Computing
Source: EE Times India; May 26, 2014

Innovation has been a key factor in the success of the electronics industry. Gordon E Moore’s Law — that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years — had held true for 40 years. The industry has now steadily improved the footprint, the cost, the performance and the power dissipation of electronic circuits. Can aspiring engineers keep up the rate of progress? Working in that direction are some students from various engineering institutes in the country who competed in teams to put their learning to practical use for society, at the Texas Instruments India Educators’ Conference (TIIADC) 2014, held recently. The scaling of Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology, used for constructing integrated circuits, cannot continue much longer.

The policy mix that industry needs
Source: The Hindu Business Line; May 26, 2014

To stay competitive in the global market place and create employment opportunities for the country’s young workforce, it is imperative for India to transform its manufacturing sector.

India has low indigenous manufacturing capability in the bio medical devices industry, heavy machinery (mechanical and electrical) industry and the semiconductor and advanced electronics industries. India’s competence is restricted to automotives, auto-components, consumer goods, basic computer hardware, pharmaceuticals and so on — all of which are largely driven by private industry.

Micromax ropes in Vineet Taneja from Samsung as CEO
Source: VCCircle; May 26, 2014

Homegrown handset and tablet manufacturer Micromax Informatics Ltd has appointed Vineet Taneja, former country head (IT & mobile businesses) at Samsung India, as its chief executive officer. Taneja is replacing Deepak Mehrotra, who had quit the firm in October last year to join Pearson India as managing director.

In his new role, Taneja will drive global partnerships and strategic alliances while strengthening the organisational capabilities within the firm.

What Indian handset makers see at Modi-led new government?
Source:; May 26, 2014

As the whole country is looking at Narendra Modi led Indian government, the Indian handset makers are also in the list, who are expecting the new government to rationalize the structures of local tax and decrease import duty on phones ranging below Rs 2,000 from the present 7 to 1%.

The whole industry is seeing these changes to occur immediately.

In the long run, the Indian phone manufacturers want the Modi-led government to incorporate a semiconductor policy that will help creating a highly required ecosystem for the making of phones in the homeland.

Taking charge of electronics
Source: The Hindu Business Line; May 27, 2014

With the newly elected government in power, the Indian electronics sector is full of optimism. Growth in this sector, especially in manufacturing, has not taken off and the sector awaits faster implementation of policy. Now, with a strong political mandate, the Government should go ahead to boost business and industry sentiment.

Based on the recommendations of a task force I headed in 2009, the Government had created the electronics policy to cover manufacturing.

Prasad: Restoring investor confidence, jobs key tasks
Source: Indian Express ; May 27, 2014

Restoring investor confidence in the country’s telecom sector and job creation in electronics manufacturing are the two key priorities of the new Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who took charge on Tuesday.

“We will create an enabling atmosphere that will lead to improvement in investor sentiment. The decision-making shall be fair, based on the twin objective of growth and consumer satisfaction.

Telecom Minister to meet DEITY officials tomorrow
Source: Business Standard; May 28, 2014

Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will meet officials of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITy) for the second time to take detail presentation of issues and proposed action plan. "Tomorrow I will go to IT (ministry) and share time with them," Prasad said after completing his second round of meeting with Department of Telecom Officials.

UPA regime approved first ever policy focused on electronics manufacturing in 2013. The policy attracted investment worth Rs 75,000 crore.

Major chunk of total proposed investments, about Rs 63,000 crore, was from two semiconductor plants which is yet to be made by selected groups.

India’s Mobile Governance Initiative bags United Nations Public Service Award
Source: Press Information Bureau; May 28, 2014

The United Nations Public Service Awards Programme (UNPSA), the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service, rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.

"Mobile Seva", the national mobile governance initiative launched by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India, has bagged the second prize under the category on "Promoting Whole-of-Government Approaches in the Information Age" of the United Nations Public Service Awards, 2014. Mobile Seva is the only winner from India across all categories this year.

Apple to acquire Beats Music & Electronics for $3 billion
Source: Business Standard; May 29, 2014

Tech giant Apple will acquire music service Beats Music and Beats Electronics for USD 3 billion, a move aimed at strengthening its music services portfolio.

The deal, expected to close in the fourth quarter, will see Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joining Apple.

Speculations about the deal started earlier this month with the size estimated at USD 3.2 billion.

Centre approves electronics projects worth Rs 89 crore in Madhya Pradesh
Source: IBNLive; May 30, 2014

The Central government has sanctioned electronics manufacturing projects worth Rs 88.65 crore in two districts of Madhya Pradesh.

The projects, coming up at Badwai near in Bhopal and Purva near Jabalpur, will provide employment to over 17,000 people, said a release issued by the state government's Information Technology department.

RED PITAYA – Oscilloscope, Function Generator & Spectrum Analyser All in One
Source: Company Press Release; May 30, 2014

RED PITAYA, an innovative single board, low cost, high spec, multifunctional and portable PCB based electronic Test & Measurement Device that replaces expensive lab & field instruments and is available exclusively with RS Components. RED PITAYA is a programmable device powered by Xilinx Zynq7000 SoC that combines dual core ARM & FPGA and runs on Linux. It uses open source ecosystem approach which let users to download standard applications from Bazaar and customized these applications at various programming levels & also develops new applications using source code and documentation available from Backyard. Standard Applications that are available are Oscilloscope, Function Generator, Spectrum Analyzer. It has web interface where multiple devices like PC, laptops, Smartphone, iPad, iPhone can be connected to it.

Low Cost 3D Printer - RepRapPro Ormerod
Source: Company Press Release; May 30, 2014

It is a very low cost, open source 3D printer powered by open source embedded platform Arduino Duet ( features 32 bit, ARM core SAM3X8E microprocessor from ATMEL). It let you print 3D model with a maximum volume of 200mm3 which is exceptional for a printer of such low cost. Print quality is excellent with a accuracy of .1mm and precision of .0125mm. Printing happens with thermoplastic material (PLA & ABS). I reel of PLA filament is provided with printer (additional reel in different colors are available with RS). Printer is compatible with DesignSpark Mechanical (a free-of-charge, professional 3D design software from RS) and has Ethernet connectivity, USB connectivity.

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