IESA WINWire Nov 29 - Dec 05, 2014
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GIDC to set up major electronic parks in Khoraj village near Sanand
Source: Desh Gujarat; November 29, 2014


Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India has notified Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Vadodara district as the new zone under the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) and Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS).

All units within these areas which are located within industrial estates, industrial areas or an area approved by state/central/local government or municipal authorities for use of industrial purpose will be eligible for M-SIPS benefits.

Taiwan Extends 'Original Brand Manufacturer' Model Link Up With Indian Companies
Source:; November 29, 2014


Taiwanese businesses in line with their plans for industrial collaboration with India have extended their partnership with Indian companies on a unique ‘Original brand manufacturer’ (OBM) model. Under this model, Taiwanese companies will set up manufacturing units in India and would thereby allow the Indian partners to put their brands on the products made here.

NXP Semiconductors Acquires Wearable and Bluetooth IC Developer Quintic
Source: EE Herald; November 30, 2014

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Quintic to acquire assets and IP related to its Wearable and Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) IC business.

“Quintic has impressive customer traction with its standalone BTLE solutions, especially in the Chinese eco-system that it operates in, and is a leader in developing innovative integrated solutions for the nascent wearables market. With NXP’s strength in ultra-low power microcontrollers and security, broad IoT application solutions offering, and global sales and distribution reach, the acquired Quintic business should become a true leader in its market. With this transaction, NXP now offers the complete range of ultra-low power connectivity standards relevant to the Internet-of-Things, being NFC, Zigbee and BTLE”, said Mark Hamersma, General Manager and SVP Emerging Businesses at NXP.

IT Dept. seeks changes in IPR to promote ESDM sector
Source: Business Standard; December 1, 2014

To give a boost to the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector, the state IT (information technology) department has pitched for inclusion of this sunrise sector in the objectives of the draft Odisha Industrial Policy - 2014, which is on its last leg of finalization.

The draft IPR will replace the old one formulated in 2007. IPR-2014 envisages to promote sectors such as IT/ ITes (enabled services), biotechnology, agro, marine and food processing, tourism, textiles and apparel and automotive industries, specifically, those offer strong linkages to employment generation and exports, apparently missing out the ESDM sector.

It may be noted that ESDM sector is poised to generate cumulative revenue of Rs 18,800 crore in Odisha by 2024, as per the Strategic Roadmap for Development of ESDM Sector prepared by the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), a premier trade body representing the ESDM sector.

Intel India launches 'Digital Skills for India' Program
Source: India Infoline Ltd; December 2, 2014

Reiterating its commitment to support the Government's Digital India vision, Intel India today launched its 'Digital Skills for India' Program. Through the program, Intel India will work with the government to impact 5 million citizens by the end of 2015 with skills to compete in the global digital economy. As part of the initiative, Intel India unveiled the Digital Skills Training Application comprising of modules on Digital Literacy, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare and Cleanliness in 5 Indian languages. This Application will be available freely on the Android Play Store* from the 6th of December, while a similar offline training module will also be made available in 7 Indian languages. Intel India will also work with Bharat Broadband Network Limited* to build capacity by imparting digital literacy training to key resource persons in the first 1000 Panchayats under the National Optic Fiber Network* roll-out in India.

IDCO spends Rs 72 cr on Infovalley project
Source: Business Standard; December 2, 2014

The Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) has spent Rs 71.62 crore towards land acquisition and infrastructure development on the Infovalley project being developed on the city’s outskirts to draw investors in IT and electronics hardware sectors.

“The total expenditure incurred by Idco for the Infovalley project by the end of October is Rs 71.62 crore (Rs 41.32 crore towards land acquisition and Rs 30.30 crore for infrastructure development). The Infovalley project is now ready for entrepreneurs and will be functional soon,” state IT minister Pranab Prakash Das informed the state assembly through a written reply.

China-Us Trade Pact Puts Pressure on India to Fast Track Electronics Manufacturing
Source: Business Standard; December 3, 2014

The Narendra Modi government will have to intensify its efforts to promote local manufacturing of electronics to counter the possible fallout from the US-China trade pact that removes import tariffs on a host of new electronic items.

In the wake of the pact, which was signed last month, India is facing renewed pressure to sign the extended Information Technology Agreement (ITA).

India has been reluctant to sign the pact, saying the ITA will only be beneficial to the country when domestic manufacturing is robust.

Major trading nations set to expand list of products in ITA
Source:; December 3, 2014

Over the next seven days, the big boys of the global trading system—the US, the European Union, China, Japan, Korea, Canada and others—are all set to conclude a plurilateral agreement at the World Trade Organization to expand the list of products in the existing information and technology agreement (ITA). As part of this new deal, import duties will be eliminated over 200 products in the IT sector among the participating countries. The list of products include semiconductors, magnetic resonance imaging machines, computed tomography machines, printed matter and cards to download software and games, printer ink cartridges, loud speakers, software media such as solid state devices, and video game consoles, among others.

Freescale Acquires Zenverge and its Market-Leading Transcoding Technology
Source:; December 4, 2014

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has acquired Zenverge, a fabless semiconductor company and a leading developer of advanced HD content processing ICs.

Zenverge’s market-leading transcoding technology enables the conversion of one media stream into multiple streams, each individually formatted and optimized for the specific internet connected device or platform where it will be displayed. Among the supported formats planned is the Ultra HD (HEVC) standard, which features outstanding 4K resolution while delivering up to 50 percent bandwidth savings due to highly advanced data compression. The Zenverge technology also allows for the secure sharing of HD video and other rich digital content, while providing seamless integration of content distributed across the cloud and throughout the world’s networks.

Rs.10,000 crore fund for start-ups planned: Official
Source: The Pioneer; December 4, 2014

In a bid to promote innovation and development of the start-ups in the country, the central government's department of electronics and information technology is planning to set up a Rs.10,000 crore fund, a top official said Thursday.

According to Electronics and Information Secretary R.S. Sharma, his department is coming up with an "Electronics Development Fund" and looking at collaborations with venture capitalists (VC) post which it will identify the start-up companies where the fund will be made available.

Zero Import by 2020 in Electronics Sector Feasible: Ajay Shankar
Source: SupportBiz; December 4, 2014

National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) has been set up by the Government to provide a continuing forum for policy dialogue to energise and sustain the growth of manufacturing industries in India.

New Delhi: The Government’s vision of reducing our import burden by taking forward our Prime Narendra Modi’s vision would be key in reducing the fiscal burden, says former Ajay Shankar, Member Secretary, NMCC.

Addressing a Seminar on “Make in India: Electronics – Substituting Surmounting Imports” under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here Ajay Shankar said that the Indian Electronic Industry is still at an infant stage and India needs to create an Investment case for itself.

Atmel Corporation to Double Staff Strength in Chennai R&D
Source: Business Standard; December 4, 2014

Atmel R&D India Pvt Ltd, the subsidiary of US-based Atmel Corporation which manufactures of microcontrollers and touch technology semiconductors Atmel Corporation is planning to double its strength in the R&D facility in Chennai in next three to five years.

Speaking to the reporters here, Steven Laub, president and CEO of Atmel Corporation said that the development centre at present has strength of 200 people and the company is planning to double it in next three to five years. The expansion in headcount would be driven by the increasing market requirement of innovative products, he added. The company is supplying to smart phone companies likeSamsung and Xiaomi apart from various other companies in various industrial sectors including computing and automotive. It also works on various wearable devices and health monitoring devices other than its normal products and solutions offerings.

APIIC to offer alternative sites for EMC project
Source: The Hindu; December 5, 2014

After the Centre did not show any interest to set up an Electronic Manufacturing Cluster at Jagannadhapuram near Parawada, the A. P. Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has decided to offer alternative sites for the coveted project.

In its recent disclosure on the status of various EMC projects proposed at various places in the country, the Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) under the Ministry of Communications and IT stated that the application had been withdrawn for the project near Visakhapatnam.

The EMC was conceived during the UPA Government in 2011 to develop electronic units in an area of 100 acres. The project would have attracted an investment worth over Rs.100 crore.

Intel to invest $1.6b in China, Bring Advanced Chip-testing Tech
Source: Economic Times Epaper (Bangalore); December 5, 2014

Intel Corp will invest $1.6 billion to upgrade its factory in the city of Chengdu in western China, the latest sign of how the chipmaker is deepening ties in a market that is proving increasingly troublesome for some US technology peers.

As part of the upgrade, Intel said in a statement on December 4 that it would bring its most advanced chip-testing technology to China. In exchange, it will receive local and regional government support for construction. “Deploying our newest advanced testing technology in China shows our commitment to innovating jointly with China,“ Intel executive vice-president William Holt said. “The fully upgraded Chengdu plant will help the Chinese semiconductor industry and boost regional economic growth.“

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