IESA WINWire Oct 25 - Oct 31, 2014
for Subscription click here  
9th Anniversary

IESA Technovation Awards 2014 – SEND YOUR NOMINATIONS NOW

Over the years the Technovation awards have set quality standards for the electronics and semiconductor ecosystem. The Awards will honor India’s best individual contributors and organizations that drive the industry forward; and provide them with a platform to showcase their achievements and product successes. Nominations open till November 7, 2014. Nomination Forms available on IESA Technovation Website. Click on the link for details

Lava to soon shift manufacturing base from China to India
Source: Economic Times; October 26, 2014


Lava, the country's fourth-biggest smartphone maker, could become the first local mobile handset company to start domestic production as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make-in-India' push helps the country to become an attractive alternative to China as a manufacturing base.

The company, which sells Lava and Xolo branded phones, plans to spend Rs 500 crore in local operations over three years, after which it will shift most or all of its production from China to India.

Qualcomm to acquire CSR to speed-up its IOT growth
Source: Electronics Engineering Herald; October 27, 2014

Qualcomm has reached agreement with CSR, where the share capital of CSR will be acquired at a rate of £9.00 per share, which is valued approximately US dollar 2.5 Billion.

UK-based fabless Wireless semiconductor chip maker CSR is one of the fast-grown companies in the area of Bluetooth, but from past one year or little more, CSR is not seeing the same level of growth, what it has seen before. CSR may find the acquisition proposal by Qualcomm a somewhat welcome.

Centre to link mobile SIM with Aadhaar: Official
Source: The Week; October 27, 2014

The central government is working hard to link mobile SIM with the Unique Identification (UID) number or Aadhaar, a senior official said here Monday.

"The prime minister (Narendra Modi) has directed us to link the SIM of the mobiles with the Unique Id. We are working on that issue and I am sure we will be able to resolve issues," said R.S. Sharma, secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

First Ever Internet of Things Policy Document Released By Indian Govt; Aims for $15B Market In 6 Yrs #IoT
Source: (blog); October 27, 2014

In a move which showcases the seriousness of the ‘Digital India’ vision shared by the Modi government, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) has just released nation’s first Internet of Things (IoT) policy document. This draft will act as a framework for the Government to fully implement and execute policies and campaigns pertaining to Internet of Things in India.

This policy document related with IoT framework is part of the broader ‘Digital India’ vision shared by the Modi government immediately after it came to power. A budget of Rs 1 lakh crore has already sanctioned to implement all the future plans under this vision.

SoftBank to invest $10 bn in India, focus e-commerce
Source: The Financial Express; October 28, 2014

Japanese telecom major SoftBank aims to invest $10 billion in India, with a focus on the rapidly growing e-commerce space. Masayoshi Son, Japan's richest person and chairman and CEO of Softbank, told telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday that India is the top-most priority for the company.

“Son told the minister that the visit of PM Narendra Modi to Japan has created a climate of hope and optimism about greater economic cooperation between India and Japan. He expressed immense faith in e-commerce potential of India. He estimated it to become a $0.5 trillion business in 10 years,” an official statement said.

Son added that the growth of e-commerce would lead to employment generation in India by opening up new avenues. He requested the minister to develop robust mobile phone infrastructure and sort out the issues relating to spectrum.

Paul Mozur: Using cash and pressure, China builds its chip industry
Source: Business Standard; October 28, 2014

China churns out many of the world's electronic devices: smartphones, computers, complicated networking equipment.

Now the country is redoubling its efforts to design and produce the brains behind most of those electronics, the chip.

China is playing catch-up with global rivals. Last year, the country imported $232 billion of semiconductor products, eclipsing even the amount spent on petroleum.

Work-culture panel discussion at Mentor's U2U India VLSI/electronics design event
Source: EE Herald; October 28, 2014

Mentor Graphics' 10th annual User2User India conference is scheduled to begin on Oct 31, 2014 at Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore. India. This event provides latest technology updates in VLSI/semiconductor, embedded systems and PCB design software from Mentor.

Walden C. Rhines, CEO and chairman of Mentor is presenting keynote at U2U India 2014. Pradeep Vajram, President & CEO, Smartplay is the guest keynote presenter at this event. The conference includes an industry discussion on “Bringing together Indian and Multi-National Company Work- Cultures to Create the Next-Generation Organization” with panelists Pillalamarri Sridhar, managing director, Maxlinear; Anuradha Srinivasan, research director, Intel Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.; Pradip A. Thaker, Ph.D., general manager, India Operations & Sr. Director (VLSI and H/W Engineering) for Geo Semiconductors; Himamshu Khasnis, CEO, Signalchip; and Walden C. Rhines, Mentor Graphics. So something on the work culture for first time in this kind of events.

Japan Telecom CEO assures Prasad of large investments in India
Source:; October 28, 2014

Chairman and CEO of Japanese Telecom and Internet Giant Softbank, Masayoshi Son has assured of large Japanese investments in India while noting that the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to their country has created a climate of hope and optimism about greater economic cooperation between the two countries.

This was communicated by Mr Son to Communications and Information Technology and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad when he met with him last evening.

Tata Elxsi appoints Mr. Ganapathy Subramaniam as Chairman of the board
Source: India PRwire; October 29, 2014

The Tata Elxsi Board of Directors announced the appointment of Mr. N. Ganapathy Subramaniam as an additional director and Chairman of the board, with effect from November 01, 2014.

He takes over the role of Chairman from Mr. S. Ramadorai, who stepped down from the Board of Directors of the Company, on attaining the age of 70 years as per the Company's policy.

N. Ganapathy Subramaniam is the Executive Vice President at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. and head of TCS Financial Solutions, a strategic business unit of TCS.

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka meets Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Source: The Economic Times; October 29, 2014

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka today met IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss how the Indian IT companies can be involved in the Rs 1 lakh crore Digital India programme.

"CEO of Infosys Vishal Sikka met me. We discussed more active participation of India Inc in Digital India," Prasad tweeted. 

This was a follow-up meeting between the two after their first meeting on Digital India programme in Germany.

Odisha CM urges Modi to clear ITIR project
Source: Business Standard; October 30, 2014

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant approval to the proposed IT Investment Region (ITIR) in the state capital Bhubaneswar.

"I would urge upon your kind intervention for early approval of ITIR proposal of Odisha to start the long pending project. I am sure that operationalisation of this project will contribute significantly to the Make in India and Digital India initiatives launched by the Union government," Patnaik said in a letter to Modi.

Tangled formulations make Electronic Park on rope-stand at Kerala
Source: ELE Times; October 30, 2014

A protracted and tangled formulation delivers an uncertainty for the Electronic Park.

The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) is yet to receive any herald from the government for the land acquisition of electronics park project at Amballoor which is been on stay for a long time. The State government had given its direction to acquire 171 acres for the project.

Indian Angel Network invests in Chennai-based rural distribution firm Inthree
Source: VCCircle; October 30, 2014

Indian Angel Network (IAN), a national network of angel investors, has invested an undisclosed amount in Chennai-based Inthree Access Services Pvt Ltd, according to a press release. The round was co-led by Ashvin Chadha who will also join the board of Inthree.

Inthree is an impact venture that helps the Indian hinterland access products and services, through its focus on distribution, project implementation and consultancy services.

Smartphone share of overall mobile phone sales stalling at 70 percent
Source: Macworld UK; October 30, 2014

Smartphones during the third quarter again accounted for about 70 percent of total mobile phone shipments. Prices need to fall even further to attract more users in emerging markets, but that won't happen overnight.

Android and the Firefox OS are shaping up to be the two big platforms in the low-price segment of the smartphone market, while Samsung Electronics will duke it out with multiple Chinese and Indian vendors on the hardware side, according to Mawston.

Global mobile phone shipments increased to 459.5 million during the third quarter, including 320.4 million smartphones. Overall sales increased by 7.6 percent year-on-year, while smartphone sales increased by 26.7 percent.

Compiled by IESA Research

The IESA WINWire is available on the IESA website, To receive IESA WINWire or be removed from our distribution list, email  with "Subscribe" or "Unsubscribe” in the subject box.

All information provided in this document is of a general nature and is not provided with any warranty as to its suitability to the circumstances of each individual business. Readers and users are entirely and individually responsible for taking appropriate action with regard to the setting up of such services and for the consequences of such actions. As per Copyrights Act, 1957 (“Act”) : Publishing articles which contain extracts from other works and providing the source of such extracts will not be an act of infringement of copyrights.

Copyright © 2007, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association


India Electronics & Semiconductor Association
Head office: Unit G-02, Ground Floor, Prestige Terminus-II, 901 Civil Aviation Road, (Old HAL Airport Exit Road), Konena Agrahara,
Bangalore 560 017 | India.  Phone: +91 80 4147 3250 Facsimile: +91 80 4122 1866
New Delhi office: DBS Business Centre, First Floor World Trade Tower, Barakhamba Lane Connaught Place, New Delhi - 110 001 India