STPI to Set Up
Source: The Times of India; April 4, 2015
To accommodate the needs of early-stage entrepreneurs, the Software
Technology Parks of India has decided to set up incubators spanning a
total of 10 lakh square feet across the country. The foundation stone
for this project was laid in Bengaluru by Ravi Shankar Prasad, the
union minister for Communications and IT. The first facility in
Bengaluru, with 1.25 lakh square feet, will house a datacenter and
finishing school, with construction expected to begin this month. The
Bengaluru project is estimated to cost Rs 60.4 crore. STPI was set up
by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in 1991
with the objective of encouraging, promoting and boosting software
exports from India. It has also set up a semiconductor testing lab at
a cost of Rs 14 crore to help hardware-focused companies turn around
products quickly. “The lab will enable the semiconductor companies to
test their chips locally which reduces the product design cycle and
operational costs radically,“ said a statement from STPI .
Apple Chooses Samsung
to Make Chips for the Next IPhone
Source: Business Insider; April 4, 2015
Samsung will make the chips for the next iPhone, reclaiming its place
as Apple's favored chip supplier for its most important product,
reports Bloomberg. Samsung reclaimed the spot from Taiwan
Semiconductor, which made the chips for the last iPhone and iPad.
Prior to that, Samsung had made the processors for all previous
iPhones. Last November, the Korea Times report that Samsung would
replace Taiwan Semi, but not until 2016. The win comes as Apple's
iPhone sales continue to grow at the expense of Samsung's own high-end
Samsung's phone business also faces pressure on the low end from
inexpensive Chinese Android phones.
NOFN is of strategic
importance: Rajiv Kapur
Source: Express Computer; April 4, 2015
Recently Government of India has announced that it has completed the
roll out of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) in 20000 village
panchayats. Rajiv Kapur, Managing Director, Broadcom, India in an
interview with Mohd Ujaley says, “Even though there is a change in
government, both the UPA and NDA have been giving equal importance to
What is your view of broadband adoption in India?
The broadband adoption has been quite slow in India. The number of
broadband users is still very small when compared to the large size of
our population But things are now speeding up, as the operators are
adopting newer technologies and diverse strategies for reaching out to
Cable operators such as Hathaway are pushing fibre to the home as the
preferred way of delivering broadband services. Broadband will get a
big push once the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project is
LG and Samsung
dominate global TV monitor market
Source: Arirang News; April
LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics -- maintained their vice-like
grip on the global TV monitor market last year.
Market research company I-D-C says the firms had a combined global
sales volume of more than 99 percent of the market.
LG had 53 percent and Samsung 46.2 percent of the worldwide market in
TV monitors, which double as TVs and computer screens.
The devices are popular with those living alone, and more households
are buying TV monitors as their second televisions.
IDC also projects the market will further expand to six-and-a-half
percent of overall screen purchases this year, up zero. seven
percentage points from last year.
Taiwan has world's
2nd-largest fabless IC market share: study
Source China Post: The; April 6, 2015
Taiwan performed well in integrated circuit (IC) design in 2014,
securing 18 percent of the world's fabless IC market share, ranking
second behind the United States, according to semiconductor market
research company IC Insights.
U.S. companies held the dominant share of fabless IC sales last year,
although the share fell from 69 percent in 2010 to 63 percent, IC
Insights said in the latest update to its 2015 McClean Report, an
analysis and forecast for the IC industry.
The largest increase in fabless IC market share came from Chinese
companies, which held a 9-percent share in 2014, compared to 5 percent
in 2010, the report said.
South Korea and Japan were both weak in the fabless IC market, with
each having less than 1-percent global share last year, IC Insights
TVS Electronics to tie
up with mobile companies for wholesale distribution
Source: Business Standard;
April 6, 2015
TVS Electronics will enter into agreements and business arrangements
with mobile manufacturers or wholesale distributors, the company
In an announcement to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the company said the
move is aimed at broad-basing its product business.
"While these services could enhance revenues substantially, the net
margins on such activities are expected to be very thin. The Company
believes that such opportunities provide good collateral business
benefits for repair and warranty management services for these
products in the medium to long term," it said in the announcement.
TVS Electronics a leader in the dot-matrix printer business. The
company also provides warranty and repair management services to
reputed brands in information technology, banking and mobile
Vinay Shenoy takes
over as Chairman of electronics body’s new executive council
Source: The Hindu Business
line; April 7, 2015
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier
industry body representing the Indian Electronic System Design &
Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, today announced its new Executive
Council (EC) for the year 2015-16. Vinay Shenoy, Vice President &
Managing Director, Infineon Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. has taken
over the role of Chairman for 2015-16. He was Vice Chairman for
2014-15. K. Krishnamoorthy, Managing Director, Rambus Chip
Technologies (I) Pvt. Ltd., will be the new Vice Chairman of IESA and
Santhanakrishnan Raman, Managing Director, LSI India R&D Pvt. Ltd., an
Avago Technologies Company will serve as the Treasurer. Shenoy has
more than two decades of experience in Semiconductor and Electronics
Industries. He has been associated with the sector since its nascent
stages. His experience spans Telecom, Digital Broadcasting and
Consumer Electronics markets.
Expect large scale
investment in electronics in FY'16: IESA
Source: The Economic Times;
April 7, 2015
India can expect large scale investments in the electronics sector in
2015-16, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association said today.
"India's electronic sector has been undergoing tremendous
transformation over the past few years. 2014 was a milestone year in
terms of setting the right policy environment. 2015-16 will be key in
translating those policy benefits into real action and bringing large
scale investments," IESA's new Chairman Vinay Shenoy told PTI.
IESA is represents the Indian electronic system design and
manufacturing industry. It has closely worked with government on
framing policies for domestic electronics manufacturing ecosystem.
India Electronics and
Semiconductor Association Announces Executive Council for 2015-2016
Source: The Economic Times;
April 7, 2015
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association, the industry body
representing the Indian Electronic System Design & Manufacturing has
announced its new Executive Council for the year 2015-16.
Vinay Shenoy, vice president and managing director at Infineon
Technologies has taken over the role of Chairman for 2015-16. He was
the Vice Chairman for 2014-15.
K. Krishnamoorthy, managing director at Rambus Chip Technologies would
be the new Vice Chairman of IESA and Santhanakrishnan Raman, managing
director at LSI India R&D will serve as the new Treasurer.
Shenoy has more than two decades of experience in Indian Semiconductor
and Electronics Industries. He has been associated with the sector
since its nascent stages. In the past, he has worked with Texas
Instruments, NXP, Philips Electronics and SemIndia at senior levels.
AP raises incentives
for electronic industry
Source: Business Standard;
April 7, 2015
With all the arrangements in place for the four electronic
manufacturing clusters (EMC) in different locations of the state, the
Andhra Pradesh government has decided to increase the financial
incentives to the units in a bid to make a compelling case for the
companies to set up shop here.
The government has issued orders offering 100 per cent tax
reimbursement on VAT/CST for a period of 10 years, equivalent to the
capital cost incurred by the company on its particular investment.
Earlier, the reimbursement was limited to five years from the date of
commencement of production.
In addition to this, the government has now decided to give a 10 per
cent capital subsidy on the total investment up to a maximum of Rs 5
crore in place of a similar percentage of capital subsidy but only
limited to the new capital equipment purchased for the unit.
Madhya Pradesh Gets A
'fab'-ulous Investment Policy
Source: EFYTimes.com; April
The Analogue Semiconductor Fabrication (fab) Investment Policy 2015,
launched by the government of Madhya Pradesh, is another stepping
stone in the path of making India a manufacturing hub. The policy aims
at developing analogue semiconductor fabrication and micro and nano
manufacturing technology as a vibrant industry for inclusive growth,
creating employment opportunities for people across the state. The
policy will stay in force up to December 2016 or till the announcement
of the next policy.
The policy aims to increase the flow of investments into Madhya
Pradesh to make India and the state self-sufficient in electronics
manufacturing. Along with promoting the establishment of fab units in
the state, this move will help maximise direct and indirect employment
generation opportunities for the youth in the state.
Vinay Shenoy selected
Chairman and K. Krishnamoorthy Vice-Chairman of IESA
Source: The Data Driver;
April 7, 2015
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the industry
body representing the Indian Electronic System Design & Manufacturing
(ESDM) industry today announced its new Executive Council (EC) for the
Vinay Shenoy, Vice President & Managing Director, Infineon
Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. has taken over the role of Chairman for
2015-16, he was the Vice Chairman for 2014-15. Mr. K. Krishnamoorthy,
Managing Director, Rambus Chip Technologies (I) Pvt. Ltd., would be
the new Vice Chairman of IESA and Mr. Santhanakrishnan Raman, Managing
Director, LSI India R&D Pvt. Ltd., an Avago Technologies Company will
serve as the new Treasurer.
Indian IT key to Apple's business
Source: Times of India; April 8, 2015
Apple is secretive about almost everything it does. And among its best
kept secrets is the work it does with Indian IT vendors. The vendors
themselves are sworn to secrecy through stringent non-disclosure
agreements. And since Apple is invariably among their most valued
clients, they don't disclose a word about their relationship with the
Cupertino-based iPhone and iPad maker.
But some of the secrets are spilling out. TOI spoke to some research
firms and industry sources to put together details of which vendor
does what for the $200-billion US consumer electronics brand.
Four large Indian IT companies - TCS, Infosys, Wipro and Tech Mahindra
- and a relatively small vendor Exilant are the primary vendors. The
five together provide a host of services to Apple.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Europe Trip to Push 'Make In India'
Source: NDTV; April 8, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take his push to turn thriving India
into a major manufacturing and investment hub to the eurozone's two
biggest economies this week on his maiden visit to the continent. Mr
Modi flies out Thursday to France, whose government is desperate to
save a troubled $12 billion defence deal, before heading to Germany to
inaugurate one of the world's biggest trade fairs. He will also visit
Canada at the end of the three-nation trip, home to a large Indian
diaspora. Mr Modi launched the "Make in India" campaign last year as
the centrepiece of a project to rewrite the country's reputation as a
tricky place to do business in, beset by bureaucracy, corruption and a
stringent tax regime. The government has already relaxed rules for
foreign investors, eager to create work for the millions who enter
India's jobs market each year.
NASSCOM Elects BVR Mohan Reddy As Its New Chairman
Source: VARIndia; April 9, 2015
National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has
announced that the Executive Council has elected BVR Mohan Reddy,
Founder & Executive Chairman, Cyient Ltd (formerly Infotech
Enterprises), as the Chairman of NASSCOM for 2015-16. BVR Mohan Reddy
has been a member of the NASSCOM’s Executive Council and will take on
the new role from April 9, 2015. He succeeds R. Chandrasekaran,
Executive Vice-Chairman, Cognizant India, who served as Chairman of
NASSCOM for 2014-15. The Executive Council has also announced the
election of CP Gurnani, CEO & MD of Tech Mahindra, as Vice-Chairman of
NASSCOM for 2015-16. Speaking on the occasion, BVR Mohan Reddy,
Chairman, NASSCOM, and Founder & Executive Chairman, Cyient Ltd, said,
“It is truly a great honour to be the Chairman of NASSCOM. We are in
the middle of exciting times with the IT industry gaining maturity,
several technology disruptions, and the Government’s intent to deploy
more IT for the betterment of society and economy. We have many
opportunities and challenges ahead of us.
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