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Cricket Semiconductor Plans Rs.6,000-Cr Fab Plant
Source: The Hindu Business line; February 14, 2015

US-based Cricket Semiconductor has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Madhya Pradesh Government to set up an analog fab in the State. The company will invest Rs.6,000 crore to set up analog water fab in India. “The creation of this fab ecosystem coupled with the products and systems value chain is expected to create 4.5 lakh jobs, making a potential future economic impact of $40 billion, over its project life span and reduce electronics import burden for the nation,” the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) said in a statement.

The trade body added that as semiconductors are the key component of electronic products, the presence of a wafer fab will help in faster growth of the electronic system design and manufacturing industry in the State.
Ashok Chandak, Chairman, IESA, said, “The specialty fab will enable the electronics industry to better utilise the Indian skill sets, give fillip to start-ups and enable innovations of electronic products designed in India at lower cost of technology development, lower investment cost and lesser risk. With Cricket Semiconductor team’s deep experience in design, technology, and manufacturing of analog / power semiconductors, we hope to see the analog and power semiconductors being made in India soon.”

State Of Madhya Pradesh, Cricket Semiconductor and IESA Working Towards India's First Specialty Fab
Source: EFY Times; February 14, 2015

IESA (India Electronics & Semiconductor Association), the premier trade body representing the Indian ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) industry today disclosed details of their key role in enabling the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Cricket Semiconductor and the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh for an analog fab proposed to be set-up in the state. They provided a strategic roadmap to the company for locating the proposed unit in the country. The industry body is also helping Madhya Pradesh for their investment promotion initiatives. The proposed investment is expected to be INR 6000 Crore ($1B USD) to set up an analog wafer fab in the country.

The creation of this fab ecosystem coupled with the products and systems value chain is expected to create close to 450,000 new jobs, making a potential future economic impact of $40B, over its project life span and reduce electronics import burden for the nation.

IESA to Build Resource Base for Design-Led Electronics Manufacturing In India
Source: ESDM; February 15, 2015

IESA (India Electronics & Semiconductor Association has announced a SPEED UP and SCALE UP of its talent development initiative through Centre of Excellence with Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) and a Memorandum of Understanding with VTU (Visvesvaraya Technological University) and RV-VLSI Design Center to build the talent pipeline in the ESDM space by strengthening industry-academia relations.

As per the MoU with ESSCI, Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) and IESA will be collaboratively working to support a Centre of Excellence (COE), within an identified institution. The COE will have latest facilities for training students in Semiconductor design, Embedded design and Internet of Things (IOT) as per the National Occupational Standards (NOSs). The primary focus will be nurturing the trainer for facilitating sufficient capacity of trained manpower in multiple locations.

Making in India, For Aerospace and Defence
Source: The Financial Express; February 16, 2015

As of 2013, aerospace and defence (A&D) offsets are reported to have generated business worth $3.5 billion. While it is true that in value-terms, most of this is accounted for by a relatively small number of SMEs, it is undeniable that a whole range of Indian SMEs now have genuine exposure to global markets and standards. The fact that ‘build to print’ type of orders are growing for Indian SMEs shows that this segment of the A&D market has now matured to fulfil stringent global aerospace standards while remaining competitive on cost. Given that A&D majors across the world are looking to pare costs by up to 20%, this is something that is obviously attracting the attention of many global players. Overall, although SMEs have benefited by engaging global value chains, it is now time for them to raise their capabilities to higher levels of value addition. This would enable them to penetrate deeper into the global market. As a by-product, it would also enable them to participate in a massive indigenisation push under the Make-in-India scheme.

Vivek Sharma of ST Micro on the Broad-Mix Power and IoT Opportunity
Source: EE Herald; February 16, 2015

STMicroelectronics is the top investor in India in the semiconductor domain. ST has big development center in Noida and is one of the top 5 semiconductor vendors in India. ST's speciality is its ability to maintain top 3 global ranking in multiple domains of semiconductor components and sensors. This writer interacted with Vivek Sharma, Vice President, Greater China & South Asia- India Operations, STMicroelectronics at the recently concluded India semiconductor event IESA Vision Summit 2015. Like ST, Vivek's knowledge is also wider and deeper. Below are points explained by Vivek on ST's product offerings, IoT opportunity and India's Electronics and System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) market opportunities.

On ST's sensor product mix:

Vivek Sharma: Starting with motion sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, we have the pressure sensors, temperature sensors, humidity sensors and also miniature microphones. The key idea of this pillar (Vivek refers to ST's expertise in each category as pillar) is we were able to sense the world. At the end human pursue beyond our senses.

Budget 2015: Incentives for manufacturing of mobile, laptops on the anvil
Source: The Economic Times; February 17, 2015

The government is planning to come up with an incentive package in the upcoming Budget to encourage manufacturing of electronic hardware including mobile phones and laptops as part of the 'Make in India' campaign.

Some announcements to this affect are likely to be made in the Budget by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 28.

Pitching for a package of incentives, the Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) has suggested that the Finance Minister should look at providing 10 year tax holiday for manufacturing of mobile handsets, tablets, laptops, desktops, telecom equipment, solar cells and medical electronics.

Haryana proposes setting up of brownfield electronics cluster in NCR
Source: The Times of India; February 17, 2015

The Haryana government has sent a detailed proposal to the Central government to notify the Faridabad-Ballabgarh-Palwal area as a Brownfield Electronics Manufacturing Cluster in the state.

A spokesman of Industries department said on Tuesday that once the proposal is accepted and the area is notified, it would attract the software industry and boosting employment in the state.

The scheme provides for subsidy of 20 per cent for investment in capital expenditure in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and 25 per cent in non-SEZs.

Haryana chief minister, Manohar Lal had approved this proposal and directed that the department should identify more clusters in the state that can be eligible to be notified under the scheme. It also provides for reimbursement of CVD or excise on capital equipment for the non-SEZ units. For high technology and high capital investment units like fabs, reimbursement of central taxes and duties is also provided.

Ministerial Departments Agree To Extend Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme By 5 Years
Source: The Economic Times; February 18, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' plan is set to get a boost as various ministerial departments have reached a broad consensus to extend the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) by five years and allow additional benefits for high-investment projects in the country aimed at reducing dependence on electronic imports.

A draft Cabinet note suggesting amendments to the existing M-SIPS scheme was discussed with over a dozen departments, including the commerce ministry, Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy (DIPP) and National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, which have "broadly supported the proposal," officials in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) said, as per a note seen by ET. Besides allowing the scheme to continue beyond its July 2015 deadline to 2020, the proposal seeks to include consumer electronic products such as smart cards, refrigerators, air conditioners, automatic washing machines and Internet of Things products under the ambit of M-SIPS.

Other sectors may also get special incentive in budget
Source: Business Standard; February 18, 2015

Soon, makers of consumer appliances, optical fibres, smart cards, etc, might be able to avail of the government's subsidy scheme for manufacturing products in the country. Under the 'Make in India' initiative, the Department of Information Technology and Communications plans to extend the Modified Special Incentive scheme, through which the government offers subsidy for capital expenditure - 20 per cent for investment in special economic zones (SEZs) and 25 per cent in non-SEZs. The new sectors to be included are consumer appliances, optical fibres, smart cards, electronic product designs, raw materials for electronic products, capital equipment for electronics manufacturing, etc, sources say.

Aero India: A strong defence sector important for Make in India initiative, says PM Modi
Source: Firstpost; February 18, 2015

Inaugurating the 10th edition of the Aero India 2015 in Bengaluru on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was important to modernise India's defence forces and increase preparedness.
PM Narendra Modi said the defence industry needed to be dynamic. PTIPM Narendra Modi said the defence industry needed to be dynamic. PTI

"We do need to increase our defence preparedness. We do have to modernise our defence forces," said Modi as he flagged off South Asia's biggest air show to showcase India's air prowess and seek investments from global aerospace firms to realise his government's 'Make in India' programme in the strategic defence sector.

Modi is the second prime minister - after HD Deva Gowda in February 1997 - to unveil the biennial Aero India expo.

PM Modi inaugurates Centre for Nano Science Engineering at IISc
Source: Jagran Post; February 18, 2015

The Centre is considered to be the most sophisticated and comprehensive cluster of micro and nano-tech laboratories in India.

It is designed to provide research and technology leadership in the areas of nano-electronics and nanotechnology, which is key to the Modi government's 'Make in India' initiative, in the field of electronics.
Modi also unveiled the foundation stone of the Centre for Brain Research at IISc, which is being established as an autonomous centre at the country's premier science institute.

He also witnessed the signing of a MoU between ONGC and M/s Super Wave Technology Pvt Ltd, envisaging development of new technology for drilling of oil and gas, an official release said.

Budget Expectation quote on electronics and semiconductor industry
Source: Chennai Patrika; February 18, 2015

Budget Expectation quote on electronics and semiconductor industry from - Aninda Moitra, President, Applied Materials India

“We are positive that Budget 2015 is going to be a growth-oriented one, with enough focus and discussions around Make in India and the electronics industry. The government should now back this up by accelerating the execution of Policy so that we have concrete actions that move us forward.

Semiconductor electronics industry is core to high- value added manufacturing and with full government support has the potential to attract FDI and Indian investors. The budget should support and strengthen high-value added manufacturing enablers, viz Capital Availability, R&D Intensity, Skilled Labor and Infrastructure.

Motivate students for career in stem cell research Modi
Source: The Hans India; February 19, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the Centre for Nano Science Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here. The Centre is considered to be the most sophisticated and comprehensive cluster of micro and nano-tech laboratories in India.
It is designed to provide research and technology leadership in the areas of nano-electronics and nanotechnology, which is key to the Modi government's 'Make in India' initiative, in the field of electronics. Modi called on Indian biologists to motivate schoolchildren for pursuing a career in stem cell research. He urged the scientists to interact with schoolchildren and motivate them to build careers in this field (stem cell research), an official communiqué said.

Budget 2015: IESA urges government to set up Electronics Commission
Source:; February 19, 2015

India's semiconductor industry has said that the absence of an Electronics Commission has been deeply affecting the ESDM players and the ecosystem, and so there's an urgent need to set up an 'Electronics Commission' in India.

India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) has urged the government to set up Electronic Regulatory Commission (with industry representative) similar to the Telecom Regulatory Commission in India which will act as a One Stop Shop for implementation of policies, regulations, approvals, resolving issues, etc for the electronics companies in India; and to provide a fair and transparent policy environment which promotes a level playing field and facilitates fair competition.

Mindteck Launches Ignite(SM) Platform
Source: Business Wire India; February 19, 2015

In step with the Smart Cities India Initiative, global technology company Mindteck (India) Limited announced the official launch of IGNITE, its versatile Internet of Things (IoT) platform which can be used to build city scale IoT solutions, such as intelligent street lighting, smart parking, EV charging, automated energy/water meter reading, solar power generation monitoring, building energy management and many other smart city use cases.

As a speaker at a variety of industry gatherings in recent past, Mindteck’s VP of Technology and R&D Head, Surjit Lahiri, indicated that Mindteck has already developed ready-to-use solutions for intelligent lighting and building energy management. His keynote address on IoT Opportunities at the Microchip Masters provided details on the current IoT opportunity ecosystem in India, the challenges of executing city scale IoT projects and solutions. Surjit also presented a paper on IoT for Smart Indian Cities of the Future at the Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) jointly held “Smart Water – Power and Internet Public Utilities for the City of Tomorrow” event.

Compiled by IESA Research

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