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IESA signs MoU with Government of UP
Source: VARINDIA; February 21, 2015

http://www.varindia.com/iesa-signs-mou-with-government-of-up/

India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Uttar Pradesh for promoting ESDM industry ecosystem in the state. “Along with IESA, we are confident to create a favourable ecosystem for electronics manufacturing in the state and build Uttar Pradesh for a brighter tomorrow,” said Shri Jiwesh Nandan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of IT and Electronics, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Broadcom Bets Big on Bengaluru R&D Centre for IoT, Wearables
Source: ITVoice; February 21, 2015

http://www.itvoice.in/index.php/computer-magazine/broadcom-bets-big-on-bengaluru-rd-centre-for-iot-wearables

American chipmaker Broadcom is betting big on opportunities in the Internet of Things and wearables market in India as it develops solutions tailored to India and other emerging nations from its Bengaluru R&D unit. Broadcom, which has a global headcount of about 11,000 people, has about 1,500 people at its India research and development centre.

Micromax to set up mfg plant in Rajasthan, invest Rs 500 cr
Source: Times of India, Jaipur; February 21, 2015

http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31810&articlexml=
Micromax-to-set-up-mfg-plant-in-Rajasthan-21022015011036

Leading mobile phone handset maker Micromax on Friday inked an agreement with Rajasthan government to set up a manufacturing plant in Alwar district. The homegrown device maker will initially invest Rs 500 crore in the second facility in India and manufacture mobile handsets, LED TVs, lights and other electronics products, said a state government release here. Rajesh Agarwal, co-founder, Micromax Informatics, said, “The Karoli manufacturing unit in Alwar district will further enhance our manufacturing operations in the country. With this plant, we will focus on integrating our product design capabilities with efficient manufacturing processes which will help in the economic development of the state.“

The ‘Industry Speaks’ on The Budget Expectations
Source: Eletimes; February 21, 2015

http://www.eletimes.com/top-stories/the-industry-speaks-on-the-budget-expectations/

The Budget 2015-16 is on the corner and all reckoning eyes on the different initiatives, incentives, tax reforms. The New Govt. is expected to spur and fist on the development agenda as many verbatim perspectives say that it will be a budget for all. ELE Times drifts across the Industry to pin on the expectations through the ‘Industry Speaks’

China’s Semiconductor Investment Plans -- Unprecedented Opportunity The Focus Of SEMICON China 2015
Source: EFYTimes; February 22, 2015

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=160995

Government Officials, Industry Leaders and Analysts Weigh Implications of Unprecedented Industry Investment China’s new industry investment and government promotion policies outlined in the recent “National Guidelines for Development and Promotion of the IC Industry” represents major opportunities for China and global semiconductor companies. The details of the policy and its implementation are being closely watched by the global industry for the resources China’s government has dedicated and potential impact to the global semiconductor manufacturing supply chain.

Micromax, valued at Rs 21,000 crore, reaches out to Alibaba, Softbank as promoters mull exit
Source: The Economic Times; February 23, 2015

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/micromax-valued-at-rs-21000-crore-reaches-out-to-alibaba-softbank-as-promoters-mull-exit/articleshow/46336829.cms

With its IPO plans on the backburner, India's largest homegrown handset vendor Micromax is exploring several strategic options. This includes selling a significant minority stake in the company with a clear milestone-linked roadmap for a change of control in the future, said multiple sources aware of the plans. However, the promoters of the company are equally open to an outright sale of the business right now, provided valuation expectations are met, said the people cited above

DU hatches its very own incubator to breed startups
Source: The Pioneer; February 23, 2015

http://www.dailypioneer.com/city/du-hatches-its-very-own-incubator-to-breed-startups.html

The first-of-its-kind Electropreneur Park to support startups in electronic design and manufacturing has been set at Delhi University and will become functional from next month. The said incubator has been set up in the varsity’s South Campus by a consortium comprising Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), under Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, and India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) with an investment of Rs21 crore.

President Pranab Mukherjee outlines Govt’s policy initiatives in electronic media & IT
Source: IndianTelevision.com; February 23, 2015

http://www.indiantelevision.com/regulators/i-and-b-ministry/president-pranab-mukherjee-outlines-govt-s-policy-initiatives-in-electronic-media-it-150223

President Pranab Mukherjee has said that the government is committed to deeper penetration of electronic media in remote and distant areas. In his address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget Session, he said auctions will be conducted for 135 vacant channels in 69 existing cities of FM Phase-II as part of first batch of FM Phase-Ill.

Chinese firm seeks to buy Dongbu Hitek
Source: The Korea Times; February 23, 2015

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/02/133_173992.html

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) of China is seeking to take over Dongbu HiTek, the nation's only foundry chipmaker, industry sources said Monday.

Budget 2015: Here’s what IT industry wants from you, Mr. Jaitley
Source: First Post; February 24, 2015

http://www.firstpost.com/business/budget-2015-heres-industry-wants-mr-jaitley-2119197.html

The Modi-led Government will present its first full Union Budget on February 28. With the promise that the new government would put technology in the forefront, the Indian IT industry has pinned hopes on the Modi government to push reforms and policies that will bring stability to the sector and maximize growth.

Global Internet of Things (IOT) Market 2015-2019 with Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Cisco Systems & Ericsson Dominating
Source: The Telegraph; February 24, 2015

http://www.telegraphindia.com/pressrelease/prnw/en
39391.html#.VPBHWHyUdMQ

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical tangible objects interconnected through various network technologies. These objects can communicate among themselves and with the external environment when required. IoT facilitates an interconnection of end-user devices and the underlying communication devices. IoT combines hardware, embedded software, communication services, and IT services. IoT helps create smart communication environments such as smart homes, smart shopping, smart transportation, and smart healthcare. The major components of IoT include RFID, WSN, NFC, cloud services, gateways, data storage and analytics, and visualization elements. IoT helps in efficient monitoring and management of numerous interconnected devices.

Global CFD Market In The Automotive Industry 2015-2019 with ANSYS, Autodesk, CD-Adapco Group, COMSOL, ESI Group & Mentor Graphics Dominating
Source: EFY Times; February 24, 2015

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=161165

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global CFD Market in the Automotive Industry 2015-2019" report to their offering. The Global CFD market in the Automotive industry to grow at a CAGR of 18.23% over the period 2014-2019.

ARM, IBM Offer Starter Kit for Making IOT Devices
Source: Channelworld.in February 24, 2015

http://www.channelworld.in/news/arm%2C-ibm-offer-starter-kit-for-making-iot-devices

ARM and IBM want hobbyists to make their own connected devices in a matter of minutes with a new development kit announced Monday.

The ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit -- Ethernet Edition will allow users to make cloud-ready Internet of Things products that could receive or transmit data for analysis or alerts. The development kit will come with ARM's mbed OS and connect into IBM's BlueMix cloud, which will help in the development of applications and services.

Need Friendlier Tax Regime, Preferential Market Access
Source: Huffington Post; February 25, 2015

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/ashok-chandak-/need-friendlier-tax-regim_b_6751090.html?utm_hp_ref=in-business

It is budget time again; a time for great optimism for India Inc. As the voice of the ESDM industry at large, we at IESA would like to take this opportunity to submit our expectations - the collective expectations of the ESDM ecosystem - from this budget to our Honourable Finance Minister. There were progressive policy developments which had created positive optimism and some impact but mega actions are required to bring large scale investments and attract ESDM majors to our country.

Budget 2015: Electronic manufacturers want government to address duty woes
Source: Economic Times; February 25, 2015

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/electronics/
budget-2015-electronic-manufacturers-want-government-to-address-duty-woes/articleshow/46372608.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest
&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Electronics industry players want the government to address the decade old anomaly of inverted duty structure that has eroded domestic manufacturing base and is still hampering its development. Due to the inverted duty structure imports of finished goods are encouraged and the import of semi-manufactured goods and components are discouraged which can be used for manufacturing completed products in the country, said Ashok Chandak, Chairman of Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association.

Technology-enabled traveller-centric railway budget: Ashok Chandak, IESA
Source: in.com; February 26, 2015

http://www.in.com/news/business/technologyenabled-travellercentric-railway-budget-ashok-chandak-iesa-53125192-in-1.html

IESA has always envisioned electronics to transform India as a nation, however, Railway Budget 2015 has made it evident with electronics focus in providing safety, convenience, comfort and information. We believe the steps outlined by the Railway Minister will motivate to the electronics industry and bring cheers to the travellers through technology integration.

Rolta, Bharat Electronics rally as consortium selected for Rs 50,000 crore defence project
Source: Business Standard; February 27, 2015

http://www.business-standard.com/article/markets/rolta-bharat-electronics-rally-as-consortium-bags-rs-50-000-crore-defence-project-115022700104_1.html

Shares of Rolta India and Bharat Electronics have rallied by up to 11% on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in early morning trade after these companies on Thursday announced that the ministry of defence had selected their consortium as a development agency for the battlefield management system (BMS) project worth over Rs 50,000 crore.

Vicor Corporation Honored by Advantest with Technology and Innovation Award
Source: Press Release;

http://www.vicorpower.com/about-vicor/news-and-press/advantest-innovation-award

Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) today announced it has been honored with a Technology and Innovation award from Advantest Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor test equipment and measuring instruments used in the design and production of electronic systems. This award recognizes Vicor as a strategic supplier of high performance power components for Advantest’s V93000 semiconductor testing platform.

“Vicor power components are enabling Advantest to achieve new levels of power system efficiency and density, helping to ensure current and future generations of our V93000 systems set the highest standards for energy efficiency and compact form factors,” said Andreas Bayha, Director of Supply Chain, Advantest Corporation. “The technical expertise and robust support Vicor brings to our design and development initiatives distinguish the company as a valuable, strategic resource for Advantest.”

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