IESA WINWire July 04 - July 10, 2015
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IESA extends full support to Government of India’s Digital India campaign
Source: ELE Times; July 4, 2015

IESA (India Electronics and Semiconductor Association), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry extends full support to Government of India towards launch of the ‘Digital India’ campaign, aimed at creating a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The industry body applauds Honorable Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad’s agenda to promote electronics manufacturing in a big way and invitation to entrepreneurs to ‘Make in India’.

“We appreciate the Government of India’s Digital India programme and its huge thrust on the Electronics Development Fund which will give impetus towards inclusive growth in areas of electronic services, products, manufacturing and job opportunities and call to reduce dependence on imports. The defined focus on ‘Design in India’ is well aligned to IESA’s ‘Innovation Led Design and Design Led Manufacturing’ vision to achieve India’s manufacturing reality. The three point agenda around Electronics Development Fund (EDF),Centre of Excellence for IoT and National Centre for Flexible Electronics (NCFlexE) are key for the ESDM sector,” said M.N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA.

Sony may 'Make in India'; products to be manufactured at Foxconn's upcoming facilities
Source: The Economic Times; July 4, 2015

Japanese electronics giant Sony is all set to make in India, though the products will be contract-manufactured at Taiwanese maker Foxconn's upcoming facilities in the country. Sony looks at local sourcing for the second time after it stop ped the practice in 2004 when i opted to only import.

Top industry sources said Sony has decided in favour o local manufacturing as the government has offered sever al incentives. "However, Sony is not looking at manufactur ing on its own at this mo ment," a source said.

Sony India MD Kenichiro Hibi said a final decision is yeto be taken. "There are many possibilities that we are look ng at (for making in India). Contract manufacturing is one of them. However, we are yet to decide," Hibi told TOI.

Make In India: Airbus, Mahindra Announce Joint Venture to Make Helicopters for India's Armed Forces
Source: The Huffington Post; July 4, 2015

Airbus Helicopters said on Friday that it will partner with Mahindra Defence, a unit of the $16.9 billion Mahindra Group, to produce helicopters in India. The joint venture will be the first private manufacturer of military helicopters under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative. Airbus Helicopters is a unit of Europe's Airbus Group. “We have extensive expertise in engineering, automotive and fixed-wing sectors and have made substantial investments in aero components manufacturing, while Airbus Helicopters offers best-in-class rotorcraft platforms," said S. P. Shukla, Group President, Aerospace and Defence Sector and Chairman, Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd. in a statement. Mahindra Aerospace is also in the process of manufacturing a 10-seat turboprop Airvan 10, which is scheduled for certification this year. “The tie-up is in line with our intent to develop an indigenous industrial ecosystem dedicated to helicopters. The joint venture will be dedicated to supplying the Indian Armed Forces with made-in-India, state-of-the-art helicopters of high reliability, quality and safety standard based on combat-proven platforms," said said Guillaume Faury, President and CEO, Airbus Helicopters in the statement.

Electronics Manufacturing Jobs to Multiply by 2020
Source:; July 4, 2015

Electronics manufacturing industry in India needs to grow at a much faster pace due to the ever-growing demand for consumer electronics, IT and telecom goods. This demand is expected to grow to US$ 400 billion by 2020, according to some estimates. In case manufacturing in India does not keep pace with the demand, country’s import bill for electronics will exceed the import bill for crude oil.

Amarpreet Singh, manager–manufacturing, Centum Electronics says, “To support this demand and reduce the currency outflow from India, Indian government has come up with a very detailed industrial policy that encourages manufacturing industry in India. Indian manufacturing industry is growing and so are the skill requirements to support electronics industry.”

Trends Driving Technologies of LED Drivers
Source: Electronics Maker; July 5, 2015

The driver seat of a LED based system, LED drivers performs an important job in controlling performance of overall system. A LED driver allows longer standby-power and increases the safety of the fixture. This is exclusive story bought together major LED drivers manufacturers to present their expert view son trends & technology in LED drivers.

The LED driver acts as a power supply for LED modules, regulating output voltage or current for the light source. It transforms and conditions incoming power (typically AC, but it may be DC) and drives the current to the LEDs. In doing so, the LED driver performs a similar function as a fluorescent ballast.

The driver is a critical component of the LED lighting system. Its design affects operation, presence of flicker, service life, controllability and ability to withstand power surges. The overall trend is towards greater functionality.

Mahindra Tie-up with UK’s Ultra Electronics for Indian Navy Equipment
Source: IndRead (press release) (blog); July 6, 2015

Mahindra Defence Naval System Ltd tied up with UK firm named Ultra Electronics to build-up under water equipment for Indian Navy warfare under central Govt Make in India initiative.

To give a support to central Govt Make in India initiative, several companies have expressed attention in developing defence equipment’s. In a same way Mahindra Defence Naval Systems Ltd has entered into a deal to tie up with UK’s Ultra Electronics for under water equipment for India Navy.

Chairman of Mahindra Defence Naval System, S.P Shukla has announced that, a unit of $16.9 billion Mahindra Group will offer domestic and global opportunities in naval defence space in the coming months. As a part of this the group is exploring several such tie-ups.

Mahindra and UK’s Ultra electronics joined together to build torpedo defence, integrated anti-submarine warfare defence and equipment to counter mines, anti-submarine vessels, submarine safety equipment, son buys and underwater ranges.

India-Russia Defence ties set for a lift -up; PM visit to give a push: ASSOCHAM
Source: Business Standard; July 6, 2015

Consequent to India increasing FDI up to 49 per cent in the Defence production, its depth of economic relations with Russia, are expected to see a dramatic change with Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi's forthcoming visit to the CIS countries giving an extra push to the strategic ties with the region, an ASSOCHAM study has said. The recent hike in FDI limit to 49 per cent is expected to bring more investments, particularly from Russia into the defence sector. Earlier FDI limit of 26 per cent was the main hurdle holding back global OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) from investing in the Indian defence production, ASSOCHAM Paper on India's ties with Russia has noted. Looking forward a successful visit of the Prime Minister to Russia, ASSOCHAM Secretary General Mr D S Rawat said, Russia has been a trusted and an old friend of India . However, due to geo-political reasons, the country has been isolated by the western world. India, should stand by this friend and extend the fullest economic cooperation to it when Russia needs it most. Our Prime Minister should make it loud and clear that India remains a trusted friend of Russia. It said to make India increasing self-reliant, the Ministry of Defence has placed high priority on procuring equipment from Indian companies. Any country that makes indigenization of India's defense imports the core of its India strategy would be able to establish long-term, mutually beneficial relationship, the paper said.

US' Soft Machines Earmarks Rs 640 cr for New R&D Unit here `
Source: Economic Times Epaper (Bangalore); July 7, 2015

United Statesbased semiconductor company Soft Machines plans to invest $100 million (about ` . 640 crore) in India this year to establish a new research and development unit and fund various other startups in the country.

The company is on the verge of closing a deal to raise $150$300 million `1,920 `960-. (.crore), said Mahesh Lingareddy, cofounder and chief executive of Soft Machines. The company is in talks with about 10 startups to bring them on board, he said.

“We want to develop products such as routers, switches, storage and security appliances in India through our upcoming R&D unit, “said Lingareddy. The company will also look at offering content services through consumer applications.

Soft Machines is combining Lingareddy's expertise and crowd innovation to offer various smart devices and services for home and enterprise customers.

Lenovo bets on consumer business in India
Source: Livemint; July 7, 2015

China-headquartered Lenovo Corp. is sharpening its focus on becoming a more consumer-oriented company.

The company, which now sells smartphones, personal computers—desktops and laptops—and wearables for consumers along with servers and analytics solutions for businesses, “aims to gain a larger piece of the smartphone market in India and globally with Motorola coming on board”, said Amar Babu, now the chief operating officer of Lenovo Asia-Pacific and chairman of Lenovo India, in an interview last week.

“Phones are selling well. Eight years back, 75% of our revenue came from B2B (business to business) and 25% from consumers (PCs). Today, the ratio is almost the other way around even without including Motorala,” Babu said, adding, “As an organization, it’s a big transformation.”

Lenovo closed financial year 2014-15 with $46.3 billion in revenue, of which 65% was from PCs, 25% from smartphones and tablets and 10% was System x (servers).

Cricket Semiconductor plans to build analogue fab in India
Source: EET India; July 7, 2015

According to a report in the New Indian Express, Cricket Semiconductor has been in talks with state government of Telangana to build and operate a $1 billion analogue and power semiconductor wafer fab in India. The report quoted KT Rama Rao, the state's minister of IT & communications as its source. The talks come after Cricket Semiconductor had signed a memorandum of understanding with government of the state of Madhya Pradesh to work towards setting up an analogue fab in that state. Madhya Pradesh, capital Bhopal, is a few hundred miles north of Telangana, capital Hyderabad.

The existence of Cricket Semiconductor was first disclosed from the Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) in February 2015, which referenced the MoU signed with Madhya Pradesh. It also said that Madhya Pradesh had approved the Analogue Semiconductor Fabrication [FAB] Investment Policy, which covers support for any wafer fab investment in the state that exceeded $500 million. The measures include free land for the building, reimbursement for the cost of building a factory shell and guaranteed water and electricity supplies at internationally competitive prices for 10 years. But now Telangana has apparently tried to entice Cricket Semiconductor to come south to its state. "We had preliminary discussions with Cricket Semiconductor for its analogue fab unit. Our long-term plan is to bring a fab unit here," the New Indian Express quoted Rao.

Krivi announces availability of 28nm UMC IO Pad library platform
Source: design-reuse; July 8, 2015

Krivi Semiconductor has announced availability of its Alcor IO pad library platform for UMC’s 28nm technology. This IO platform supports a wide variety of interface standards such as DDR, LVDS, and Memory card super combo IO libraries. All these IO libraries are proven in test silicon for their compliance to respective electrical standards, ESD and latch-up performance. “Our specialty IO platform gives great flexibility to SoC and IP companies using UMC 28nm technologies to pick off-the-shelf IO pads that match or exceed best power, performance and area in industry”, said Sivaramakrishnan Subramanian, Co-founder and Senior Principal engineer at Krivi. He further added “We designed ESD protection network that achieved 2-8kV HBM and more than 10A CDM peak current performance in these libraries”.

Universal DDR IO pad library supports all popular DDR standards like DDR4, DDR3/3U/3L, LPDDR3, LPDDR2, HSTL class-I and RLDRAM-3 etc. This library works at a maximum speed of 2.667Gbps in HLP process technology and boasts of having industry's smallest foot-print.

1,000 Acres for Electronic Clusters near Hyderabad
Source: The New Indian Express; July 9, 2015

An estimated 7.2 lakh mobiles are sold every day across the country or approximately 65 million every quarter. Telangana is one of the largest mobile handset markets and the state government intends to cash in on this potential. “There’s an increasing demand for electronics and we want to encourage manufacturers to set up facilities. Local production will result in lower costs and eases logistics,” said Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, IT. Sensing the demand, the government has earmarked 1,000 acres for electronic manufacturing units near Maheshwaram. “We are in touch with companies, through Indian Cellular Association (ICA) and also talking to individual players,” he said. Currently, the electronic hardware industry is worth Rs 6,000 crore, of which exports comprise Rs 1,200 crore. “We believe the electronic hardware industry in the state can grow significantly,” Jayesh said. Recently, homegrown mobile handset maker Celkon announced Rs 200 crore investment at its first assembly plant near Medchel. Similarly, another domestic firm Micromax is expected to invest about Rs 500 crore to set up an assembly and manufacturing plant in Hyderabad and an MoU with the state government is likely to be signed shortly. “Our second plant proposed in Hyderabad will cater to southern markets and also augment our exports to Asian and African countries,” said Rajesh Agarwal, co-founder, Micromax.

‘Digital India Programme will help engineering students’
Source: The Hindu; July 9, 2015

The Digital India Programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will greatly benefit the engineering students with a world of job and business opportunities, according to D. Nobel Raj, Scientist-B, National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT), Chennai.
Speaking at a seminar held in connection with Digital India Week Celebration organised by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India at the Global Institute of Engineering and Technology at Melvisharam recently, Mr.Raj said that the initiative aims at promoting digitalisation.

It would empower the citizens with the knowledge of the application of information and technology, he added.

“This celebration is a 3-pronged strategy to promote digital infrastructure, digital governance and digital empowerment, which would ensure India becoming a Super Power in the near future”, he said.

Why India Inc. is getting serious about the Internet of Things
Source: The Economic Times; July 10, 2015

An NCR based two wheeler company tracks its fleet of trucks across the length and breadth of the country using GPS technology. Another Chennai based auto manufacturer is toying with the thought of launching connected vehicles. The company also tracks pollution levels and productivity across its shop floors using connected devices. Technology companies and hospitals are talking about how doctors will be able to monitor sugar levels of diabetic patients real-time in the near future. That's what the Internet of Things (IoT) is all about. Despite huge investments going into the space, experts say IoT is still at a nascent stage in the country. There are also concerns about skillset availability, security of data that these sensors transmit and the need to build a regulatory framework around IoT. After surpassing the human population on the planet in 2011, internet-connected devices are expected to number between 26 billion and 50 billion globally by 2020. These devices, which in the past could only be thought to be mobile phones, laptops and desktops, now include ATM machines, gas pipelines, street lights, transportation vehicles and even the soil that is used for agriculture. However, the government has already taken positive steps by initiating an IoT policy, while industry associations such as Nasscom and IESA are working together to suggest to the government how IoT could be used to build the nation.

Singapore building agency keen to join India's smart city project
Source: ET Reality; July 10, 2015

The state-run Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore on Thursday said it wants to associate with the Indian government's Smart City project. "We want to collaborate with the smart city project and make sustainable environment in India by 2025," BCA group director Koh Lin Ji told reporters here on Thursday. The seventh edition of the green building week conference will be held next month in Singapore. "Over 30,000 participants from over 55 countries are expected at the seventh edition of the green building week which will run from August 31 to September 6 in Singapore," said Prem C. Jain, chairman of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister for Environment and the Smart Nation Initiative, will deliver the opening address. BCA is a platform for stakeholders from both public and private sectors in Singapore and Asia Pacific, Lin Ji said. In February, Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam made his maiden visit to India also as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. President Tan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, while their talks covered new focus areas which are part of India's development process like the Smart Cities and urban rejuvenation initiatives, promoting skill development and measures to speed up connectivity and coastal and port development.

Modeling and Real-Time Testing of Power Electronics Converters
Source: Company Website; July 10, 2015

Location: Bangalore ; Venue: Park Plaza; Date: 15 July 2015; Time: 10:00 AM – 2:15 PM

In this seminar, with the help of multiple real-world examples, MathWorks engineers will showcase how MATLAB and Simulink can help you in modeling and simulation of power electronics converter and also test the power electronics controllers in real time.

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