IESA WINWire June 06 - June 12, 2015
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LDRA, IESA and SIATI Join Together To Introduce a Certification Ecosystem Development Program in India
Source:; June 6, 2015

LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, together with industry bodies, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) and Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries (SIATI), have jointly announced the introduction of a Certification Ecosystem Development Program (CEDP) in India as a precursor to the upcoming event - Embedded Safety and Security Summit (ESSS 2015), on 17 June at the NIMHANS Convention Center, Bangalore.

The CEDP is a program to support and encourage Indian companies to be on a level playing field with their international counterparts.

Comprising several components, the CEDP will incorporate the LDRA Academic Alliance Program (LAAP) in which LDRA will work with leading Indian universities to build a curriculum aimed at educating engineering students and building a competitive and experienced workforce. In addition, LDRA’s Competency Centre (LCC) will serve as a world-class training center for safety and security practices.

Bhubaneswar to Become Wi-Fi Enabled Within 1 Year: State Government
Source:; June 7, 2015

Announcing that Odisha's capital city Bhubaneswar will be Wi-Fi enabled within a year, the state government on Satuday decided to bring an IT procurement policy besides setting up another IIIT and an Electronics and ITC Academy at Bhubaneswar.
The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

"The Chief Minister has directed the IT department to ensure Wi-Fi facility in Bhubaneswar within one year," IT minister Pranab Prakash Das told reporters after the meeting.

Asking the department to expedite work for the proposed Electronics Manufacture Cluster at an investment of Rs. 209 crore, Mr Patnaik directed the department to place a proposal in the next cabinet meeting to rename the IT department as the department of Electronics and IT.

An Initiative to Make India a Manufacturing Hub
Source: Cable Quest; June 8, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the neighboring country China can be considered as a step ahead towards progressing of ‘Make In India’ project initiated by him. The visit not only fortifies the commercial relationship between the two countries, but also marks a novel beginning, whereby 24 new memorandums of understanding worth dollar 22 billions have been signed by both the countries. These B2B deals cover a wide range of sectors from industrial parks, ports to financing. A broadcasting deal also has been inked between China’s CCTV and our Doordarshan.

'Make in India' is an initiative of the Government of India, to encourage companies to manufacture their products in India. Shri Narendra Modi gave a hint of ‘Make in India’ initiative on 15 August 2014 and finally with an aim to give the Indian economy a global recognition, he launched it on 25 September 2014 in a function at Vigyan Bhawan.

Addressing a gathering of top global CEOs at the event, Modi said, ‘FDI’ should be understood as ‘First Develop India’ along with ‘Foreign Direct Investment.’ He urged investors not to look at India merely as a market, but instead see it as an opportunity. He focused on the importance of purchasing power of the common man, which in turn boosts the demand, and finally gives benefits to the investors.

Is India The Next Global R&D Base For Products?
Source: Channel Times; June 9, 2015

In Commerce and Industry India has no way but to conquer the world. If China makes everything cheap, and threatens to cut down local production, thereby impacting the existence of small and medium companies, India has to revamp its R&D, technology and innovation to save the SMEs.

Innovation from India has moved on from Ayurveda, yoga to cool internet products and apps. World Industries from Automobile to IT, to next generation products are moving work to India to tap the country’s engineering base and cost advantage. Initially cost arbitrage was the major attraction, however over time, the quality of Indian workforce has become very high and their ability to contribute to process improvement and innovation has improved tremendously. This has led to a snowballing effect and many large multinationals are already here in India taking advantage of our talented workforce.

Imagination and TSMC Collaborate on Advanced IoT IP Platforms
Source: Yahoo; June 8, 2015

Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) and TSMC announce a collaboration to develop a series of advanced IP subsystems for the Internet of Things (IoT) to accelerate time to market and simplify the design process for mutual customers. These IP platforms, complemented by highly optimized reference design flows, bring together the breadth of Imagination's IP with TSMC's advanced process technologies from 55nm down to 10nm. The IoT IP subsystems in development include small, highly-integrated connected solutions for simple sensors which combine an entry-level M-class MIPS CPU with an ultra-low power Ensigma Whisper RPU for low-power Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart and 6LowPan, as well as OmniShield multi-domain hardware enforced security, and on-chip RAM and flash. The advanced RF and embedded flash capabilities from TSMC enable Imagination to push the boundaries of IoT integration. At the higher end, highly-integrated and sophisticated audio and vision sensors will be a key component of future mutual customers' SoCs for a wide range of IoT applications such as smart surveillance, retail analytics and autonomous vehicles.

IIT-B to start a company to run Research Park
Source: The Economic Times; June 9, 2015

IIT Bombay is starting a not-for profit company that will manage the affairs and governance of the institute's upcoming research park. The institute will soon appoint a CEO for the company. IIT Bombay director, professor Devang Khakhar, will be the ex-officio chairman and member of board. The board will have alumni, industry professionals and some faculty as members.

"One of the mandates of the company will be to evangelise the concept with industry, understand the match and identify the companies," said Abhay Karandikar, professor, department of electrical engineering at IIT Bombay and in charge of the research park.
Earlier, the premier institute had announced setting up of a research park on its campus, with a partial funding from ministry of human resource development to promote innovation. The main objective of the research park is to build an ecosystem where academic researchers from IIT-B and industry partners work in close collaboration on cutting-edge research problems, technology challenges and product innovation.

Analog Devices Announces Winners of Anveshan Design Fellowship 2014-15
Source: Telegragh India; June 9, 2015

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Takes the First Place With 'Baby Beats' - a Baby Wellness Monitor. Analog Devices, Inc., the global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, today announced the winners of its Student Design Fellowship, Anveshan 2014-15. This edition of the fellowship saw 314 registrations from over 120 universities across India. Launched in 2010, and in its third edition, the design fellowship is aimed at encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship and building system level design expertise among the Indian engineering student community. Anveshan is designed to mentor budding engineers to enhance their system design skills by actually developing prototype products under the guidance and mentorship of industry experts. The selected projects are executed on similar lines as in the industry for a period of 9 months, with regular architecture reviews, component selection reviews, interim deadlines and finally a complete presentation and demonstration of the prototype.heir performance. We plan to take further steps to improve their working."

IESA and STPI to back Electronic Newbies’
Source: Ele Times; June 9, 2015

IESA and STPI jointly to set up an ‘Electropreneur Park’ which is speculated to back 50 start-ups working on electronics product designing and development over the next five years.

The initiative of Rs 22 crore, will address IP creation and product development to increase value addition to domestic manufacturing of electronic items like smartphones, smart meters, micro ATMs and set top boxes.

“Under the programme, we will select the best 10 early stage entrepreneurs in ESDM across the country, based on the merit of the project submission and will support them in R&D to accelerate electronics innovation,” STPI Director General Omkar Rai reports.
The initiative is a subset of the government’s ‘Make in India’ mission, aligned with entrepreneurial and innovation focus, he added.

Odisha aims Rs 4,500 crore ICT turnover in four years
Source: Business Standard; June 9, 2015

The state government aims to clock gross ICT (information and communication technology) turnover of Rs 4,500 crore in next four years as per a road map drawn by the IT department.

The turnover includes exports of software, IT services and electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM). Presently, the turnover is pegged at around Rs 2,400 crore.

In addition, the department is targeting to attract 10 leading IT/IT enabled services and ESDM companies to the state and promote 50 local entrepreneurs by 2019. The state government aims to generate 50,000 direct employment in IT /ITes (IT enabled services) and ESDM units in the next four years.

Taiwanese firms plan to invest $200 mn in Greater Noida
Source: Economy Lead; June 10, 2015

The Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA) will invest $200 million in electronic manufacturing sector in Greater Noida, an Uttar Pradesh government official said on Wednesday.

A seven-member delegation of the association led by TEEMA president Francis Tsai met Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Alok Ranjan on Tuesday and expressed their desire to invest in the state.

Other members of the delegation John Ko, John Lin, Dingo Ku, Gary Liu, GJ Lee and Sanjay Sony, representing Taiwanese giants like D-Link, CTCI Corp, Winston Corp, told state officials they were influenced by the incentives being offered by the Uttar Pradesh government and would like to avail of the opportunity.

Assuring his government’s full support in project implementation of Taiwanese firms, Ranjan told the delegation that incentives were available under the state’s infrastructure and industrial investment policy and electronic manufacturing policy of the state and it shall be extended to them.

Sweden offers to collaborate with India for production of LCA
Source: Business Standard; June 10, 2015

Sweden tonight offered to collaborate with India on production of light combat aircraft in the country as part of the 'Make-in-India' initiative as the two countries decided to scale up bilateral defence ties.

Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist held talks with his counterpart Manohar Parrikar here during which a range of issues were discussed.

India and Sweden exchanged views on "rising scourge of terrorism" and agreed to cooperate in stemming it, Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said.
He added that the two sides also discussed issues relating to participation of Swedish firms in defence manufacturing in India under the 'Make-in-India' initiative.

Amazon to set up its biggest campus outside the US; opens fulfilment centre
Source: The Hindu Business Line; June 10, 2015

Amazon, the global e-commerce and cloud services firm, is betting big on India. The firm, which announced investments of $2 billions to strengthen its presence in India, is lining up its biggest global campus outside of the US. It is also considering a proposal to set up a datacentre to back its cloud service business Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The company has opened its biggest Fulfilment Centre or warehouse near here, taking the total number of centres to 11 in eight States.
About 60 kilometres from Hyderabad and 25 kilometres from the international airport, the 2.80 lakh sq ft facility is going to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) utilise the logistics and delivery capabilities offered by Amazon.

Government may name financial institution to host electronic development fund by July
Source: The Economic Times; June 11, 2015

The government expects to finalise a financial institution to house the proposed electronic development fund (EDF) by July. The fund will promote innovation, research and development, and product development in the fields of semiconductors, nanoelectronics, IT and associated sectors by bringing established companies and startups on board.

"For the first time we are actively promoting R&D and innovation in industry," said Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) joint secretary Ajay Kumar. "The government support typically has been from a grant-in-aid kind of mechanism, which doesn't work very well because public sector institutions have not shown to be able to create industry grade IPR."

The EDF policy, approved by the Cabinet in December 2014, will support early stage angel funds and venture funds in these areas. It will also support acquisition of foreign companies and technologies for products imported in India in large numbers. As per an earlier estimate, the EDF is expected to be worth Rs 10,000 crore by 2020.

'Everything in lighting will be digital two years down the road'
Source: Business Today; June 11, 2015

Harsh Chitale, the CEO of Philips Lighting Solutions, South Asia, recently joined the company from HCL Infosystems, where he was the Managing Director & CEO. In an interview with Goutam Das of Business Today, he talks about his new role and the changing landscape in lighting.

Q - Between HCL and Philips, what are the synergies in your role?
If you remove products out of the equation, HCL had a distribution business model - we distributed consumer electronics, phones etc. Equally big is the distribution reach of Philips Lighting for consumers. In every remote part of the country, you will find a Philips bulb. That is one common synergy. Second, all of HCL products were digital. In Philips, one-third of the products have already become digital and the rate at which digitalisation is happening in lighting, everything will be digital probably two years down the road

iPhone Maker Foxconn in Talks to Build First Apple Plant in India
Source: NDTV; June 12, 2015

Foxconn is in talks to manufacture Apple's iPhone in India, government officials said, in a move that could lower prices in the world's No.3 smartphone market where the US firm trails Samsung Electronics and local players.

India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones, and base production sites closer to markets where its key clients want to grow.

Lower production costs could also help Foxconn keep hold of Apple orders amid intensifying competition with nimble manufacturing rivals such as Quanta Computer.
"Foxconn is sending a delegation of their officers to scout for locations in a month's time," Subhash Desai, Industries Minister of Maharashtra, told Reuters.

Foxconn has said it is aiming to develop 10-12 facilities in India, including factories and data centres, by 2020, but had given no detail.

Compiled by IESA Research

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