LDRA, IESA and SIATI
Join Together To Introduce a Certification Ecosystem Development
Program in India
Source: EFYTimes.com; 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: NDTV.com; 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
An Initiative to Make
India a Manufacturing Hub
Source: Cable Quest; June
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
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
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
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
Source: Ele Times; June 9,
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
“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
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
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist held talks with his
counterpart Manohar Parrikar here during which a range of issues were
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
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
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
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
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