IESA, TiE and MediaTek
Labs Aegis Indian IoT start-ups across Variant Verticals
Source: Ele Times; 27 June, 2015
IESA, TiE and MediaTek Labs have the joint ambition to promote and
support start-ups and entrepreneurs in fabless semiconductor and
electronic products in the IoT or connected devices space. Strive to
cultivate entrepreneurship among the student community and to nurture
the bright technology talent, an exclusive innovation showcase was
IESA and TiE actively promote the Indian ecosystem with an aim to
solve three major challenges, namely Design for Manufacturability (DFM),
Testing and Certification, and Interoperability and Standards to help
realize the Make in India dream.
Five selected startups and six student innovators showcased their path
breaking IoT innovations across healthcare and farming sectors.
The selected start-ups showcased their innovations to an expert jury
panel who evaluated their work diligently to find out the best 4
innovations; 1 start-up and 1 student innovations each in healthcare
and farming sectors.
Focus on electronic
Source: The Hindu; June 27, 2015
Telangana IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Friday said the State
government was keen on ensuring the development of the electronic
hardware manufacturing sector.
Declaring that IT is also about hardware, he said the growth, unlike
software sectors, should be broad-based. “It should spread to all
corners of Hyderabad... not just Gachibowli and Kondapur,” he said.
Mr. Rao, interacting with presspersons at the inauguration of mobile
phone-maker Celkon’s plant in Medchal, said an eco-system would be
created to attract fab manufacturers.
“This is just the beginning,” he said, referring to Celkon’s facility,
adding that the government was in talks with mobile makers and Indian
Cellular Association. Micromax has already decided to set up a unit.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was keen on a mobile manufacturing
hub, the IT Minister said, pointing out that hardware units generated
more jobs, particularly low-end, to accommodate youths with lesser
qualification and those marginalised.
Sony may consider to
set up manufacturing plant in India
Source: Livemint.com; June
Japanese electronics major Sony Corp. is ‘seriously’ looking at
participating in the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and may
consider setting up a manufacturing plant in the country.
“Of course, thanks to Mr (Narendra) Modi’s strong initiatives, some
how we have to cope with countries direction and strategy. We are in
talks as to how we can support country’s direction. At this point of
time, we do not have any specific comment. We are seriously studying
as how can we reply to PM’s requirements,” Sony India managing
director Kenichiro Hibi said when asked if the company is planning to
set up a manufacturing plant in the country.
However, he declined to share any information on time frame and
investment in the new unit. When asked whether it can happen in next
two years, he said: “Definitely yes, we would have to make something
in such a time span. However, we do not have any specific comment on
it. But yes it is and we are thinking it very seriously,” he told PTI.
Tax structure, lack of
incentives impacting electronics manufacturing: CEAMA
Source: The Economic Times; June 28, 2015
Inverted duty structure and lack of incentives are impacting the
manufacturing of consumer electronics and appliances in the country,
CEAMA has said.
In a letter to the Commerce and Industry Ministry, Consumer
Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) said
currently the tax structure on imports of parts and components to
manufacture a product attracts huge customs and excise duty.
An inverted duty structure impacts domestic industry adversely as
manufacturers have to pay a higher price for raw materials in terms of
duty, while the finished product lands at lower duty and costs lesser.
Make in India: Bharti
Enterprises likely to start making set-top boxes in India
Source: ET Telecom; June
A company under Sunil Bharti Mittal-led Bharti Enterprises is likely
to make set-top boxes in partnership with an electronics manufacturer
in the country.
"Bharti is planning to make set-top boxes (STBs) in Pune in
partnership with an electronics manufacturing company under its
commitment to support Prime Minister's vision on Make in India," a
source aware of the project said.
A Bharti Enterprises spokesperson declined to comment. The process of
cable digitisation is under way in a phased manner, which is fuelling
demand for STBs.
The government has mandated that the cable TV transmission would be
done through digital addressable system only where consumer can access
to large number of TV channels compared to only 60-70 channels that
they can access through analog cable transmission.
Odisha delegation in
US to woo investors
Source: Business Standard;
June 29, 2015
A state level delegation consisting of ministers and entrepreneurs
have embarked on a visit to the United States to attract investments.
The delegation included state industries minister Debi Prasad Mishra,
tourism minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Bhubaneswar (North) MLA
Priyadarshi Mishra and Debasis Patnaik, convenor, Invest Bhubaneswar.
"Investments will be sought in IT (information technology),
biotechnology, waste management and tourism. The team is also
scheduled to attend the Global Odia Convention during the stay,"
Patnaik said. The delegation is likely to return on July 6. The visit
assumes significance as the state targets to generate 300,000 new jobs
by 2019, banking on growth in manufacturing sector that is seen as the
key job creator. Odisha expects new investments of Rs 1.73 lakh crore
by 2019-20, creating more employment opportunities. Manufacturing
sector is set to account for 25 per cent increase in employment
figure. The share of manufacturing sector to the state's Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) is poised to rise by 60 per cent by 2019. The
manufacturing sector is projected to clock year-on-year growth of 15
per cent during 2015-19.
STPI to set up
incubation facility at Balasore
Source: Business Standard;
June 30, 2015
The Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), a society under the
Union ministry of Communications and Information Technology, will
start an incubation facility at Balasore spreading over 5000 square
feet (sq ft).
To kickstart the operation at Balasore, STPI has set up a temporary
incubation facility at NOCCi Business Park. This will be inaugurated
on July 4 coinciding with the observation of Digital India week, said
Manas Ranjan Panda, Director, STPI Bhubaneswar.
About 10 to 15 start-up companies can start their operation with plug
and play facilities to be provided at the complex. The IT (information
technology) and ESDM (electronic system design and manufacturing)
units can operate from the facility, he added.
Make in India: After
Samsung, HTC to manufacture mobile handsets in the country
Source: The Economic Times;
June 30, 2015
HTC has finalised its 'Make in India' plans, becoming the second major
global smartphone maker to produce handsets in the country, after
South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. The Taiwanese premium
smartphone maker has entered into an agreement with Global Devices
Network, which set up a manufacturing and assembling unit three months
ago in Noida, to make the handsets on contract. Trials have already
begun and commercial production is expected to start from mid-July,
initially catering to HTC's requirements in India and eventually
Africa and the Middle East, three senior industry executives said. An
email sent to HTC India did not elicit any response till Monday press
time. Global Devices Network managing director Nitesh Gupta confirmed
the company is in talks to start commercial assembling of HTC
smartphones, which should be finalized by next month. "It's a contract
manufacturing agreement," he said, declining to share further details.
Global Devices Network already produces smartphones for Zen and is in
talks with other device sellers. It is owned by the Gupta family of
New Delhi and distributes Samsung smartphones, manufactures mobile
phone accessories, invests in companies that distribute HTC
smartphones and runs a cellphone retail chain.
Delta, Lava, Hero and
Nidec to Announce Manufacturing Plans at Digital India Event
Source: TeleAnalysis; July
Today’s Digital India Week event is all set to write a new chapter in
India’s economic progress with many Indian as well as global companies
planning to announce their local manufacturing plans. Power company
Delta Group, Lava Mobiles, Hero Group and Nidec are some of the names
who are likely to announce manufacturing investment plans today at
‘Digital India Week’ function. The event is being inaugurated by prime
minister Narendra Modi at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
Apart from these companies, the mega event will witness unveiling of
Digital India logo, launching of Digital India Week and releasing of
policy documents by the government to encourage investments in the
Today’s Digital India Week event would be attended by ICT stalwarts
such as Tata Sons’ chairman Cyrus P Mistry, Reliance Industries’ CMD
Mukesh Ambani, Bharti Airtel’s CMD Sunil Mittal and Kumaramangalam
Birla, chairman of Aditya Birla Group. The event will also see the
presence of Anil Ambani, chairman, Reliance ADAG; Anil Agarwal,
chairman, Sterlite Technologies; Ping Cheng, CEO, Delta Electronics;
Azim Premji, chairman, Wipro; Hari Om Rai, chairman & MD, LAVA
International; Peter Gutsmeidl, CEO, Airbus Group; Pawan Munjal,
chairman, Hero Group; and Mikio Katayama, vice chairman, Nidec who
will share their vision and commitment on Digital India.
Digital India To Boost
Opportunities In Electronics Market
Source: CXO Today.com; July
Over the past few decades India has been the epicenter of consumer
demand fuelled by technological advances. Now with Prime Minister
Narendra Modi pushing forward the Digital India campaign, the paradigm
of business is undergoing a transformation.
Starting today, the country is celebrating the Digital India Week,
which is focused on the government’s emphasis on using technology to
ease services. The program includes: Digitize India Platform,
DigiLocker, National Scholarship Portal, e-Hospital and e-Sign.
It will have four portals or apps - Digital India Portal and Mobile
App, MyGov Mobile App, Swachh Bharat Mission App and Aadhaar Mobile
Update App to help people associate themselves with the government
As the base of all these technologies is electronics, this niche
market is poised for a huge growth.
Digital India Week:
Projects and policies launched by PM Narendra Modi
Source: The Indian Express
- Technology; July 1, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Digital India
programme to reform governance through technology. The vision of
Digital India programme also aims at inclusive growth in areas of
electronic services, products, manufacturing and job opportunities
etc. The vision of Digital India is centred on three key areas –
Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen, Governance &
Services on Demand and Digital Empowerment of Citizens.
These are the projects and policies announced at the event.
1) Digital Locker System aims to minimize the usage of physical
documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies. The
sharing of the e-documents will be done through registered
repositories thereby ensuring the authenticity of the documents
2) MyGov.in has been implemented as a platform for citizen engagement
in governance, through a “Discuss”, “Do” and “Disseminate” approach.
The mobile App for MyGov would bring these features to users on a
Vinay Shenoy, Chairman, India Electronics and Semiconductors
Association lauds Indian Government’s Digital India initiative
Source: IT Voice; July 1, 2015
IESA lauds Indian Government’s Digital India initiative. It is a
colossal project even on a global scale, delivering services digitally
to every one of 1.2 Billion citizens in the country. Inclusion is an
integral part of the program – Inclusion of all citizens in availing
digital services and equally important, inclusion of all cross
sections of the Industry – Indian start-ups, small, medium and large
and multinational enterprises in innovation, engineering and
manufacturing of electronic devices & equipment. Make in India is an
integral part of Digital India. IESA is proud to be associated with
the Digital India initiative and will leverage the collective value of
its members to realize Digital India and Make in India.
Digital India: Plan to invest $9 billion over 5-years, says Kumar
Source: The Economic Times; July 1, 2015
Aditya Birla group, which owns the country's third largest mobile
operator Idea Cellular, today said it will invest $ 7 billion over the
next five years in network roll out, broadband and wi-fi deployment.
Apart from that, the company will invest $ 2 billion over the next
five years in Digital India initiatives. Speaking during the launch of
Digital India, Aditya Birla group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said
the company has invested over $ 15 billion in the telecom industry
since entering the sector about 20 years ago. "Our investments in the
telecom industry have been in excess of $ 15 billion wherein we have
laid 1 lakh kms of fibre to further improve this digital
infrastructure, we plan to invest an additional $ 7 billion over the
next five years in areas such as network roll out, broadband and wi-fi
deployment," Birla said. He further said the company plans to invest $
2 billion in the next five years in projects falling within the ambit
of Digital India initiative such as electronics manufacturing, energy,
internet of things and smart cities. Birla said the group has been
involved in digitisation of the country in several ways through Idea
GLOBALFOUNDRIES Completes Acquisition of IBM Microelectronics Business
Source: Yahoo! India Finance; July 1, 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that it has completed its acquisition
of IBM’s Microelectronics business.
With the acquisition, GLOBALFOUNDRIES gains differentiated
technologies to enhance its product offerings in key growth markets,
from mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) to Big Data and
high-performance computing. The deal strengthens the company’s
workforce, adding decades of experience and expertise in semiconductor
development, device expertise, design, and manufacturing. And the
addition of more than 16,000 patents and applications makes
GLOBALFOUNDRIES the holder of one of the largest semiconductor patent
portfolios in the world.
“Today we have significantly enhanced our technology development
capabilities and reinforce our long-term commitment to investing in
R&D for technology leadership,” said Sanjay Jha, chief executive
officer of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “We have added world-class technologists
and differentiated technologies, such as RF and ASIC, to meet our
customers’ needs and accelerate our progress toward becoming a foundry
Flexible electronics centre at IIT-Kanpur to be launched by Prime
Source: Times of India; July 1, 2015
As a first in IITs, a flexible electronic centre worth Rs 133 crore is
in the process of being set up at IIT-Kanpur. This would be a first of
its kind facility across IITs, aimed at pioneering new flexible
electronics domain. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would launch the
flexible electronics centre under the digital India program on July 1.
PM would be doing the needful in Delhi. With PM launching the advance
facility at IIT-K, the institute administration is full of enthusiasm.
So far the new technology (flexible electronics) is not available in
the country but in a few years down the line, flexible electronics
would become part of every household.
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DIETY),
government of India, is assiting IIT-Kanpur in this project. The
department has assigned seven projects to the premier institute for
developing the equal number of the prototypes of the flexible
products. This includes solar cells, solar panels, sensors, display
units, secure packaging to name a few.
IESA extends full support to Government of India’s Digital India
Source: DeveloperIQ.in; July 2, 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.
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