IESA WINWire June 27 - July 03, 2015
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IESA, TiE and MediaTek Labs Aegis Indian IoT start-ups across Variant Verticals
Source: Ele Times; 27 June, 2015

http://www.eletimes.com/news/iesa-tie-and-mediatek-labs-aegis-indian-iot-start-ups-across-variant-verticals/

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 also organized.

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 hardware-making: KTR
Source: The Hindu; June 27, 2015

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/focus-on-electronic-hardwaremaking-ktr/article7360098.ece

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 28, 2015

http://www.livemint.com/Industry/zqbbEPxFCMIpBuMMappcNN/Sony-may-consider-to-set-up-manufacturing-plant-in-India.html

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

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/electronics/tax-structure-lack-of-incentives-impacting-electronics-manufacturing-ceama/articleshow/47850432.cms

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 28, 2015

http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/make-in-india-bharti-enterprises-likely-to-start-making-set-top-boxes-in-india/47852116

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

http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/odisha-delegation-in-us-to-woo-investors-115062901254_1.html

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

http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/stpi-to-set-up-incubation-facility-at-balasore-115063001272_1.html

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

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/make-in-india-after-samsung-htc-to-manufacture-mobile-handsets-in-the-country/articleshow/47873827.cms?utm_source=
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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 1, 2015

http://www.teleanalysis.com/news/delta-lava-hero-digital-india-week-15905.html

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 country.

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 1, 2015

http://www.cxotoday.com/story/narendra-modis-digital-india-to-boost-opportunities-in-electronics-market/

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 initiatives.

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

http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/projects-and-policies-launched-at-digital-india-week/

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 online.
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 mobile phone.

Vinay Shenoy, Chairman, India Electronics and Semiconductors Association lauds Indian Government’s Digital India initiative
Source: IT Voice; July 1, 2015

http://www.itvoice.in/index.php/it-magazine/vinay-shenoy-chairman-india-electronics-and-semiconductors-association

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 Mangalam Birla
Source: The Economic Times; July 1, 2015

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/digital-india-plan-to-invest-9-billion-over-5-years-says-kumar-mangalam-birla/articleshow/47900271.cms

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 Cellular.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Completes Acquisition of IBM Microelectronics Business
Source: Yahoo! India Finance; July 1, 2015

https://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/globalfoundries-completes-acquisition-ibm-microelectronics-100000661.html

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 powerhouse.”

Flexible electronics centre at IIT-Kanpur to be launched by Prime Minister today
Source: Times of India; July 1, 2015

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Flexible-electronics-centre-at-IIT-Kanpur-to-be-launched-by-Prime-Minister-today/articleshow/47888073.cms

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 campaign
Source: DeveloperIQ.in; July 2, 2015

http://www.developeriq.in/news/2015/jul/02/iesa-extends-full-support-to-government-of-indias-/

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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