IESA WINWire Oct 03 - 0ct 09, 2015
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Asus Joins Make in India Club; Partners with Foxconn to Manufacture Zenfone 2 at Sri City Plant
Source:; October 3, 2015

Asus, the Taiwanese multinational electronics firm which is World’s 5th largest PC manufacturer has joined the Make in India club. They have pledged their alliance with Make in India vision by announcing that all their handsets would be now manufactured in India.

They have partnered with Foxconn to manufacture their recently launched Zenfone 2 series at their Sri City plant in Andhra Pradesh. The new variants of Zeonfone 2 series has already been declared as one of the most popular smartphones in the country.

Peter Chang, Regional Head – South Asia & Country Manager – System Business Group – ASUS India, said, “The Indian government’s focus on ‘Make in India’ has opened a plethora of opportunities for international companies. It is an opportune time to make the announcement as it will enable us to bring our cutting edge products to consumers who are looking for features and design sensibilities of a high-end smartphone at an economic price.”

Govt looks to Taiwan for Make in India boost
Source: Hindustan Times; October 5, 2015

Indian telecom and information technology companies along with Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) will jointly explore opportunities to bring in more investment through the Make in India and Skill Development initiatives. A delegation of India companies will visit Taiwan between October 4-9 to undertake preliminary discussions with the Taiwan government officials and companies. The round two of attracting investments from Taiwan is expected to bring in more companies to collaborate with Indian firms for manufacturing.

Taiwanese technology major Foxconn, which has already lined up a 10-year $20-billion (`1.31 lakh crore) investment plan for India, is now looking to set up a payments bank across the country.

According to top government sources, the iPhone manufacturer is also eyeing possible investments in tech startups, data analytics, medical device manufacturing and logistics business.

Later this month an industry team represented by Pankaj Mohindroo, national president, Indian Cellular Association ( ICA), MN Vidyashankar, president, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), Rajoo Goel, secretary general, ELCINA Electronic Industries Association of India, Viral Bhulani, president, Indian Printed Circuit Association (IPCA), Amit Chadha, secretary, Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) along with five state government representatives will highlight the opportunities and areas of collaborations. Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha will also make presentation on “Attracting Investments in Electronics Sector”. Ajay Kumar, additional secretary, communications ministry will lead the Indian bureaucracy. Sources in the ministry said, “It is an opportunity where policy is in place and we hope to bring in awareness about the facilities that India can offer for manufacturing.’’

Indian Tech Industry Revenue to Touch $350 Billion by 2025: Nasscom
Source: NDTV Gadgets; October 5, 2015

Despite new challenges in the digital space, the Indian technology and services industry is on-track to reaching its goal of $225 billion (roughly Rs. 14,67,443 crores) in revenue by 2020 and further $350 billion (roughly Rs. 22,82,689 crores) by 2025, Nasscom chairman B.V.R. Mohan Reddy said on Monday. "The industry is well on track. We will achieve the target of $225 billion revenue by 2020 and $350 billion by 2025," Reddy told reporters at a press meet here. He also said that the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) was thinking of rebranding itself. The sectoral forecast was based on the report "Perspective 2025: Shaping the Digital Revolution" released by IT industry body Nasscom along with knowledge partner, McKinsey & Company. "The report identifies innovative and disruptive technologies that will shape the entreprise of the future. Our aspiration is to build cutting- edge solutions and services from India that will shape the digital revolution globally," he added. "Companies hoping to prosper in the new environment will have to closely watch six new service lines - Internet of Things, cyber-security, social, mobility, analytics and cloud," said Noshir Kaka, managing director of McKinsey & Company, India.

German electronics maker expands in India
Source: Nikkei Asian Review; October 6, 2015

German electronics giant Bosch said on Tuesday that it planned to invest 6.5 billion rupees ($99.4 million) in Asia's third largest economy in 2015.

The statement came as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Bosch facilities in the southern city of Bangalore, where they were briefed about the company's research, engineering and vocational education activities in India.

Modi tweeted that he had seen technological innovations at Bosch.
"India's software will move hardware across the world. India's talent will master technology and our market will motivate manufacturing," he said in another tweet. "I laud Chancellor Merkel for her vision where German engineering & Indian IT fuse to create world class products."

In a statement Bosch board member Peter Tyroller said "Our commitment to developing talent and the competence of our local engineers are part of our success story in India."

Haryana to allot 35 acres of land in HSIIDCs IEB to DETA
Source: ELE Times; October 7, 2015

Haryana government has allotted 35 acres of land at Barhi industrial estate in the state’s Sonipat district replicating country’s largest electrical and electronics market – Bhagirath Palace, New Delhi.

The allotted space is about 65 km from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport.

“The board of Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has approved allotment of 35 acres of land in HSIIDC’s fully developed Industrial Estate-Barhi to Delhi Electrical Traders Association (DETA), said Sanjeev Kaushal, principal secretary to the chief minister.

He said this followed the “persistent demand” from the country’s largest electrical and electronics market of Bhagirath Palace for setting up electrical and electronics market with opening of about 1,200 shop-cum-offices (SCO) in the market “which would give new wings to the electrical and electronics industry of the state”.

“The Enterprises Promotion Policy 2015 of the Haryana government has already laid emphasis on developing clusters of industries. Moving in line with this policy and in order to give further fillip to the region of industrial estate of Barhi, Rai and Kundli, the corporation has approved the proposal of the members of New Delhi Electrical Traders Association (Barhi unit),” he added.

NSDC Joins Hands with Infineon Technologies for Skill Development in Semiconductor Manufacturing
Source: EFY Times; October 7, 2015

Commenting on the partnership, Arunjai Mittal, Member of the Board of Infineon Technologies India said: “The semiconductor market in India is projected to grow by more than 20 percent annually in the years to come. Infineon appreciates the advances made in this field as well as the recent progress that India as a business destination has made. We are excited about this collaboration with NSDC and look forward to the overall success of this project.” The MoU primarily focusses on imparting electronics and semiconductor related knowledge and fundamental skills. These include packaging technology and semiconductor metrology, wafer level testing, collection organization and interpretation of production and product performance data, process capability, cycle time, yield, cost and quality. The curriculum shall also cover process development and yield enhancement, process performance improvements upon equipment modification, documentation of process development and failure analysis. All courses will be aligned into the Qualifications Pack - National Occupational Standards (QP-NOS) framework and obtain accreditation from the respective Sector Skill Council (SSC). NSDC will work with the respective SSC on conduct and assessment of the aligned course through their trained and certified Assessors. The electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) industry will benefit from the government's “Make in India” campaign and is projected to see investment proposals worth Rs 10,000 crore (US$ 1.61 billion) over the next two years, according to the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), an industry body.

Cadence inaugurates R&D facility in Pune
Source: Computerworld India; October 7, 2015

Cadence Design Systems announced the inauguration of a new facility in Pune, one of four Cadence research and development (R&D) facilities in India. The new 27,000-square-foot facility in Commerzone Tech Park will house employees engaged in technology development of various Cadence Tensilica Xtensa configurable processors and related products. Cadence acquired Tensilica in 2013, which has had an R&D facility in Pune since 2006.

In the last 28 years Cadence has built world-class centers in India to develop the cutting-edge electronic design automation (EDA) software, hardware and IP technologies to help build the electronics products we use in our daily lives. The company currently employs approximately 1,580 people in India (regular full-time employees), engaged in R&D, global customer support, field operations, and support functions.

Speaking about the facility, Jaswinder Ahuja, corporate vice president and managing director, Cadence Design Systems, said, “Cadence was among the first technology companies to establish an R&D facility in India back in 1987. Since then, we have grown significantly in terms of number of sites and employees, and also the kind of R&D work that we are doing out of India, and built a strong culture that encourages teamwork, respect, learning, fun and giving back to the community.”

NXP Semiconductors and Siemens Announce Intelligent Traffic Management Systems Partnership
Source: Yahoo! India Finance; October 7, 2015

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI) and Siemens AG (SIE.DE) today announced a partnership for secure, intelligent vehicle networking. Siemens will use technology from NXP Semiconductors and Cohda Wireless for secure communication of vehicles with surrounding traffic infrastructure. Siemens will deploy NXP technology for various ITS field tests and pilot projects, including the A58 motorway in the Netherlands, A9 motorway in Germany, and the Living Lab in Austria.

Siemens expects to globally deploy transport infrastructure such as overhead sign gantries and traffic lights in its roadside units (RSUs). RSUs are 802.11p WLAN-based radio modules that reliably and securely transmit information such as speed limits, warnings of icy roads or other dangerous situations, traffic jams and construction warnings within a fraction of a second to passing vehicles and traffic control centers. The successful adoption of vehicle to infrastructure technologies is expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion, reduces vehicle accidents and lower auto-related pollution.

ON Semiconductor Expands Building Automation Portfolio with Three New High-Efficiency KNX Transceivers
Source: Electronics Maker; October 7, 2015

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has introduced three new KNX certified twisted pair transceivers for smart building applications. The new devices allow small, low-cost external components, while delivering increased regulator current and boosting overall efficiency by up to 20 percent compared to existing solutions.

“The three new transceivers we are launching today support the world‘s most adopted standard for building automation, and enable designers to create even more cost-effective products offering greater functionality and energy efficiency,” said Ryan Cameron, vice president of Industrial and Timing products for ON Semiconductor. “Making buildings smarter is key to preserving the environment and ensuring energy security, as buildings currently represent about 40 percent of the world’s energy consumption.”

The NCN5110, NCN5121 and NCN5130 integrate two high-efficiency DC-DC converters and a 20 V low drop-out regulator for powering external loads from the bus. The devices are offered in a QFN-40 package and are specified for operation over the extended temperature range of -40°C to 105°C.

Vietnam seems big winner in US-anchored Pacific trade deal
Source: Yahoo! India Finance; October 7, 2015

An ambitious Pacific Rim trade deal anchored by the U.S. promises to boost the economies of its 12 participating countries by opening their markets to one another, but not all the gains will be spread evenly. Among the biggest winners of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is Vietnam, where booming garment and shoe industries are poised to benefit from the elimination of tariffs in the United States and other major importing nations. Experts say Japanese car and auto parts makers and Malaysia's electronics and semiconductor industry will also benefit from the trade deal, which was agreed on Monday after more than five years of negotiations. The pact, which still needs ratification from individual countries, aims to liberalize commerce and tighten labor and environmental standards across member nations that account for two-fifths of the world economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is central to President Barack Obama's policy of greater engagement with Asia to offset rising Chinese influence in the region. In theory, China could eventually join the pact if it met environmental and labor standards. As a result of being outside the club, Chinese manufacturers are likely to see some trade opportunities slip away, particularly as more Asian countries sign up.

Microsoft chips in for Telangana's smart city startup conclave
Source: Times of India; October 7, 2015

The India unit of software giant Microsoft has partnered with Telangana government for the first 'Smart City Startups Conclave.'

Representatives of startups, state officials and Microsoft experts took part in the conclave to map smart solutions for cities as the tech-giant rolled out its 'CityNext' programme in collaboration with state government to fetch "innovative, citizen-centric" ideas to develop smart cities.

The discussion focused on solutions and apps in areas of transport, healthcare, public safety, water and energy by startups from the Microsoft Ventures' Portfolio which among others included, Celstream, iBot and FlamencoTech.

State information technology minister K Taraka Rama Rao, who launched 'Accelerate India -- Technology for Growth,' a concept note with solutions available for smart cities from a total of 21 startups, said, "As a start-up state we thought our IT department should be proactive and figure out some smart solutions."

"We are committed for expanding e-governance, citizen services and economic growth. Developing smart cities is important to drive the state's growth," he said.

A pilot programme has been launched in Cyberabad with regard to electronic version of vehicle registration card and insurance, he said adding that government will ensure that transport department and traffic police accept electronic version on mobile phone or digital wallet.

SiTime’s High-performance Oscillators Provide Timing for Lattice Semiconductor FPGA Development Boards
Source: Electronics Maker; October 7, 2015

SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company, today announced that its high performance SiT9120 and SiT8256 oscillators are being used by Lattice Semiconductor on their ECP5™ Versa FPGA development board. The SiT9120 differential oscillator is used to drive the DDR3 memory on the board and the SiT8256 oscillator feeds Lattice’s ispClock™ device, a programmable PLL that drives multiple functions on the board. Lattice Semiconductor is also using SiTime’s low power SiT1602 oscillator in their HDR-60 video camera development kit (HDR-60 baseboard and NanoVesta headboard) and their iCE40 UltraLite™ breakout board.

“SiTime has become the leader in programmable MEMS timing solutions by offering high performance, feature-rich, flexible solutions that enable customers to streamline development and quickly deliver differentiated products – and this pairs well with Lattice’s goals,” said Piyush Sevalia, executive vice president of marketing at SiTime. “Lattice adopted our timing solutions for their high-end FPGA board because SiTime offers best-in-class performance along with unmatched reliability, configurability and availability. SiTime is revolutionizing the timing industry with breakthrough silicon MEMS-based solutions that enhance system performance and reliability.”

Kerala to set up security centres to check cyber attacks
Source: Deccan Chronicle; October 8, 2015

As part of securing the state data centres from cyber attacks, the state government is setting up security operation centres (SOC) at the two state data centres for 24X7 monitoring against hacking attempts. The IT department is also chalking out a two-pronged strategy on enhancing the security of the e-governance applications as well as the state's cyber security capabilities.

The recent hacking of the state government's official portal,, has prompted the government to take swift measures to review the security of the 500-odd e-governance applications of the state. The government is also seeking the services of cyber security experts in the private sector.

Kerala State IT Mission director Mohammed Safirulla told Deccan Chronicle that the SOCs would keep on monitoring any hacking attempts on the state's two data centre, one at Coop-bank Towers in the state capital and the new one at Technopark here.
The cyber experts at the centre would continuously review the security vulnerability and plug loopholes.

Gionee to start assembling mobile phones in India by March 2016
Source: The TeCake; October 8, 2015

Gionee India has announced on Thursday that the company is going to assemble its smartphones in India by March, 2016. Also, the firm revealed that the Indian assembled devices will be exclusively sold out in the country.

Contributing in the announcement,Gionee India Country CEO and MD Arvind R Vohra said in a statement, “By March, 2016 we expect to assemble all phones that will be sold in India at two outsourced locations in the country. So, we will be selling all ‘Made in India’ phones in India. We will have first such phone before Diwali.”

For the company’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, it has partnered Dixon Technologies and Foxconn for the smartphone manufacturing in the country, with an investment of over Rs 300 crore for next three years.

Dixon is a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider, headquartered in Noida, which is focused on delivering consumer electronics and home appliances for the Domestic (India) and International markets. While, Foxconn is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company, which is in talks to manufacture Apple’s iPhone in India.

Vishay Intertechnology’s ENYCAP™ Series of Hybrid Energy Storage Capacitors Named as 2015 Elektra Awards Finalist
Source: Yahoo! India Finance; October 8, 2015

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (VSH) today announced that the Vishay BCcomponents 196 HVC ENYCAP™ series of hybrid ENergY storage capacitors has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards in the category of “Passive & Electromechanical Product of the Year.” Offering designers exceptional flexibility and enhanced charge and discharge performance for energy harvesting and power line backup applications, the ENYCAP series features the best energy/volume rating in the industry and is available with a wide variety of layouts, capacitance values, and voltage ratings.

Presented by Electronics Weekly magazine, the Elektra Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and companies across the European electronics industry. Selected by an independent panel of judges, award winners in 20 categories will have demonstrated best practices in key areas, including innovation, sales growth, and employee motivation. Finalists in the “Passive & Electromechanical Product of the Year” category were chosen based on their technical innovation in design, use of materials, and packaging techniques.

Compiled by IESA Research

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