Asus Joins Make in
India Club; Partners with Foxconn to Manufacture Zenfone 2 at Sri City
Source: Trak.in; October 3,
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
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.
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
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
“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
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.
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.
Expands Building Automation Portfolio with Three New High-Efficiency
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
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
Mybustickets.in, 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
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,
www.kerala.gov.in, 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
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.
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