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Building and running a foundry requires expertise in the latest manufacturing technologies
Source: Electronics maker; March 12, 2016

The future for fabs in India looks positive, with the government planning to invest $10 billion to build two chip manufacturing facilities and $400 million to develop a microprocessor. Further, the Government of India has also created a dedicated “Electronics Development Fund” to provide a boost the nascent ESDM eco-system here, leveraging the venture capital community to promote hardware startups in India. The Electropreneur Park in Delhi, funded by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and Electronics India, in partnership with Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) and Delhi University is already up and running with the aim to identify and support 50 startups working on electronic product designing and development over the next five years. The Indian Fabs will have impact in three areas – on the domestic market, the international market and in ecosystem development. The setting up of the fabs will provide a much needed boost to the nascent and emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country. There are several advantages that fabs will bring: first, the ‘at home’ advantage will give domestic OEM’s and design firms access to the latest foundry techniques, tools and technologies to build products locally; second, it will reduce our dependency on importing chips, thus saving cost; third, It will encourage home grown entrepreneurs to design and develop products suited to the unique requirements of the domestic market; and lastly, it will help in the development of the local fabless semiconductor industry.

DeitY to pitch for ‘invest in India’ at CeBIT 2016
Source: ET Telecom; March 13, 2016

India will make a strong pitch to attract investments at IT trade fair CeBIT in Hannover next week, targeting $100 billion by 2020 in the electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) segment. Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) secretary Aruna Sharma will represent India at the prestigious event to be held from March 14 to 18 and present a case to propel investments under the ambitious Make in India initiative. "Dr Aruna Sharma is leading a government -industry delegation to participate in CeBIT 2016," DeitY said in a statement. The delegation will include officials from the Centre and state governments as well as top executives from India's leading ICT companies. The government is eying at an investment target of $100 billion USD by 2020 in the electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector under the ambitious Make in India program, the statement said. The electronics department has so far received investment proposals from 181 investors worth more than $18 billion. CeBIT is a well-known global IT trade fair and a platform to showcase ICT innovations worldwide. CeBIT is a German acronym that stands for Centrum fur Buro automation, Informations technologies und Tele communication and translates to Center for Office Automation, Information Technology and Telecommunication. DeitY is also setting up an exclusive Make in India pavilion to exhibit major initiatives undertaken by Central and state governments and to promote ESDM and skill development in addition to workshop to showcase India's fast emerging startup ecosystem.

RIL arm to invest Rs 1,300 cr in Haryana for electronics hub
Source: Hindustan Times; March 14, 2016

Model Economic Township -- wholly owned by Reliance Industries -- will develop an electronics manufacturing hub and footwear park at Jhajjar, Haryana with an investment of Rs 1,300 crore. Model Economic Township, formerly known as Reliance Haryana SEZ, also expects that the electronic hub and footwear park would attract a further investments of Rs 2,600 crore from units to be established inside it while generating about 20,000 employment opportunities. The firm has signed two MOUs (memorandum of understanding) with the Haryana government at the Happening Haryana global investors summit to develop 450-acre electronic manufacturing clusters and 500-acres footwear park. The proposed electronic hub and footwear park is part of 8,000 acre industrial town being developed by the company. “We are developing a large industrial town in Jhajjar district spread over 8,000 acres. We have already developed 290 acres. Now the company has decided to set up an electronic hub and footwear park. “ Model Economic Township Ltd Director SV Goyal told PTI. Elaborating on the company’s agreement with Haryana government, Goyal said: “We have signed two MoUs for the development of 450 acres for electronic manufacturing cluster and another 500 acres for Footwear Park.”

IT sector jobs to remain stable at least till 2020: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Source: Business Today; March 14, 2016

Jobs in the Indian IT sector are likely to remain stable at least till 2020 as per a report from World Economic Forum, Parliament was informed on Friday.

"According to a research report from WEF released recently, jobs in India's IT sector are likely to remain stable at least up to 2020," IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

Prasad further said according to Nasscom, the Indian information technology (IT) and information technology enabled services (ITeS) industry continues to be the largest private sector employer and a net hirer of personnel and employs about 3.7 million people.

"Further, as per Nasscom-Mckinsey study 'Perspective 2015', about 1.2-2 million people will be added to the IT-ITeS workforce by 2020," the minister said.

Electropreneur Park invites ESDM startups for incubation
Source: The Economic Times; March 14, 2016

To encourage innovation in domestic electronics startups, Electropreneur Park (EP) will organise a roadshow tomorrow in Delhi to reach out to the early stage and aspiring entrepreneurs across the country. EP is an incubation center, which support and nurture the best electronics startups. As a part of its initiative, EP will incubate 50 startups over a period of five years. Applications are being sought for 2016-17 from early stage entrepreneurs in electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector across the country. "EP 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 research and development to accelerate electronics innovation in the country," EP said in a statement. EP is a Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) project, funded by Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) and promoted by University of Delhi (DU) as academic partner, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) as implementation partner and CyberMedia India Limited as execution partner. The initiative will support 50 startups in ESDM space and is expecting to create 5 global companies over a period of five years. The park will focus on IP creation and product development to result in increased domestic value addition and will witness a unique integration of academia, industry, government and other incubation ecosystem elements.

OnePlus partners Foxconn to start manufacturing in India
Source: Business Standard; March 15, 2016

As it is looking at rapidly expanding into the Indian market, smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has partnered with contract manufacturer Foxconn to build its devices locally. The Chinese company is experimenting with its new OnePlus X smartphones before manufacturing its entire product range out of India. “We have a partnership with Foxconn for local manufacturing. We are going to have a deeper integration with them,” Pete Lau, founder and chief executive of the Shenzen-headquartered company told this newspaper. “Our goal is to have 90 per cent of the (OnePlus) devices sold in India be manufactured out of India by the end of 2017.” Unlike most other Chinese brands, OnePlus was incorporated in December 2014 with prime focus on global markets such as the US, Europe and India. The phones made a debut in India about 14 months earlier, through e-commerce major Amazon, its exclusive partner for the region. The company does not give sales data but the phones, mostly around Rs 20,000, have seen good acceptance among Indians who look at premium products at a mid-range price. “We are taking a step-by-step approach. Right now, we are taking our OnePlus X phones and doing testing for local manufacturing at the Foxconn facility. We have to ensure the quality of the product manufactured here remains intact,” said Lau.

IoT centre in Bengaluru will start operations from April
Source: Deccan Herald; March 15, 2016

The Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things, announced last year as part of the Digital India programme, will start functioning in Bengaluru next month. The CoE, which has also partnered with the Government of Karnataka, is co-located with NASSCOM 10000 startup warehouse. It will have a total space of 9,200 square feet. In an interaction with Deccan Herald, Nasscom Vice President (Industry Initiatives) K S Viswanathan said there will be a testing facility for prototypes of concepts for horizontal and vertical solutions. The facility will have five segments, which include co-location, validation and testing, design centre, demonstration centre and concept centre. “The facility is a multi-technical and inter-operable hardware platform, where startups can come, plug and use, and pay by use. We also provide enterprise connect for startups, including global and Indian companies, in addition to government organisations,” he said, adding the centre has already 30 partners on board, especially from industry and academia. “The CoE has already held primary discussions with Japan and South Korea, two partner countries who have evinced interest in the project. We will help facilitate their companies to also start operations in the IoT sphere here,” he said.

Canada to boost strategic ties with India with defence, nuclear push
Source: Economic Times; March 13, 2016

Canada is planning to send a delegation to the Def Expo in Goa later this month to explore partnership in the area of defence electronics as it eyes an expansion in strategic ties with India, including an opportunity to set up nuclear reactors in the country.

India is among the top priorities for the Justin Trudeau government that came to power late last year, Canadian High Commissioner to India Nadir Patel told ET.

Last April PM Narendra Modi had the opportunity to meet Trudeau when the latter was the Opposition leader. A Canadian nuclear mission comprising nuclear firms and officials visited India in October last year and both sides have explored cooperation in pressurised heavy water reactors, training, capacity building and nuclear waste management.
"Following this visit there have been intense discussions between the officials of the two countries. Given the opportunity Canada could consider setting up nuclear reactors in India and upgrading Indian reactors run on CANDU (Canada Deuterium Uranium) technology," Patel said.

Wipro, Schneider Electric partner to develop Smart City solutions
Source: The Economic Times; March 15, 2016

Wipro today announced a strategic partnership with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automated systems, to develop convergent solutions for India's Smart Cities. Wipro and Schneider Electric will collaborate to enable the delivery of cost-effective and efficient citizen services to urban and rural communities. Both organisations will jointly develop solutions in the Smart City space for India and global markets, Wipro said in a statement here. Smart Cities have a strong and equal play of operational technology (OT) along with information technology to provide convergent solutions, it said. Wipro and Schneider already have a strong partnership around IT, Data Centers, connectivity, Intelligent Building Management Systems and Data Center Infrastructure Management solutions, the statement said, adding, both are collaborating to focus on key OT areas like energy optimization, analytics and citizen service improvement for smart cities.

Govt. proposes three new IT growth corridors
Source: The Hindu; March 16, 2016

Telangana government has finalised three new IT growth corridors in Budwel, Miyapur and Tellapur, where around 250 acres of land for each corridor would be made available for private players to move in and help develop facilities under Public, Private Partnership (PPP) mode. “The lands belong to the government, so investors can look at building infrastructure facilities like what the Rahejas and others have done in Hi-Tec City, Gachibowli and other areas,” said IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, at an investors’ meet organised to tap opportunities in urban growth area in Telangana, here on Tuesday. Representatives from 25 nationwide firms participated in the interactive session chaired by Minister for IT K.T. Rama Rao. An Electronics Manufacturing Policy would be unveiled within the next fortnight and the State was looking for partners to take up clusters at Maheshwaram and near Fab City where interested developers could take up basic infrastructure work and get clients to set up bases. More than 600 acres was available at these sites. Another 250 acres was earmarked at Mamidipally for building five million sq ft of built-up space for ‘plug and play’ office space. Besides, the government was already going for expansion of the second phase of T-Hub on a 10-acre site at Raidurg at a cost of Rs. 180 crore and aimed to provide 3.5 lakh sq ft space.

Make in India key for Honeywell: Arijit Ghosh
Source: Mint; March 16, 2016

Make in India is at the heart of Honeywell’s strategy in the country and that has been for 40 years, said Arijit Ghosh, president of Honeywell Aerospace India. In line with this strategy, Honeywell is investing heavily in the next generation of Indian aerospace engineers and pilots, Ghosh said. Edited excerpts of the interview. India is a very important market for Honeywell’s businesses, including aerospace. With the Indian aviation industry investing in new technology to increase domestic productivity and build world-class products suitable for international export, it’s a great time for us to be active and present in the region, delivering technologies and services that improve productivity, performance and efficiency. Honeywell has been working in India since the 1930s, and our aerospace legacy in the country spans four decades. We have established long-term relationships with the Indian government and ministry of defence, as well as companies such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and the country’s leading airlines.

India's first mobile cluster to get ready by August 2016
Source: The Times of India; March 16, 2016

Shri Venkateswara Mobile and Electronics Manufacturing Hub in Tirupati, the country's first mobile manufacturing electronics cluster will be up and running by by August 2016, said Murali Retineni, executive director, Celkon. The cluster will have production units of Micromax, Karbonn, Lava and Celkon, each of whom will be investing Rs 50 crore in the first phase. The hub, situated opposite the Tirupati airport, is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs within a year and contribute at least 5% of the all-India target of 15 lakh jobs by the year 2019, as per a release by Indian Cellular Association. Retineni expects a minimum production of 20 lakh handsets per month. In an attempt to reduce dependence on Taiwan and other countries for import of components, Indian companies are in talks with component manufacturers to be part of the hub. Components such as the LCD screen, touch panels, plastics etc are traditionally imported from other countries. "By next year, our dependency on imported components will be restricted to 10%," he said. In a bid to promote local manufacturing, the mobile companies manufacturing in the hub have been given several benefits for the hub such as subsidised land, capital subsidies, reduced logistics and power tariff, etc. Retineni's Celkon, which will be part of the hub, on Tuesday , launched two 4G enabled tablets, Diamond 4G Tab 8 (Rs 8,333) and Diamond 4G Tab 7 (Rs 6,333), with special discounts for Tamil Nadu students.

Rs 1,20,000 crore investment in electronics manufacturing: Government
Source: The Economic Times; March 16, 2016

With efforts on to make India an electronics manufacturing hub, the government today said the total investment in the sector has now reached Rs 1,20,000 crore, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today. He told the Lok Sabha that the government was promoting electronics manufacturing in a very big way and giving incentives and providing electronics clusters to investors. "When our government came (in 2014), the total investment in electronics manufacturing was Rs 11,500 crore. Now it has reached Rs 1,20,000 crore. That is the kind of investment we are getting," he said during Question Hour. Prasad said the government was working to make India a big hub of electronics manufacturing in which the Centre and state governments have to play a crucial part. "Therefore, we would like to say that by 2020, India must also promote export of consumer goods. I want to assure this House that a large number of companies like Foxtone, Apple and others are keen to invest in India and we are creating an enabling atmosphere," he said. The Minister said two companies have shown interest in electronics chip manufacturing and government's effort is to make India an important centre of chip manufacturing. "I want to inform that now India is making about 11 crore mobile phones. That is a growth of 83 per cent in quantity terms this year. The growth of LED is 37 per cent. Others include LED light is 65 per cent and tablet is 27 per cent. We are promoting it. I had called a meeting of the IT Ministers of all States," he said.

State will become a defence base of India: IT Secretary
Source: The Hindu; March 17, 2016

The Telangana State would be developed into a start-up and defence capital base of India in the coming years, opined Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary and Jayaraman, Director of DRDL, here at the inauguration of Chamber for Indian Industries, Telangana’s annual meeting on Wednesday.

Mr. Ranjan said that the T-Hub has tied-up with industries in the UK, the US and Israel and is growing steadily. The mega incubator has also taken in young student entrepreneurs from colleges to bring up a brand of youth who are good at innovation. Speaking at the meet, Dr. Jayaraman, senior scientist and Director of Defence Research Development Laboratory, Hyderabad said the city offers a conducive atmosphere for defence research, innovation and equipment development. “The city with its three esteemed defence laboratories will soon become the defence base of India,” he said.

Telangana has developed a supporting start-up ecosystem as it is using a sand-box model to help develop rural entrepreneurship. “The first initiative started in Nizamabad district as Kakatiya Sand Box which encourages entrepreneurial ventures among youth,” said Mr. Ranjan at the meet.

Lenovo beats HP to become largest PC vendor in India
Source: Livemint; March 17, 2016

Chinese technology company Lenovo Corp. overtook US-based Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) to become the largest personal computer (PC) vendor in India in the three months to December as it benefited from large government contracts.

According to data released by research firm Gartner Inc. on Wednesday, Lenovo posted the highest increase in its India market share for the PC segment.

Lenovo’s PC shipments accounted for more than a quarter of the total market, with its share reaching 25.3% in the three months to December from 18% in the year-ago period.
HP’s market share fell to 23.3% in quarter from 25.5% in the year-ago period.
Dell Inc, the third largest PC vendor in the country, saw a decline in market share to 20.6% in the quarter from 24.1% a year earlier.

“Lenovo moved into the number one position in PC shipment in India in the fourth quarter of 2015 due to the state government order execution in the quarter which helped Lenovo experience the largest increase in market share,” Gartner said in its report.

PC shipments in India totalled almost 2.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, a 10.6% increase over the fourth quarter of 2014.

Vicor Modules Support the Data Center Infrastructure Highlighted by Google at Open Compute Summit
Source: Press Release; March 18, 2016

Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) today announced its latest generation of 48V Direct-to-PoL (Point-of-Load) power components. These modules, which allow contemporary low-voltage, high-current CPUs, GPUs, ASICs and DDR memory to be powered off of a 48V distribution bus, enable unprecedented power density, conversion efficiency and low power system distribution loss. Evidencing advances in power conversion engines, control systems and modular power technology, Vicor’s latest 48V modules are being introduced following the Open Compute Project (“OCP”) Summit 2016 at which Google announced its initiative to promote 48V server and distribution infrastructure as a standard for data centers. Patrizio Vinciarelli, President and CEO of Vicor, commented: “By developing its 48V server infrastructure, Google pioneered green data centers. And by promoting an open 48V rack standard, Google is now enabling a reduction in the global cloud electricity footprint.”

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