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Over the years IESA has been recognizing and awarding break-through innovation in the ESDM space during Technovation Awards, covering Industry and Academic circles. Due to lot of requests and in view of the large number of holidays this month, the last date for receiving nominations for Technovation Awards 2016 has been extended till November 25, 2016. Kindly send in your nominations before the final deadline of November 25, 2016. Nomination Form available on IESA Technovation Website. Click on the link for details

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India woos Chinese mobile phone manufacturers
Source: The Indian Express; October, 2016

The Government will offer full support to Chinese companies who want to set up mobile manufacturing plants in India to tap the country's growing handset market, an official said. The official said there would be clearly differentiated field for those who look "India only as a market" and those who choose to partner with Indian firms.

"There is unprecedented opportunity in this space between Chinese manufacturers and Indian companies. For those who are willing to come in and partner us in India, we will offer every kind of support whether it be at central government or at state government level," Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) Secretary, Aruna Sundararajan, said on Sunday.

She was speaking at the second 'India China Mobile Phone and Accessories Manufacturing Summit'.

"We would welcome partners who will come and manufacture in India. There will be clearly differentiated field for those who look India only as a market and those who choose to partner with us in India," Sundararajan said.

She further said, India is at present a 280-million smartphone market and the government has a goal that every Indian should have an access to smartphone.

"You will find extremely supportive and welcoming environment. You will find enough industry partners who will guide you through and make sure that you find India a profitable and rewarding state to do business," Sundararajan said.

Kloudpad plans to set up tablet manufacturing facility in TN
Source: The Hindu; October 23, 2016

UK-based Kloudpad is looking to set up a digital tablet manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu in a bid to consolidate its Indian operations in the South.

"We have the full-fledged research team in the UK. We were also interested in the Indian opportunity and started our Indian operations in 2012," Aromal Jayaraj Shikky, Managing Director of Kloudpad said.

Mr. Shikky said the firm was in talks with Tamil Nadu government's industries department on the manufacturing unit.

Kloudpad, focused on healthcare, education, public safety and retail segments, offers 'ruggedised' tablet PCs, accessories, software and wireless infrastructure at point of service.

Currently, the company makes the tabs at a facility in Shenzhen China and from a small facility in Delhi.

"Since India has a great potential and given the Indian government's thrust to electronics manufacturing and Make in India initiative, we are planning to consolidate our operations here," Mr. Shikky said.

He also said the firm is keen in setting up manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu because of the presence of a robust manufacturing ecosystem and availability of the tech and engineering talent.

The firm counts the Government of Tamil Nadu, corporates such as Lulu Group, Dhathri Ayurveda Group, Ernst and Young and Aster Medcity as its key customers.

Rafale Equipment Provider Asked To Set Up Manufacturing Facility in Goa
Source: Huffington Post; October 23, 2016

France-based Safran group, which provides supplies to Rafale fighter jet manufacturers, has been asked to set up a facility which manufactures a small component of the company's import requirement from Goa, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday.

Speaking during the inauguration of a helicopter maintenance and repair centre in Sattari, in North Goa, Parrikar said that he hoped to see the manufacturing facility develop from a copter repair and maintenance operation to a helicopter engine manufacturing facility.

"Flacma, a part of the Safran group, supplies 20-25 per cent components to Rafale. So I told them to come with a small component of their requirement of importing from India into Goa," Parrikar said.

The Defence Minister also said that out of the total value of ?59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal, nearly ?30,000 crore have been dealt with the procurement of equipment for the manufacture of the jets.

Parrikar said that the helicopter maintenance and repair facility in Goa was "vital" as far as the military facilities in Western India are concerned.

"In Western region, engines could be directly sent here so that they do not have to struggle at the base depot. This is first phase," the Defence Minister said.

Domestic manufacturing sector must gear up to face challenges from China, Robotics technology: Anant Geete
Source: Voice and Data; October 23, 2016

The public and private enterprises in India's manufacturing sector must provide quality products at an affordable cost thereby obtaining economies of scale to face challenges posed by China together with latest technologies of automation and robotics, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Anant Geete said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.

"The era of globalisation has led to cut-throat competition across the world thereby making it a challenge for our manufacturing sector to survive, we need to face up to these global challenges else we might get isolated," said Mr Geete while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM International Conference on 'Industry 4.0: Smart Manufacturing.'

He said that though the government felt that pushing the industrial sector will lead to create more job opportunities but the upcoming robotics technology might lead to significant job losses.

He also said that India's manufacturing sector has been reeling under distress during the course of past few years due to various reasons.

Highlighting how the government came to the rescue of domestic steel industry by fixing the minimum import price for steel as China was supplying finished products at the cost at which domestic industry gets raw material, he said, "This is how China has been destabilising the domestic steel sector and more or less a similar situation is there in the entire manufacturing sector."

Make In Odisha: 800 Cos register to participate
Source: Odisha TV; October 24, 2016

As many as 800 companies from across the globe have evinced interest to participate in the three-day 'Make In Odisha' conclave scheduled to be held here from November 30 to December 2.

It would be organised under the joint aegis of Government of Odisha and Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Government of India. The objectives of the conclave are to showcase manufacturing ecosystem in Odisha, highlight investment opportunities and elicit investment intentions from the corporate.

The companies from various industrial and manufacturing fields have registered with the State government to attend the investors' meet, touted to be the biggest gathering of global industrial bodies, potential investors and business chambers in the State so far. An official of the Industries Department informed this after a review meet by chief secretary AP Padhi in this regard on Friday.

On preferential basis, the State government will soon shortlist the companies and seek investment in its 'investible projects' during the grand show. These projects cover an array of sectors- chemicals, petrochemicals & plastics, textiles, healthcare & biotech, agro & food processing, IT & electronics system design & manufacturing (ESDM), tourism, industrial parks, logistics & transport, Smart City projects, energy and downstream industries in steel and aluminium.

Government looking into sticking points in FDI policy
Source: The Hindu Business Line; October 24, 2016

The Government is trying to address specific lingering policy issues in various sectors despite the easing of foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, a top official said here today.

"We are also trying to address specific policy issues in various sectors. We have identified a number of them that remain despite liberalisation in FDI (policy). There could be issues in various sectors," Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said while addressing the India-Japan Business Co-operation Committee.

"There are so many other issues on infrastructure, taxation... We are taking up all this. Some of them are being resolved."

The government earlier this year approved changes in the FDI regime. The reforms included allowing 100 per cent inflow in the civil aviation and food processing sectors while easing norms in defence and pharmaceuticals.

It also permitted 100 per cent FDI under the automatic route in several wings of broadcasting carriage services, which include teleports, direct-to-home, cable networks, mobile TV and headend-in-the sky broadcasting service.

"We are aware that the business climate has not been the best possible earlier, but now there is tremendous stress and thrust on improving it," Abhishek said.

This Chinese component maker is going to invest $1 billion in India
Source: Business Insider; October, 2016

Chinese component maker Holitech Technology, which makes LCD and touchscreen panels for mobile phones, is going to invest a whopping $1 billion in India.

Bingshuang Chen, chief executive of Holitech Technology, said the company was waiting for research and development (R&D) expertise to grow in India.

"From our point of view, next year will be best time for us to enter the country...It (investment) could be as big as $1billion considering the requirement of facilities, equipment and all other technical aspects," he told ET. A high-level Chinese delegation is in India. "If Foxconn has not got its own component makers yet, why would others take the plunge. Indian handset makers are already purchasing components from China, so there needs be a compelling business driver for Chinese component makers to invest heavily locally," Vishal Tripathi, research director at Gartner India, told ET.

This investment comes at a time when states such as Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana etc are vying for Chinese investments and are luring them with developed land and skilled manpower.

UP secretary for information technology, Sanjiv Saran said the state will soon begin giving 200% refundable VAT (value-added tax) to companies for building manufacturing units in the state.

Aura Semiconductor Raises Series A Funding
Source: Business Wire; October 25, 2016

Aura Semiconductor, a provider of high performance analog mixed signal solutions, today announced that it has completed Series A round of equity investment from Bay Area based WRV Capital.

Aura has innovative semiconductor technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT) Radios, Timing and Portable Audio markets. Aura's products bring significant differentiation with emphasis on high performance, low area and reduced power consumption.

"We have developed state of the art solutions across multiple verticals that are sampling with customers worldwide," said Srinath Sridharan, CEO of Aura. "We stand to benefit immensely from WRV's unmatched semiconductor sector knowledge and relationships to accelerate our growth.

"We are excited to support Aura in all their product verticals," said Lip-Bu Tan, Founder Partner of WRV Capital. "Their accomplished management team is tackling compelling market opportunities, with differentiated products that have clear benefits to end customers. We look forward to helping them scale globally."

WRV Capital is a venture capital firm focusing primarily on early stage investments in hardware, semiconductor and other technology-related companies. It seeks to invest globally in core technology companies. WRV Capital was co-founded by Nicholas Brathwaite, Michael Marks, and Lip-Bu Tan. The firm is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA.

Government receives proposals for 30 startups
Source: The Times of India; October 25, 2016

The state industries department has received over 30 startup proposals by Monday evening after launching a website — — for inviting people interested in setting up ventures with government support.

The proposals received so far include ideas for setting up pearl-farming, audiovisual editing centre and food-packaging units. "The proposals have come from people having +2 to PhD degrees. The idea is to promote entrepreneurship right from the grassroots level," industries department principal secretary S Siddharth told TOI on Monday.

Siddharth said the first lot of startup ventures would be selected after Chhath. The selected ones would be given Rs10 lakh each as seed money (the initial capital to start a business) and a common office space.

"Setting up a website for submission of proposals is one of the mandatory provisions under the Bihar Startup Policy, 2016. Accordingly, we launched a user-friendly website on Sunday. The proposals selected through the website would be allotted incubation space, a mentor and seed funds as well," said Siddharth. The startup policy was approved by the state cabinet on September 6.

IoTNext Returns: Global IoT Summit on Realities and Road Ahead
Source: PR News Wire; October 25, 2016

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, along with, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE, Bangalore Chapter), with a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally, will be hosting the second edition of IoTNext to co-learn, discuss and debate current IoT (Internet of Things) deployment successes and challenges and as well as deliberate on the next wave of IoT possibilities on November 9th and 10th, 2016 at Hotel Sheraton, Bengaluru.

This year, with the theme 'Realities and Road Ahead', the Global IoT summit will include sessions and tracks on 'Industrial IoT/Industry 4.0', 'Safe Nation', 'Smart Agriculture and Food', 'Road Ahead for IoT' and 'Innovations from India'. Companies like Samsung, Accenture, GE, IBM, Intel, NABARD and many more have already partnered with IoTNext in its 2016 journey. The event will host a developer's workshop in parallel and showcase top 50 IoT start-ups from India. For the start-up ecosystem, IoTNext will have a panel discussion on how the incubators and accelerators can help the IoT start-ups with a star cast of hardware/IoT accelerators like SINE (IIT Mumbai), IKP EDEN, NASSCOM Deity IoT CoE as well as HAX. Benjamin Joffe, General Partner at HAX, the most successful IoT hardware accelerator will be at the event.

Oppo, Vivo plan to invest Rs 4000 crore in UP to build large-scale campuses
Source: ET Telecom; October 25, 2016

Chinese smartphone companies Oppo and Vivo plan to invest a combined Rs 4,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh to set up large-scale campuses, replicating their China models, which will have manufacturing plants, space for suppliers and accommodation for staff, as part of their expansion plans for India.

"Oppo is almost finalised…200 acres...they will bring Rs 1,000 crore by themselves, while Rs 1,000 crore investment will come through their vendors," said Sanjiv Saran, information technology secretary of Uttar Pradesh. "Vivo is also asking for 200 acres of land. They have seen the plot, but have some problems with that…we are sorting that out. Their investment will also be to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore."

Land for the two companies may be allotted in Greater Noida.

Oppo and Vivo are already among India's top 10 smartphone companies by volume market share, although they are relative newcomers. Manufacturing in India will help them bring products to the market faster and offer devices at lower prices.

The two companies have been among the more aggressive smartphone players in the lead up to this festive season, spending Rs 80-100 crore each, double of what they did last year, on marketing. Their plans for India include developing townships on the proposed campuses. Oppo plans to set up accommodation for 30,000 people.

"Make in India", "Skill India", "Digital India" Positive signals of new Transformation
Source: Voice and Data; October 25, 2016

Minister of Information and Broadcasting, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that digital and mobile tools have been leading to paradigm shifts in the M&E sector.

The growth of varied platforms such as 4G, broadband, mobile technologies, digital media has enabled the M&E sector to move towards "Convergence across platforms and content".

The Government of India's "Make in India", "Skill India" and "Digital India" campaigns were clearly positive signals of the new transformation including GST which is expected to be a game changer for the M&E sector.

Naidu stated this while delivering the keynote address at the inaugural function of the 5th Edition of CII Big Picture Summit at New Delhi today. The theme of this year's Summit is 'Embracing Disruption to Stay Competitive'.

Regarding opportunities in the skill sector for the M&E industry, Naidu said that the Government is fully aware of the acute shortage of professionals across different segments.

He mentioned that he would like the industry to give its recommendations on the steps to be taken to match demand and supply as well as the recommendations emerging from the discussions at the summit for the different sessions focusing on skill assessment and needs.

On the issue of growth prospects for the industry, Naidu said that as part of the national policy, the Government would work with the industry to develop infrastructure to get the right talent at the appropriate sectors.

We need to design in India, too
Source: Mint; October 26, 2016

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Make in India' campaign in 2014, the focus of the campaign was to compel national and multinational companies to manufacture in India—a vision which resonates with all of us. The focus is job creation and skill development and the end objective is to make India a manufacturing and designing hub.

As Narendra Modi mentioned in his inaugural speech at Digital India Week, "Make in India is important but Design in India is equally important". And truly, Design in India is a key catalyst for Make in India.

To make India a manufacturing and designing hub, we need a strong hardware ecosystem in India. Currently, smartphone demand in India is more than what we can produce. To address this situation, we need to speed up the manufacturing process. Companies have set up about 35 new smartphone factories with a production capacity of about 18 million devices a month in the last two years, encouraged by the central government's announcement of a tax rationalisation for electronics products to boost local electronics manufacturing.

The new manufacturing units have generated employment for 37,000 people and led to a five-fold increase in capacity. The journey we can say is just begun and there's a long way to go as a large portion of the manufacturing still happens outside India. Most of the components are not available locally and as a result, a lot of them have to be imported.

India will be home to 10,500 startups by 2020: Nasscom
Source: The Economic Times; October 26, 2016

India has emerged as the third largest start-up base and such ventures are poised to grow 2.2 times to reach 10,500 by 2020 despite a perception that the ecosystem in the country has slowed down in the last year, says a report.

India is in the third position just behind US and UK, and nearly 1,400 new startups are expected by end of 2016, up by 8-10% from last year, revealed the "Indian Startup Ecosystem Maturing - 2016" report by Nasscom-ZINNOV.

The report also finds that Bengaluru, NCR, and Mumbai continue to lead as the major startup hubs in the country.

In terms of vertical growth, investors are looking at domains like health-tech, fin-tech, and edu-tech. With a total funding of approximately $4 billion, close to 650 startups were funded signifying a healthy growth of the ecosystem, the report said.

"The startup landscape in the country is becoming the epitome of innovation, with companies bringing out solutions that are aimed at solving locally relevant issues... Nasscom believes that the contribution by startups have been growing at a rapid rate and the landscape has a huge potential in terms of business stability, revenue growth and further innovation," said Nasscom Chairman C P Gurnan

Mentor Graphics, Northwest Logic, and Krivi Semiconductor Announce Availability of Complete DDR4 SDRAM IP Design and Verification Solution
Source: Yahoo Finance; October 26, 2016

Mentor Graphics® Corporation (MENT), Northwest Logic and Krivi Semiconductor today announced the availability of a complete DDR4 SDRAM IP design and verification solution that enables ASIC and FPGA design teams to quickly design and verify DDR4 memory subsystems in the Mentor Graphics IP Partnership Program. Together, Mentor Graphics, Northwest Logic, and Krivi Semiconductor enable customers to reduce time-to-market by a factor of 2X by integrating complementary design and verification IP into a single flow. Northwest Logic provides silicon-proven, high-performance, easy-to-use memory controller design IP for use in both ASICs and FPGAs along with a comprehensive set of add-on cores, while Krivi Semiconductor offers state-of-the-art DDR PHY with DFI compatibility and minimum integration overhead. Mentor Graphics supplies a comprehensive, configurable, ready-to-go verification IP tool suite for memory controllers and interfaces.

The Mentor Graphics IP Partnership Program provides a complete ecosystem enabling rapid integration of design and verification IP for ASIC and FPGA design teams. By enabling early access to design IP from leading suppliers by Mentor Graphics, and reciprocal early access to Mentor Graphics' Questa® Verification IP (QVIP) by leading design IP suppliers, the program provides high performance, high quality, pre-validated design IP, and pre-configured, easy-to-use, ready-to-go verification IP. As a result, SoC project teams can cut their IP design and verification time in half.

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