National Policy on Electronics (NPE) was approved by Union Cabinet in the year 2012. This is targeted towards making Electronic System and Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in India self capable in terms of domestic demand and also to encourage and increase export of Made in India ESDM products.
VLSI Design Conference 2013 is now inviting design abstract submissions for the following categories:
Bangalore based startup, Saankhya Labs’ Universal TV demodulator chip has been nominated as one of the finalists for the prestigious ACE awards instituted by UBM (publisher of EETimes and EDN) in the SoC category.
The irrepressible Mr. Sibal has done it again. He thinks that a high powered govt. committee can supervise the manufacture of a mil-spec Akash (Siblet – I have borrowed this name from @comicproject on Twitter) through BEL and ECIL for $45. Let me get this straight – a few current and retired bureaucrats who probably majored in English or Hindi Lit will now tell some folks at a sarkari company how to design a tablet and get it done. Secondly, he wants the tab to be Indegenized. This is getting beyond ridiculous to say the least.
I came across a blog written by Deepak Sekar, the Chief Scientist at Monolithic 3D and he makes several interesting points as to how Korea became the De-facto memory hub. The story of Korea in the 1960s and where India is now is uncannily similar. Hopefully, the Indian Government takes lessons from this and formulates a policy that works here. Let’s look at the points Deepak makes and see what could be applicable in the Indian context:
It has been well over twenty five years since Texas Instruments first set up shop in Bangalore. Other global semiconductor vendors have since made Bangalore, and more recently NOIDA, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai into huge R&D hubs that develop products for global consumption. Indian engineers are now designing latest chips and systems using cutting edge technologies. However, not a single Indian chip company has emerged onto the global scene given all this teeming talent. This in itself is surprising, as the low cost Indian environment should make hi-tech businesses thrive. It is said that a semiconductor startup in the Silicon Valley has to raise funds in the range of of US $50m – $60m to be successful. With India’s lower costs of engineering resources, this number could be cut by half or a third, and make life much more simple for the VC as well as the entrepreneur. However, we don’t really see this happening. Why? Probably because India lacks the advanced angel investor culture that focusses on funding and advising hi-technology startups.