Category — Semiconductors

Semtech Partners with Tata Communications

Camarillo, California-based Semtech Corporation has teamed up with Tata Communications to launch India’s first applications center to facilitate LoRa, or long range networks, technology in Mumbai.

The Economic Times reports a joint statement by the two companies which said that this center will allow enterprise customers and Internet of Things  solution providers to deploy and test their applications over a LoRaWAN-based low power, wide area network. As many as 35 IoT applications can be deployed across Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. Research firm IDC estimates that the global IoT market will grow to $7.1 trillion by 2020, up from $1.9 trillion in 2013.


“The current LoRaWAN-based network allows millions of devices to be connected, and our goal is to have 200 million end devices connected by 2019,” V.S. Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head – Internet of Things, Tata Communications said.

December 22, 2016   No Comments

India to Design RISC-V Processors

Indian engineers are hoping to develop its first 64bit microprocessor once the government’s R&D division receives about $45 million funding before June. If funding is released as expected, the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a branch of India’s Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, could assemble a 64-bit RISC-V processor in about 30 months, said Biju C. Oommen, a senior manager in C-DAC’s chip design unit. The team consists of about 70 engineers who have designed a wide variety of 8- to 32-bit processors and SoC blocks reports EE Times.

Separately a team of about 30 designers at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has been working for more than two years on a family of 32- and 64-bit open source processors based on RISC-V. The work started in  2011 under the name Shakti which means power and the chips originally used IBM Power cores.

“We focus on IoT devices partly because that’s a buzzword, there’s a requirement in India for them and most volumes are there, be we also have a five-stage pipeline design for higher end embedded stuff,” said G. S. Madhusudan, a principal scientist working on the project at IIT Madras. Madhusudan said he expects at least one startup will be formed soon to develop a variant of a Shakti chip targeting government requirements for high security.


February 13, 2016   No Comments

Cricket Semiconductor to Establish India’s First Analog Fab

U.S.-based chip manufacturing company Cricket Semiconductor is setting up a $1 billion analog seminconductor  fabrication facility in the central state of Madhya Pradesh in India. The fab will manufacture analog/power chips that are key components of any electronic product.

India is a large consumer of electronic products and services, and the electronics market is growing rapidly. It is expected to rise from a reported $68 billion in 2012 to $400 billion by 2030. The county consumes close to $7 billion worth of semiconductors every year and this is expected to expand to $55 billion by 2020. Currently India imports almost all electronic content. Without an internal semiconductor manufacturing capability, by 2030 India’s outflow of cash will be 8% of its gross domestic product.

Both Lou Hutter the CEO of Cricket Semiconductor and Mark Harward the co-founder used to work at Texas Instruments Inc.

“India has a large and fast growing electronics market. A specialty wafer fab focused on analog/power semiconductors is well suited to catalyze the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing ecosystem. We are confident that we can establish a high-volume, globally competitive specialty wafer fab in India,” said Lou Hutter.


February 25, 2015   No Comments

MediaTek opens second R&D location in India

Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek already runs a tech center in Noida, outside New Delhi and had now expanded to southern India.

MediaTak The company will invest $200 million in India over the next few years to boost R&D capabilities towards developing affordable solutions for the  super-mid market. “MediaTek Bangalore R&D center caters to the growing needs of millions of consumers in the South-East Asian region,” according  to Grant Kuo, managing director, MediaTek India.

The 100 person R&D center in Bangalore will develop solutions for wireless communications such as LTE and establish MediaTek’s presence in other  core segments such as connectivity and home entertainment devices. “With our strong expertise in the IC design industry,  over the next few years, we  look to grow to over 500 in number,” Akshay Aggarwal, general manager, MediaTek Bangalore, said.

September 18, 2014   1 Comment

India to receive $8 billion semi-conductor fab investment

The EE Times reports that Indian Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal announced major semiconductor investments.

Two consortia have proposed to build semiconductor wafer fabrication units in India. One  consortium comprises  IBM, India’s Jaiprakash Associates and Israel’s Tower Jazz. The second comprises Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (HSMC), ST Microelectronics and Silterra. The investment in the first fabrication unit will be $4 billion while the second unit will have a total investment of around $3.9 billion.

M.J. Zarabi, who headed the Empowered Committee responsible for the feasibility study for the setting up of a fab, told EE Times: “This is a decision that we have been keenly looking forward to. It is indeed a momentous decision that is expected to be a game changer as far as Indian electronics industry is concerned.” Also for Ajay Kumar, the soft-spoken joint secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, who has always been championing the cause of a fab in India at almost every forum he speaks at, this is a culmination point for his espousal. He had always believed that if India had its own fab, then it would be easier to make a mark on the global hardware map.

November 3, 2013   No Comments