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SIA, FSA in talks over Indian chip industry

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The India Semiconductor Agency (ISA) has entered into tie-ups with overseas bodies, and is in talks with the Fabless Semiconductor Association and the Semiconductor Industry Association, as part of a rapid expansion of efforts to establish a semiconductor industry in India.

The ISA recently concluded an agreement to get graduate engineers to join the industry in India, it is launching a promotional campaign to build the semiconductor industry as a career of choice and is to get a feasibility study done on the potential of manufacturing semiconductors in India.

It has also decided to host an annual conference focusing on the business and technology aspects of semiconductors in India, filling a long-existing gap the industry. Meanwhile the ISA commissioned market research company Frost & Sullivan to prepare a study on the state of the industry in India, which is scheduled for release during the first annual conference, said Poornima Shenoy, the first president of the ISA.

The ISA has entered into a pact with the Taiwan SoC Consortium and is in talks with the Fabless Semiconductor Association and the Semiconductor Industry Association for partnerships. "These agreements lay the foundation for understanding new markets, brings the strength of the Indian semiconductor industry to a wider global audience, bridges business information gaps and open doors for access to data and organizations in other countries," Shenoy said.

Later this month, the ISA will kick of its Si-Quest program across 30 engineering institutes dispersed across the country. "Student awareness of the silicon world is very low and we need to inform them. It will help industry get talent in the future and help build the brand of the semiconductor industry among graduate engineering students," she said. Offering doctoral fellowships, sponsored research and offering internships are among the aims of this program.

Beginning this year, an annual conference is to be held in Bangalore each December, aimed at general managers, heads of engineering functions, venture capitalists and other industry people. The ISA hopes to get someone in a pre-eminent position in the global semiconductor arena to deliver the keynote address for this first meet. India currently has two annual conferences, but both are academic in nature.

The ISA is in the process of identifying consulting firms in order to build a technological and business case for semiconductor manufacturing in India, which is currently more or less non-existent. Drumming up such a case for the country is occupying the ISA's time and resources considerably, said Rajendra Khare, chairman of the ISA.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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