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India preps Karnataka as next IC hub

Posted: 16 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:India IC industry? semiconductor? photovoltaics?

Inspired by Bengaluru's success in attracting semiconductor and embedded design companies, the regional government of Karnataka will develop its own semiconductor and electronics manufacturing blueprint.

The hope is that Bengaluru's success in attracting investment in software and hardware design can be replicated throughout Karnataka state for semiconductor, electronics and solar manufacturing.

The roadmap, likely to be announced as early as July, is expected to be similar to a national semiconductor and electronics manufacturing policy announced last year, but with additional incentives.

According to a report in The Times of India that quoted Katta Subramanya Naidu, Karnataka's minister for information technology, policy makers plan a special focus on encouraging photovoltaics and solar panel manufacturing.

Bengaluru is a magnet for investments by software and hardware design companies, but other cities in Karnataka state have largely been ignored. With the capital city booming, planners want to make neighboring cities like Mysore attractive destinations for high-tech investors.

The report said a "vision group" for science and technology will be established under the direction of C. N. R. Rao, chairman of the prime minister's scientific advisory council.

Separately, the state government is in talks with the India Semiconductor Association to develop a policy for attracting photovoltaics and solar panel manufacturers. ISA is being tapped by Karnataka state to determine how to encourage IC and embedded design service companies to branch out beyond Bengaluru.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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