BENGALURU, India The first-Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) to be held in India opened its doors here Thursday (Oct. 4) just as the semiconductor landscape in the country is changing dramatically.
More and more chip and embedded software designers are focusing on devices and platforms for products to be made for local and overseas markets, while spending on electronics domestically is increasing significantly.
Richard Wallace, Editorial Director of EE Times kicked off the proceedings by stating that the intention of bringing ESC started 20 years ago in the U.S to India was to replicate the same ambience as has been generated at U.S. events, enabling both informative and networking opportunities for attendees.
"India is rapidly emerging in the world of embedded systems as consumers, suppliers and designers and so this is the right time for ESC to be held here. Design engineers and system architects in India serving the communications, entertainment, industrial automation and medical services globally, can, by attending the ESC here, take advantage of the opportunities such a conference brought for participants in India in the world of embedded systems," said Wallace.
In a keynote, Poornima Shenoy, president, India Semiconductor Association, commented: "That we now have ESC India means India is well on the global stage (of the embedded systems industry) and this conference will do a lot of good for the chip, board design and embedded software industry in this country."
Just how vast the embedded industry in India is can be gauged by the fact that $3.7 billion of the total Indian semiconductor design revenues of $4.6 billion in 2006 came from embedded services. About 70 percent of the companies providing embedded design services in India are indigenous companies, noted Shenoy.
Stressing the design industry regarded as part of the country's software development industry is set to grow even more, M.N. Vidyashankar, secretary, information technology, government of Karnataka, said the regional government was planning a huge "Knowledge City" some 30 km away from Bengaluru.
Work on this project will start in a few months, and Vidyashankar urged companies in the chip design, embedded design and software development space to set up their centers in the facility.
Research in the applications space at the proposed $125 million nanotechnology center in Bengaluru is also expected to start soon, he said.
Debesh Das, minister for information technology, West Bengal and formerly a chip industry professional, said engineers need to apply their knowledge of chip and embedded system design to benefit society at large, especially the poor, and at application areas such as agriculture, flood control and medical services.
Das said the vast talent that India has in embedded systems must move ahead from merely finding applications in cars and mobile handsets, for instance, and be of use in the lives of common people.
ESC India is being held at a time when companies such as Intel Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc. and others have either launched or are launching programs aimed at helping Indian embedded design service houses ready reference designs and platforms to address the growing domestic electronics market as well go overseas with their products.
The event features about 25 exhibitors and topics covered include multi-core design, real-time systems, multi-threaded software, graphical programming for DSPs. It is planned to be held annually.