LONDON – The so-called Empowered Committee, set up by the Indian government to get the country into chip manufacturing, has prepared an advertisement inviting potential technology providers and financial investors to make a preliminary expression of interest in setting up semiconductor wafer fabs in India.
Those interested have four weeks to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including a profile of the investor consortium, the technology experience, the technology, product and manufacturing proposals and how much money they need and how much they intend to spend.
The advert points out that the Indian government has multi-billion dollar projects to provide 3G, WiMax and 4G access to 600,000 villages around the country and to provide 100G broadband to 20,000 colleges and research institutes.
It adds that India has a strong semiconductor design infrastructure that works on the design of nearly 2,000 chips each year and which employs more than 20,000 engineers engaged in various aspects of chip design and verification. The advert claims it that the total of VLSI design, board and systems hardware design plus embedded software development created a market that was worth $6.5 billion in 2009 and that will be worth $10.6 billion in 2012.
The advert also boasts that India possesses the third largest scientific and technical base in the world with 400 universities producing 200,000 engineering graduates every year.
The Empowered Committee, set up in April, is chartered to help set up at least two wafer fabs at a cost of about $5 billion. Along with identifying technologies and potential investors, the committee will recommend the level of government support for projects and the mix of grants and subsidies. The panel's recommendations are scheduled to be delivered to the Indian government by July 31.
Two earlier commercial initiatives, SemIndia and Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. failed to materialize. As yet there is no indication as to whether the Indian government has any preferred locations where it wants wafer fabs to be built.
The IT agency announced in April that it was considering two fab plans: either a new fab with established technology or acquiring an existing fab and relocating it here. It also is considering taking an equity stake in an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) that would then be prepared to set up an India facility. This would have similarities to the steps being taken by Abu Dhabi where a sovereign wealth fund has the controlling interest in Globalfoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.).
India’s $45 billion electronics market is expected to reach $400 billion by 2020, which could translate into $50 billion in domestic chip demand.
Full foreign direct investment is allowed in Indian fabs, and the government is developing a policy that would give preference to for domestically-produced electronics procured by government agencies. Along with financial incentives, the government would help provide fab infrastructure.
The India Semiconductor Association (ISA) praised the agency’s proposal, but called for the panel reviewing proposals to provide more details. The initiative will build on previous efforts, said ISA president Poornima Shenoy.
Meanwhile, a report by the Hindustan Times said card maker Sandisk is considering whether to create an assembly unit here for digital storage products. SanDisk, which has a design center here, could not be reached for comment.
India is a huge Electronics market for all kind of things like Consumer ,Networking ,Storage ,Telecom, Defense etc with almost zero local manufacturing . Business needs will force majority of these to be manufactured locally and that means more than USD20 billion worth Semiconductor too . It is not necessary that Indian fabs should be started and run by Indians alone and that is the reason govt is looking for partners . Additionally , as Peter suggested requisite talent is already available with ethnic Indian working globally and it is very much possible to bring them back on something which is very promising .
Pity you and your childhood fantasies - guess your mama never told you that posting Washington's picture does not really make you "elPresidente". So typical of losers - if you cannot win with words, use foul language.
And haven't you heard "Size does not matter" unless you are a huge Ron Jeremy fan.
The Indian government is up to no good and wants to hide some evil things, that they'd like to make in silicon, from the Chinese. Indians can hire only Indians - the rest of the world have Chinese eyes in EVERY fab. There is no other sane reason than an insane motive.
As far as the postings here go, if you have a short penis, a fab won't fix it. Neither will "marking" your territory by lifting your leg up, especially when you are downwind from your goal.
But there has been a great diaspora of Indian engineers and experts. Across all the chip companies of the world I would expect there are more than a few of Indian origin. It may only take a handful with experience of working in fabs to bring the skills back to India and start training workers.
I would expect that at least some of the skilled engineers that Abu Dhabi is intent on training will come from India. And they may end up working in a wafer fab in Abu Dhabi.
So why not believe something similar can be achieved in India.
Since U.S. and Europe companies moving away from fab and manufacturing. It is simply cheaper, more revenue, and less hardworks.
This is where Japan, Taiwan, Korea companies bringing their values.
U.S. will feel the pain and pay the price later on down the road with their mentality and strategy.
There will be many unemployed Americans with nowhere else to go.
Fabs Going Nowhere in India. Like many major projects in India, they wasted so much time, resources,efforts, one delay after another, and
These turning point projects in India ended up in the hands of incompetent people with strong connections.
The India Semiconductor Association (ISA) is a disgrace to India along with their credibility. Everybody made little money but nothing accomplished.
Building fabs and expertise are complex with huge challenges. It takes some time and right investment with a right people who believe and share their vision. ISA loved to hear sugarcoated solutions with promises. As a result, most of them fail from the beginning. Assume that ISA getting to the next level, some money goes into project will disappear. India will never have a solid project at the end. Vendors and partners will get sue.
Nobody wants to set up fab in India anymore.
Building a fab is one thing. Running it is a whole new beast. India does not have enough chip engineers and technicians who specialise in process engineering, lithography, yield analysis, package development et al. Not to forget the kind of management expertise required to keep a fab operating at optimum efficiency. India should continue concentrating on becoming a centre of excellence for chip designs.
The chance of new fab in disaster-prone zone is still very high. Earthquake threat from north and tsunami threat from south. It cannot be used as good justification, maybe lower cost can, but there you can't beat China.
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