TS to tap opportunities in semiconductors

Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao, said, the State’s initiative Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge will be pitched in to collaborate for the very large scale integration academy.

By Author   |   Published: 10th Jan 2017   8:14 am
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Telangana IT Minister KT Rama rao with Global Foundries CEO Sanjay Jha at VLSID 2017 in Hyderabad on Monday. Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: Telangana government is keen to strengthen semiconductor activity. The State has proposed an academy for this purpose for which it is seeking partners for implementation under public-private partnership route.

Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao, said, the State’s initiative Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK), which has trained 40,000 last year, will be pitched in to collaborate for the very large scale integration (VLSI) academy. VLSI is one of the key areas for the State to focus in IT going forward.

“We had carried out several discussions with large VLSI companies and had invited them to invest in Hyderabad. We are also seeking companies such as Global Foundries to participate in the initiatives that we are planning to roll out,” he added.

India which has over 65 per cent population under 35 years of age, opens up more avenues to India in newer technologies, he said, addressing at the VLSID 2017 conference held in Hyderabad on Monday.

On the scope of VLSI, V K Saraswat, member, Niti Ayog, said, VLSI is being used in multiple industries today including automobiles, Internet of Things (IoT) and aerospace. Whiel connected automobiles will open up new opportunities, IoT will give volumes as connected devices will touch 50 billion by 2020. Home IoT, smart cities and health will create more demand in future.

“Though India is looking to create its own fab but the ecosystem is not yet ready,” Saraswat pointed out.

Sanjay Jha, CEO of Global Foundries, said, the future will see emergence of devices that are a combination of virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality. Indian electronics market will witness 28 per cent compounded annual growth rate by 2022. And the VLSI design services market is expected to go up from $2.3 billion in 2016 to $3 billion this year.