US Semiconductor Industry Body Signs MOU With India on Chip Manufacturing
John Neuffer, President and CEO of Semiconductor Industry Association with India’s Rajeev Khushu, who heads the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association. (photo ANI)
BENGALURU (IANS) – As India doubles down on local semiconductor manufacturing, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), which is the top trade association representing the US semiconductor industry, on April 12 joined hands with the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA).
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., SIA represents 99 per cent of the US semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-US chip firms.
The collaboration will help foster collaboration and identify potential opportunities between the two countries in the semiconductor sector.
“We are delighted to sign this MoU with IESA and welcome India’s goal to become both a more powerful digital economy and a hub for electronics and semiconductor innovation within the broader global value chain,” said John Neuffer, President and CEO of SIA.
India, in December last year, set up ISM and approved $10 billion for the development of semiconductors and display manufacturing ecosystem in the country.
Rajeev Khushu, Chairman of IESA, said that the association wants to ensure global semiconductor companies are successful in India while also helping local semiconductor startups and service companies build products for domestic and global markets.
“SIA’s global reach will help IESA members explore opportunities and expand beyond India,” Khushu added.
Both organizations will also co-host events (virtual or in-person) to explore potential opportunities for US-India cooperation within the global semiconductor value chain.
“We look forward to India working towards an even more competitive policy environment and intellectual property regime fortified with transparency and predictability,” said Neuffer.
The first semiconductor chip manufacturing plant in India was set up in SAS Nagar (near Chandigarh) in Punjab in the early to mid 1980s through technology transfer from American Microsystems Inc. (AMI) of California. through their Joint Venture department. After successful setup of the hardware system, when the initial transfer of software had some problem, From AMI where I was a Manager in AMI’s software development department, I offered to become project manager in consultation with the manager from Semiconductor Complex Ltd. (SCL) of India, and completed the Software transfer successfullly. We had two software engineers from SCL practice on our computers in California followed by my trip to SCL to ensure proper delivery and installation . Unfortunately, after some years, there was a fire that destroyed the SCL facility in Punjab, however their Software Development Center which was being set up in Bangalore (and which I was asked to visit by the Managing Director of SCL) continued to function.April 12, 2022
India MUST do all it can to establish successful chip manufacturing in the country. As we all know how important are these chips for economic well being!April 12, 2022
I used to make computer chips for at least 20 years. These us companies wanted to set up assembly plant which malaysia and phillipenes did but India just plain refused. The sick mentality. Now after all these years they want to start again. A few cocktail trips of babus will be the only thing that will come out of it.April 14, 2022