The Indian semiconductor design industry, consisting of VLSI design, embedded software development and hardware/board design is estimated at US $7.5 billion in 2010 and is expected to grow Year onYear at 17.3% and reach US$ 10.2 billion by 2012.
The top 10 global fabless companies and the top 25 semiconductor companies have operations in India. The industry employed a workforce of 160,000 in 2010. Of this the largest number of jobs -- 82 percent -- is in the embedded software space.
These are the key findings of the ISA-DIT ( Dept of IT) Study on semiconductor design, embedded software and services industry. It was released by Kapil Sibal, the Indian Minister of Communications & Information Technology at the ELITEX 2011 show in Delhi on April 4.
The study find that Increasing consumer electronic good sales, telecom/ networking market and growth in the use of portable/ wireless products globally, are driving the growth of the semiconductor design industry. It notes the emergence of technologies like LED screens, 3G, Wi-Max translates into increased demand for semiconductor design. Automobile electronics in passenger and industrial vehicles are increasingly getting “smarter” with on-board computer systems used to enhance safety and customer experience, the study says.
Says ISA President Poornima Shenoy: “India ranks in the top few countries in the world on the availability of relevant talent plus colleges and the ability for high end design companies to scale up. If we are able to fix the issues of sector specific skills and quality, India could become a world leader in this space. DIT’s support to this study underlines the importance that the Government of India accords to this industry.”
The India Semiconductor Association is since 2005, the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing ESDM industry. It has over 150 members –both domestic and multinational . April 5 2011