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Soon-To-Be-Announced Fab, Packaging Unit,Growing Design Start-ups, Policies Positioning India As Semiconductor nation: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

From near-zero levels just a year and half ago, India is now well on its way to having 100 semiconductor design startups by 2024. Currently as many as 27-30 design and semiconductor start-ups are "doing very good work", he said

Soon-To-Be-Announced Fab, Packaging Unit,Growing Design Start-ups, Policies Positioning India As Semiconductor nation: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Outlook Start-Up Desk

POSTED ON May 12, 2023 5:26 PM

India is cementing its place in the future of global supply and value chains, and soon-to-be-announced semiconductor fab and first packaging unit in the offing along with potentially 100 design startups by 2024 mark its rise as a semiconductor nation, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Friday.

From near-zero levels just a year and a half ago, India is now well on its way to having 100 semiconductor design startups by 2024. Currently as many as 27-30 design and semiconductor start-ups are "doing very good work", he said.

Citing global companies like Apple, Cisco and Samsung that have deepened their commitment here, Chandrasekhar, who is Minister of State for Electronics and IT, said India's role in the future of technology and global supply and value chain as well as innovation ecosystem "is firmly established".

"We are shortly going to announce a fab, and shortly going to announce the first packaging investment, we have the ability today to showcase almost 30 design start-ups and we are going to launch India semiconductor research centre. So India's place in the future of semiconductor innovation, electronics innovation, and manufacturing is certainly now on the move," he said speaking at the third SemiconIndia future design roadshow at IIT Delhi.

India is emerging as a central and strong part of global value chains, the Minister said and highlighted that enabling policies, the Rs 76,000-crore incentive scheme for chip-making, large talent pool and skilling program is playing to the country's strength and mark India's rise as a semiconductor nation.

"India tecade is a decade full of technology opportunities...those are tech opportunities available for young Indians all over the country," he said.

Meanwhile, Sequoia Capital India announced its second semiconductor investment this year. InCore Semiconductors, which is building RISC-V processor cores in India, has raised $3 million in a seed funding round from Sequoia Capital India.

The investment was announced at the ‘SemiCon India FutureDesign Roadshow'. 

This is Sequoia Capital India’s second semiconductor investment this year. Earlier this year, the firm also invested in Mindgrove, an IIT Madras incubated semiconductor start-up designing innovative Systems on Chips (SoCs) in India, for the world. 

"Additional investors in this round were Speciale Invest and Whiteboard Capital," Sequoia said in a statement.
        
A series of roadshows are being organised by IT Ministry across the country to stimulate next-gen Semiconductor Designers and promote the culture of co-development and joint ownership of IPs with active industry participation. The first roadshow in the series was organised at Karnavati University, Gandhinagar in October 2022, and followed by one at IISc Bangalore in February 2023.

In December 2021, the Centre initiated the India Semiconductor Mission with an incentive outlay of Rs 76,000 crore to attract investments in the sector.

Recently, Rajeev Chandrasekhar claimed that Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi allocated Rs 1,200 crore to invest in India’s semiconductor-designed start-ups. Twenty-three start-ups got the approval for funding. He also claimed that the government is focused to support deep-tech start-ups in AI and semiconductors. 

(With inputs from PTI). 
 

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