The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) recently organized a two-day conference on Strategic Electronics, and, not surprisingly, the overriding message was that India needs indigenous chip design and wafer fabrication facilities for its development of Defense and Space electronics.
While the debate on whether or not India needs a wafer fab continues on and off, there is no denying that indigenous chip design is on the upswing – and not just in the Defense sector. This is not to be confused with the cutting-edge work happening at captive design centers of multi-national corporations; we are talking about Indian companies designing and launching chips that are 100% designed in India.
Are we reading too much from these news items to draw over-optimistic conclusions about a surge in indigenous chip design and manufacturing?
Perhaps. However, the Government’s announcement of a venture fund for indigenous fabless chip design in the National Policy on Electronics (NPE) 2.0 earlier this year might well spur indigenous chip design take deeper root. Only time will tell.