Category — Semiconductors

India’s Scientists Create Artificial Leaf that Produces Energy

Scientists at state-owned National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, a city 90 miles east of Mumbai, India, have developed an artificial leaf that generates hydrogen.

The device consists of semiconductors stacked in a manner to simulate the natural leaf system. When light strikes the semiconductors, electrons move in one direction, and the ultra-thin wireless device mimics plant leaves to produce energy using water and sunlight.

a leaf

Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, a senior scientist at the laboratory said his team has been working for nearly a decade to split water molecules in order to generate hydrogen in this manner. “We have made an attempt to generate solar hydrogen. The method is simple and practical and there is a good possibility of scaling it up,” he said. The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, says a palm-sized device can produce 6.3 quarts of hydrogen fuel an hour, reports NDTV. More work is needed on the project, added the scientist.


September 14, 2017   No Comments

Chip Maker AMD to Expand India R&D

Sunnyvale, CA-based semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices which currently has a staff of approximately 1,300 in India, plans to hire more engineers at its two research and development centers in the southern cities of Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Jim Anderson, senior vice president, AMD said that the company will “continue to grow at these centers”  because a lot of advanced engineering work was being done in India. “For our Ryzen Mobile processor, lot of engineering work was done at Hyderabad,” he added.


Stating that India is an important market for California-based AMD, Anderson said that there is a huge market for business PCs, and the company aims to increase its share with aggressive marketing of its new products, reports BusinessLine.

September 13, 2017   No Comments

Semtech Partners with Tata Communications

Camarillo, California-based Semtech Corporation has teamed up with Tata Communications to launch India’s first applications center to facilitate LoRa, or long range networks, technology in Mumbai.

The Economic Times reports a joint statement by the two companies which said that this center will allow enterprise customers and Internet of Things  solution providers to deploy and test their applications over a LoRaWAN-based low power, wide area network. As many as 35 IoT applications can be deployed across Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. Research firm IDC estimates that the global IoT market will grow to $7.1 trillion by 2020, up from $1.9 trillion in 2013.


“The current LoRaWAN-based network allows millions of devices to be connected, and our goal is to have 200 million end devices connected by 2019,” V.S. Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head – Internet of Things, Tata Communications said.

December 22, 2016   No Comments

India to Design RISC-V Processors

Indian engineers are hoping to develop its first 64bit microprocessor once the government’s R&D division receives about $45 million funding before June. If funding is released as expected, the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a branch of India’s Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, could assemble a 64-bit RISC-V processor in about 30 months, said Biju C. Oommen, a senior manager in C-DAC’s chip design unit. The team consists of about 70 engineers who have designed a wide variety of 8- to 32-bit processors and SoC blocks reports EE Times.

Separately a team of about 30 designers at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has been working for more than two years on a family of 32- and 64-bit open source processors based on RISC-V. The work started in  2011 under the name Shakti which means power and the chips originally used IBM Power cores.

“We focus on IoT devices partly because that’s a buzzword, there’s a requirement in India for them and most volumes are there, be we also have a five-stage pipeline design for higher end embedded stuff,” said G. S. Madhusudan, a principal scientist working on the project at IIT Madras. Madhusudan said he expects at least one startup will be formed soon to develop a variant of a Shakti chip targeting government requirements for high security.


February 13, 2016   No Comments

Cricket Semiconductor to Establish India’s First Analog Fab

U.S.-based chip manufacturing company Cricket Semiconductor is setting up a $1 billion analog seminconductor  fabrication facility in the central state of Madhya Pradesh in India. The fab will manufacture analog/power chips that are key components of any electronic product.

India is a large consumer of electronic products and services, and the electronics market is growing rapidly. It is expected to rise from a reported $68 billion in 2012 to $400 billion by 2030. The county consumes close to $7 billion worth of semiconductors every year and this is expected to expand to $55 billion by 2020. Currently India imports almost all electronic content. Without an internal semiconductor manufacturing capability, by 2030 India’s outflow of cash will be 8% of its gross domestic product.

Both Lou Hutter the CEO of Cricket Semiconductor and Mark Harward the co-founder used to work at Texas Instruments Inc.

“India has a large and fast growing electronics market. A specialty wafer fab focused on analog/power semiconductors is well suited to catalyze the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing ecosystem. We are confident that we can establish a high-volume, globally competitive specialty wafer fab in India,” said Lou Hutter.


February 25, 2015   No Comments