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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 1st SemiconIndia conference 2022 targeting Semiconductor in Bengaluru 

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PM Modi inaugurates Semicon India conference in Bengaluru from April 29 -May 1

On April 29-May 1, 2022, the 1st ‘SemiconIndia 2022’ conference, organised by India Semiconductor Mission (ISM) in partnership with industry and industry associations, was inaugurated by Prime Minister (PM) of India Narendra Modi in Bengaluru, Karnataka on the theme ‘Catalyzing India’s Semiconductor Ecosystem’.

  • It is a launch pad of India’s semiconductor strategy and policy by bringing together global leaders from Industry, Academia and Research Institutions. 
  • Aim: To make India a global hub for Semiconductor Design, Manufacturing and Technology Development to propel the vision of ISM.
  • India’s own consumption of Semiconductors is expected to cross 80 billion Dollars by 2026 and 110 Billion Dollars by 2030.

What is ISM?

It has been setup as an Independent Business Division within Digital India Corporation having administrative and financial autonomy to formulate India’s long term strategies for developing semiconductors and display manufacturing facilities and semiconductor design ecosystem. Click here to read more about ISM.

MoU’s Signed:

  • MOU signed between SEMI and Electronic Industries Association Of India (ELCINA) to promote semiconductor ecosystem in India.
  • MOU between Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Qualcomm for partnership in semiconductors which will target semiconductor design startups, in line with the objectives of the DLI scheme.
  • MOU between All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and SEMI and ISM for training and skilling tech workforce for the semiconductor sector.

India’s DIR-V signs 5 MOUs with Sony, BEL, ISRO, Atomic Energy for various Applications and Design Wins

Recently India has announced the Digital India RISC-V (DIR-V) Microprocessor program to achieve industry-grade silicon & Design wins by December 2023. Under this Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) developed two open source architecture microprocessors viz. SHAKTI & VEGA respectively, who’s first set for incorporation will be available by December 2023 or early 2024. Click Here to Read about DIR-V 

Now, during this conference, DIR-V has announced 5 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) for the use of indigenously developed RISC-V Processors SHAKTI and VEGA. These are as follows:

i.MoU between SONY India and DIR-V SHAKTI Processor (IIT Madras) for the Systems/Products developed by SONY.

ii.MoU between ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Thiruvananthapuram and DIR-V SHAKTI Processor for development of high performance SoCs (System on Chip) and for Fault Tolerant Computer Systems.

iii.MoU between Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Department of Atomic Energy and DIR-V SHAKTI Processor for the Systems/Products developed by IGCAR.

iv.MoU between Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and DIR-V VEGA Processor (C-DAC) for Rudra Server board, Cyber security, and Language Solutions.

v.MoU between Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) and DIR-V VEGA Processor for the 4G/5G, Broadband, IOT/ M2M solutions

Additional Pacts:

 i.An intent of MoU was announced between Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, and SEMI, US (United States) for building core competence of quantum technologies – multi-qubit superconducting quantum processors, photonic processors, diamond-based magnetometers, lab-level quantum-secured communication network etc.

ii.SEMI, US and India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) also announced an MoU for exploring the potential for growth of Electronics and Semiconductor industry in India. 

iii.IESA released an industry report- India Semiconductor Market Demand.

iv.IESA launched an industry report on ‘Semiconductor manufacturing supply chain – India’s opportunity in the global market”

Karnataka Govt signs MoU with ISMC to set up India’s 1st and largest Rs 22,900cr Semiconductor Fabrication Plant 

The state Government of Karnataka signed an MoU with Israel-based International semiconductor consortium, ISMC Analog Fab Private Limited, for setting up a 65 nm Analog Semiconductor Fabrication plant in the state with an investment of Rs 22,900 crore ($3 billion). 

  • This will be one of India’s 1st and largest semiconductor fabrication units under the Central Government’s ISM.


It was signed by Dr E V Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary in the department of IT, and Ajay Jalan, Director of ISMC in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister (CM) Basavaraj Somappa Bommai.

Key Points:

i.For the setting up of plant, ISMC has requested 150 acres of land in Mysuru’s Kochanahalli Industrial area. 

ii.The project is expected to generate more than 1500 direct and 10,000 indirect employment opportunities.

iii.Tower Semiconductor, is the principal technology partner, with the project initially funded by Next Orbit Ventures Fund (NOVF). 

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About ISMC:

ISMC is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi-based Next Orbit Ventures and Israel’s Tower Semiconductor. US chip giant Intel Corp has announced plans to acquire Tower.