Archive for September 23rd, 2005

Embedded Systems has a great future in India

September 23, 2005

Embedded Systems bridges several divide’s; hardware-software divide; EE CS departmental divide; divide between fun and rigor in learning; divide between theory and practice, industry and academia and in the Indian context, even the divide between Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth) and Saraswati (the Goddess of learning); one can do hardware and still make money (it is no longer true that only Indian software companies are successful)

With IC design capability, EDA software skills, testing, simulation, verification, and libraries taking the concept all the way to “tape out”, the design eco-system is in place; we need to get the Fab ecosystem in place; under Fab-City, initiative, SIA (Semiconductor Industry Association) in India has made a presentation to the Union Finance Minister and we expect that also to be in place over the next two years.

The demand side is in place; BEL, ECIL for Defense Electronics, BPL for Telecom, Videocon (after Thompson Picture Tubes plant acquisition, Videocon is the world’s No 3 TV tube manufacturer) for consumer electronics, VXL for thin clients (No 3 globally, as per Gartner) are examples of Indian corporations; Motorola, Philips, Siemens, GE, Nokia, Samsung, Elcoteq, Flextronics are present and increasing their stake in India; that should take care of demand; of course the global demand is there too

On the market side, with 2 million mobile consumers a month, mobile market is growing; TV, DVD, MP3, music, ring tones are growing everyday (Indians download million a day of paid ring tones @ Rs 6 (minimum)); with Narayana Hrudayalaya and others creating Healthcare Destination for the world (5,000 beds for heart surgery and shooting for 10% of global heart surgeries at Narayana Hrudayalaya alone), healthcare industry and imaging equipment is bound to grow; GE Wipro are working on a global product (Ultra sound, Laptop form factor, $ 1,000 price point device that would make ultra sound as common place as stethoscope for EVERY doctor). So there is a huge market

Academia, Industry and Government are coming together; I see a great potential for embedded systems in India; let us hope that before the next Freescale Tech Forum in 2006 there will be products whose ideas are generated by the people sitting right in this room (700+ professionals). That alone will make me happy to attend Freescale Tech Forum 2006!

(Valedictory Address at Freescale Tech Forum, Bangalore (Sep 21-22, 2005) at 530pm Leela Hotel on Sep 22, 2005)