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Semiconductor Manufacturing in India: SemiconIndia Conference 2022


Semiconductor Manufacturing in India UPSC: Relevance

  • GS 3: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.


India Semiconductor Mission: Context

  • Recently, Ministry of Electronics & IT has conducted SemiconIndia Conference 2022 to catalyse India’s semiconductor ecosystem.

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SemiconIndia Conference 2022: Key points

  • SemiconIndia Conference 2022 is the global semiconductor conclave designed to bring together key stakeholders to showcase existing capabilities, ideate innovations and discuss global best practices.
  • SemiconIndia Conference 2022 theme: Catalyzing India’s Semiconductor Ecosystem.
  • The conference aligns with the larger national narratives such as Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat and is pegged as the launchpad to India Semiconductor Mission (ISM).
  • The brightest minds in the sector have come together to help actualize India’s aspirations of becoming a superpower in the semiconductor sector.


UPSC Current Affairs


Semiconductor in India

  • India has earmarked USD 10 billion for India Semiconductor Mission and are creating an environment that encourages growth to create a vibrant semiconductor ecosystem and steer India into the future.
  • India is in a unique position to be the influential player in semiconductor segment owing to its consumer base and skilled engineering workforce.
  • The semiconductor ecosystem will be built on the principle of ‘Hi-tech, high quality and high reliability’.


Importance of semiconductor

  • The government reiterated the critical role the domestic semiconductor sector is playing and will continue to play in ensuring economic growth and security.
  • Semiconductors are the new oil in the digital age.
  • Providing impetus to the homegrown innovators and welcoming global players to set up manufacturing in the country will propel India’s tech sector growth in years to come.
  • With the consumer base and data growing at a rapid pace, there is a need for semiconductor ecosystem to keep pace.


UPSC Current Affairs


MoUs regarding semiconductor

  • MOU signed between SEMI and ELCINA to promote semiconductor ecosystem in India
  • MOU between CDAC and Qualcomm for partnership in semiconductors which will target semiconductor design startups, in line with the objectives of the PLI scheme
  • MOU between AICTE and SEMI and ISM for training and skilling tech workforce for the semiconductor sector


Key Facts about India Semiconductor Mission (ISM)

  • About: India Semiconductor Mission (ISM) has been set up as an Independent Business Division within Digital India Corporation.
  • Mandate: India Semiconductor Mission (ISM) has been set up having administrative and financial autonomy to-
    • Formulate and drive India’s long-term strategies for developing semiconductors and
    • Display manufacturing facilities and semiconductor design ecosystem.
  • Significance: Envisioned to be led by global experts in the Semiconductor and Display industry, ISM will serve as the nodal agency for efficient, coherent and smooth implementation of the schemes.


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