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Develop domain expertise to woo semiconductor industry: Expert

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Bangalore, Aug 30 (UNI) Lack of domain expertise and proper infrastructure may act as a stumbling block in the growth of the semiconductor industry in India, experts from Taiwan opined.

Speakers at a panel discussion on 'Opportunities and areas of cooperation between India and Taiwan', organised by the India Semiconductor Association (ISA) and Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, expressed the need for India to create world class infrastructure and expertise in semiconductor technology, which was at present in a nascent stage.

Mr Eric Tang, Vice-President of Powerchip Semiconductor, a major in DRAM manufacturing, said the Taiwanese semiconductur industry, which had emerged as a major force in the world in a short span, was looking towards India as it offered a bright future for the industry. However, it would seek best possible environment to set up shops in the country and India should quickly make progress in providing the Taiwanese attractive facilities.

''The Indian Government is very supportive of the industry and business in general. There is hunger to achieve fast progress. These factors will help India emerge a major in hardware manufacturing destination,'' he said.

Chip design firm STAr Technology President and CEO Choon-Leong Lou was of the view that it was time India tapped the expanding economic growth of Taiwan. It was a good proposition to partner with a global technology leader which boasted of world beating design houses, foundries, TAP, manufacturing and production expertise in chip technology.

''We are interested as the Indian market for electronic equipment will grow to 300 billion US Dollar by 2015. India can offer tremendous opportunities for the Taiwanese semiconductor industry which can offer the whole supply chain from IC design, testing, wafer fabrication and assembly,'' he said.

ISA Chairman Raj Khare said the country would witness, in the next 15 years, the same progress that was achieved in the field of software. The ISA, in consultation with the Centre, was drawing a roadmap for the growth of the semiconductor industry.

''We are working on a strategy that reflects the success of other technologies that the country has made fast progress. In the next ten years, the Indian semiconductor industry will be completely different than what it is today as electronic industries' potential and fundamental strength was very strong,'' he said.

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