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Government is planning a semiconductor-design linked policy

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The government is planning to draw up a semiconductor design-linked incentive policy to promote domestic manufacturing as well as attract global electronic chip companies to the country.

Global majors such as Qualcomm, Intel, Mediatek, Infineon, and Texas Instruments have their research and development in India which contribute to the development of their chipsets.

The government is deliberating on a new semiconductor design-linked incentive scheme that envisages financial and infrastructure support for Indian micro small and medium enterprises and startups right through the ideation stage to the production stage.

As and when these startups start producing and selling chips in the market, they shall also avail additional incentives under the scheme on their net sales turnover.

Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar last week had said that the government would host a conference of semiconductor companies in November to discuss India’s policy roadmap in the segment.

“It is a great initiative that will leverage India’s strength to make an impact in the field of design of semiconductors. We can target to have 25 plus fabless companies in the next few years which will make a substantial impact in the global semiconductor market,” industry body IESA chairman Rajeev Khushu said in a statement.