India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) is expanding the Chandigarh-based fab facility owned by the Government of India. The association has submitted a memorandum in this regard to the government, asserted Ashwini K Aggarwal, chairman, IESA on the sidelines of the 2-day IoTNext 2017 summit, organized by IESA in association with The Indus Entrepreneurs. Semiconductor laboratory, located in Mohali and under the Department of Space, can help the country to enhance its chip-manufacturing capability. IESA had proposed the expansion of the government owned foundry in 2012. The Chandigarh facility’s capability is confined to certain areas. Some framework policy is needed so that its capacity expansion is expedited on war-footing and it will help India to meet its hardware requirement in the electronics and semiconductor area.

IESA is also planning to set up a common manufacturing facility to help startups and other companies in their go to market strategy. IESA has already acquired 8-acre of land in Noida for this project which will be funded by the World Bank and the central government. The detailed project report (DPR) for the facility has been prepared and the work is underway. IESA believes that the facility will help in coming up with a comprehensive hardware ecosystem.