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Touch­screen mar­ket to reach $14 bil­lion in 2012

Re­search ser­vices provider Idtechex ex­pects the touch­screen mar­ket to reach $14 bil­lion this year, with over 40 per cent mo­bile phones to be touchen­abled. It projects touch pen­e­tra­tion in mo­bile phones to rise to al­most to­tal cov­er­age in the next decade. Ship­ment of tablets with touch­screen tech­nol­ogy is ex­pected to reach a hun­dred mil­lion units in 2012. The touch­screen mar­ket is ex­pected to triple in the next decade.

Apart from adding touch func­tion­al­ity to more and more com­mer­cial con­sumer de­vices, the next big topic and op­por­tu­nity will be the re­place­ment of in­dium-tin-ox­ide (ITO), es­pe­cially in pro­jected ca­pac­i­tive and re­sis­tive touch­screens.

Bud­get dis­ap­points elec­tron­ics in­dus­try

The elec­tron­ics in­dus­try is dis­ap­pointed with the present Union Bud­get. Go­ing by the al­lo­ca­tions made un­der var­i­ous heads for the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and elec­tron­ics in­dus­try, the in­dus­try is doubt­ful that the prom­ises of the con­sti­tu­tion of a Na­tional Elec­tron­ics Mis­sion and Na­tional Elec­tron­ics Board will be kept.

For year 2012-13, the bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and elec­tron­ics in­dus­tries is Rs 30.51 bil­lion—a mar­ginal in­crease from the al­lo­ca­tion of Rs 30.49 bil­lion in 201112. The al­lo­ca­tion for pro­mo­tion of elec­tron­ics and IT hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ing, on the other hand, has been in­creased from Rs 28.3 mil­lion in 2011-12 to Rs 50 mil­lion in 2012-13.

The Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy spent 33 per cent less than what was bud­geted for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and elec­tron­ics in­dus­tries dur­ing the cur­rent year. In fact, al­lo­ca­tions for 2012-13 are lower than the ac­tual ex­pen­di­ture made by the gov­ern­ment in 2010-11 un­der this head.

In­dia will not pur­sue pro­tec­tion­ism pol­icy: Sibal

Al­lay­ing the fears of for­eign elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ers, In­dia has said it will not pur­sue pro­tec­tion­ism pol­icy and will give level-play­ing field to all par­tic­i­pants.

“Look at the poli­cies of world around; we are far less pro­tec­tion­ist than any other coun­try in the world. There is no ques­tion of In­dia be­com­ing pro­tec­tion­ist,” In­dian tele­com min­is­ter Kapil Sibal said at Mo­bile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, last month.

The gov­ern­ment is in the process of fi­nal­is­ing an elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ing pol­icy that would en­cour­age the use of indige­nous equip­ment and cur­tail In­dia’s im­port bill. Sibal said the gov­ern­ment is look­ing to en­sure that In­dia’s de­pen­dency on im­ports is re­duced over a pe­riod to cut trade deficit. If In­dia does not build man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity, the im­port bill in this area alone will swell to $300 bil­lion by 2020, he added.

Up­graded Aakash set for April launch

HRD Min­is­ter Kapil Sibal has de­clared that an up­graded and en­hanced ver­sion of Aakash tablet will be launched in April. De­spite the up­grades, the new ver­sion will cost a lit­tle over Rs 2000—the price of the orig­i­nal ver­sion.

Mar­keted as Ubis­late by Datawind, the tablet will fea­ture a ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen in­stead of a re­sis­tive one. The pro­ces­sor is a Cor­tex A8 clocked at 700 MHZ. The RAM would also be in­creased to 512 MB. The tablet will fea­ture a 3200mah bat­tery with a three­hour life. The OS for the new Aakash will be An­droid 2.2 (Froyo). It is specu-

Aakash tablet

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