Think Different; Science is Here to Help You

Date:   Tuesday , March 29, 2016

Dassault Systemes is a French-based 3D experience provider that provides a platform, where businesses can visualize, develop & simulate their ideas before producing the first prototype, and has a current market cap of $19.81 billion.

Nobody dared to bet a single dollar on Steve Jobs when he launched the iPhone, which later revolutionized the phone industry. The hardest challenge a startup can face is proving that it is on the right idea. Human beings are usually uncomfortable to ride into uncharted territories. But, today you have science and technology to bring alive your dreams. So forget what you have been experiencing for the past quarter century and visualize something, which people believe that it is impossible today.

Fuelling the Hi-Tech Revolution

The hi-tech revolution is everywhere. It\'s in cars, healthcare, smart homes, drones and so on. Whether it\'s IoT or IoE (Internet of Experiences), they require plenty of devices such as sensor, application processor, digital single processor or micro controller to sustain the innovation. Without semiconductors fuelling the innovation, IoT will not be possible. However, capital investment is a major setback for semiconductor organizations, as they need to alter the manufacturing method and parts of equipments for every two years. This can also be twisted into an advantage, since today one can turn to foundry to produce semiconductors, while keeping their focus on their comfort zone.

There are and there will be plenty of startups focusing on customer experience, without mastering all the aspects in the innovation chain. During the IESA vision summit, an Indian doctor presented a machine that analyses blood in a matter of minutes, which took days before. Instead of focusing on semiconductor, this machine\'s creator turned to companies that are specialised in semiconductor designs & manufacturing and electronic design & manufacturing.

VLSI designs are getting more and more complex with the technology shrinking. With increasing competition, the technology nodes are getting smaller to the scale of atom. Currently moving towards ten nanometers, the industry is already talking about three and one nanometers. Amidst the 12 grams we can have, one gram should be focused in molecular modelling. To achieve this, proper modelling tools are must. People learning new technologies should invest enough time to understand those technologies to get the silicon right the first time. One should properly manage, sync, maintain and update data to design a chip that sustains this complexity.

The Vast Network of Indian Talents

Indian semi conductor market is driven by the big players who have their offices in U.S., Europe, and other APAC markets, including India. With the ecosystem getting built up, talent acquisition has become easier in India, especially in Bangalore. Besides the reasonably good interaction they attain from the plentiful courses run on universities for both VLSI & electronics system design, their expertise is chiselled by specialized courses run by private entities as well. India is well placed to play a significant role in the semiconductor revolution, owing to its strong engineering workforce that has expertise in not just semiconductors, but also in the whole electronics systems, design & manufacturing ecosystem. Having contributed to major accomplishments in the industry, the wide network of Indian talents dispersed all over the world poise India as one of the top leaders in semiconductor industry.

Banks are still very sceptical towards investing in startups. The Indian government implementing a laudable ecosystem for startups that not just aids to create, but also sustain the business model, is definitely a good first stage. But, the processes and paper works need to be simplified. This way, startups can obtain the required funding for their project-based solutions, within a specific time. Additionally, we need to have proper academia, administration, fuels from banks or capitalists and a network, where all the industries that are interested to utilize this revolution should be brought together. With such ecosystem in place, a lot of startups with huge ideas will pop up and highlight India in global map. (As told to Ananth V & Susila Govindaraj)