India plans GenNext wireless chip

India plans GenNext wireless chip

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Monday, 01 November 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: India is all set to begin studies thatツ値l help in building the silicon foundry, which is aimed at producing the next generation wireless chips .

The talks on Silicon foundry are still at an initial stage and nothing is finalised yet, said the Union IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Saturday.

According to the Information Technology Minister, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is keen on a silicon foundry in the country, which needs huge investments.

The country is also incorporating the right technology to develop the RFID chips manufacturing facility.

RFID, meaning Radio Frequency Identification Device, has been in use since world war II, but is now becoming a rage due to the use of silicon chips, making it wireless and easier to track goods movement.

"It is still in the drawing board stage. At this moment, it would be too premature for me to make any bold statements," Maran said.

The Centre's plans in the silicon chip space coincides with the launch of the Indian Semiconducters Association (ISA) here by a clutch of Indian and foreign firms working in semiconductor industry in the country.

On the issue of infrastructure hurdles in Bangalore, Maran said he would discuss the issue with Karnataka Chief Minister Dharam Singh, stating that the city was not just the capital of Karnataka, but the IT capital of India.

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