With 3 Women Tech Honchos On Stage, India Starts 1st Semicon in Bengaluru

| Updated : April 30, 2022, 8:54 am
Updated : April 30, 2022, 8:54 am



BENGALURU: In the flourishing settings of Bengaluru — home to influential companies of ambitious up-and-comers — to help push cutting-edge tech innovation, India on Friday kicked off its first-ever event to bring together semiconductor giants behind computers, mobile phones and everyday gadgets with three women honchos leading the first day.

Union minister for electronics and information technology (MEITY) Ashwini Vaishnaw and MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who was himself part of chip designing in the 1980s during his service at Intel in the US, feted the three-day event that’s being seen as the symbol of India’s growing chip industry that may hit USD 110 billion by the end of 2030.

“Semiconductor vision is the larger initiative of PM Narendra Modi. It has gathered momentum post-Covid. The policies are instrumental in the current wave of unicorn to bring new energy to technology innovation. Semicon 2022 is the first event to bring together world leaders and the byline of this event is – Catalysing the Indian semiconductor ecosystem. That is to accelerate and grow. At the heart of this is the knowledge,” Chandrasekhar told The New Indian on the sidelines of the event.

Chandrasekhar said that women leaders and achievers in this industry need to be given more boost and recognition.

Three women Jaya Jagadish, Country Head, AMD; Rituparna Mandal, Director, Mediatek; and Chitra Hariharan, Engineering Strategy Head, Intel were handpicked by the MEITY to start the event.

The women spoke to The New Indian ahead of the launch.

“Having been part of a start-up myself, it’s exciting to be part of this three-day event,” Mandal said.

Even as Intel and AMD may be rivals in the industry, both Jagadish and Hariharan shared lighter moments on the joy of togetherness in the event to take forward India’s dreams of building chips, coding and new machines to address everyday problems.

“We are all good friends. We are here to grow the ecosystem together. This is a holistic policy. It looks so promising for all of us to be part of it. Want to thank Mr Chandrasekhar for fulfilling the dream of India to finally realise the potential of women,” said Hariharan.

“The good part is there’s awareness now in the country. I may have been leading AMD since 2005 but it’s such coming together to brainstorm on the consumption of this market,” said Jagadish.

The three-day event will see participation by Micron Technology, Intel Foundry, EdgeQ, NexGen Power Systems, Qualcomm, Micron and Georgia Tech besides the ministers of Karnataka and scholars from tech institutes.

“Each day will be started by a start-up company’s head leading the discussion,” Chandrasekhar told The New Indian.

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