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Qualcomm, NASSCOM team up to boost hardware design in India

Posted: 02 Dec 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:start-up  hardware design  Internet of Things  Design in India 

Qualcomm has partnered with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) to launch the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge, The Economic Times reported.

The project aims to develop a hardware design ecosystem in the country for such products as smartphones, tablets, wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT). Innovations for IoT may cover any of the following fields: healthcare, education, banking, agriculture, automotive and smart cities.

A total of 10 companies will be eligible for funding worth $10,000 each, which they could use to create prototypes for their designs. The products will be incubated in Qualcomm's Innovation Lab for six months. The Lab, which is set to rise in Bangalore, will provide technical and engineering support to shortlisted Indian companies.

Qualcomm will select three companies with the most promising innovations, each of which will receive $100,000.

"We look forward to seeing the Qualcomm Design in India Initiative propel more opportunities for innovation, design and development in India, which will energise the domestic hardware manufacturing ecosystem to address both domestic and global market needs," The Economic Times quoted JS Deepak, secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India.

All India-based companies and start-ups with at least one year of operation are qualified to join the challenge. Registration for the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge starts on December 1, 2015 and ends on February 29, 2016.

In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United States and met with top executives of Silicon Valley companies. He met with Qualcomm Executive Chair Paul E. Jacobs, who promised to mentor hardware companies that have potentials in developing innovative products.

"Energised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India vision, Qualcomm is excited to support the possibility of making India a hub for product and hardware design in the areas of smartphones, tablets and IoT," Sunil Lalvani, vice president and President of Qualcomm India and South Asia, told The Economic Times.

Incidentally, Intel recently completed its Innovate in India Challenge.

- Stephen Padilla

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