Initial thoughts of high-tech in India usually start with IT and software. India’s technically proficient, English speaking workforce was fertile ground for the offshoring trends starting in the 1990s.
The trickle of low-end IT work progressed to back office function, call centers and transactions processing. Today the global technology titans and local start-ups offer ultra-modern office complexes and Silicon Valley job perks in the perpetual quest for software talent in cities across India.
Where is the Hardware?
Software, IT and cloud computing companies deserve the attention they attract due to scale and importance. However, they are not the only innovators around. There is a long history of hardware development in India as well.
A long time hardware innovator in India is Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). Founded in 1954, BEL originally manufactured basic communication equipment for international partners. Over time, they developed in to the premier defense contractor in India. Additionally, BEL designs and produces diverse solutions nicluding Electronic Voting Machines, Tablet PC and solar-powered traffic signal systems among others
The ODM market in India continues to grow. Gurugram-based VVDN Technologies delivers versatile, innovative, world class quality product development for “Concept to Production” applications. VVDN provides advanced embedded designs and manufacturing services leveraging state-of-the-art technology.
Global semiconductor companies have invested billions in facilities across India. Intel opened it’s first sales office in India in 1988. They now have several research and development centers in Banagalore as well. Intel focuses engineering resources on both core technologies (CPUs, graphics, SoC, platforms, and software) and emerging solutions like Mobile Internet Devices.
Samtec in the Subcontinent
The growth of the electronics industry in India presents many opportunities for Samtec. A small but growing team of dedicated professionals in India supports Samtec’s core values of exceptional service, quality products, and convenient design tools.
With locations across the country, Samtec’s Customer Service Representatives, Field Sales Engineers, Field Applications Engineers and Sales Management are ready to support the business and technical needs of any customer. Please contact them at India@samtec.com.