Chip designer eInfochips upgrades its guidance

Chip designer eInfochips upgrades its guidance

Gujarat-based semiconductor design and engineering services firm eInfochips says robotics will create the next wave in technology.

The company’s Avionics head Krishna Kumar Balakrishnan said it will double its revenues to Rs 1,000 crore within three years. This is a more robust guidance than that given by founder and CEO Pratul Shroff a few months ago of hitting the Rs 1,000-cr mark by 2020.

Krishna Kumar told Deccan Herald that technology advancements like IoT (internet of things), deep learning, video analytics, MEMS, cloud and business intelligence, etc. have come of age. “They are mature enough to be deployed on critical and commercial applications. We have begun to add ‘smart-ness’ or intelligence to an existing set of products (like cars, homes, health, phones, etc.). The next generation of products will be designed to be intelligent and connected. It is a paradigm shift in our thinking,” he said.
Krishna Kumar said the company sees immense potential in automation of homes, cars, factories, offices and retail stores through such custom robots.

“In line with that direction, eInfochips is now an official licensee for the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors that are available for IoT applications. We have also invested in capabilities on technologies for Business Intelligence, Cloud, Deep Learning and Video Analytics, and MEMS,” he said.

On client addition, eInfochips last year added more than 10 major billion-dollar companies. “This by far exceeds what we have achieved in any single year in two decades of existence. We expect to do more this year, as the market looks promising. We have outpaced the market four years in a row now, so this is aligned with our ambitions and initiatives,” he said. EInfochips registered around Rs 500 crore in revenues and expects 50 per cent growth this year also.

R&D for Google Ara
Having clients from across aerospace, semiconductor, retail, networking, eCommerce, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, software and data storage industries, the company views huge potential in these exciting and upcoming areas to work with topline customers whose revenues are in excess of $1 billion.

When asked about the company’s association with Toshiba to provide chips for Google’s prestigious Ara smartphone project, he said it is a unique concept, designed to enable the next billion smartphone users.  “Modular phones are customisable smartphones wherein users can add or remove hardware-cum-software modules based on their requirement. Our association with Toshiba on this project is on the custom R&D and end-user enablement,” he said.

He said these kind of technologies are relevant to the Indian market. “If Indian OEMs, or for that matter any OEMs, see a market need that can be addressed with a custom technology (hardware-software-mechanical) product, we can be their technology enabler and partner,” he said.

He said the company is fully equipped to create innovative and localised downstream products on the Google Ara technology. EInfochips has expanded its portfolio of services on system design, software, and business intelligence or analytics. Yet semiconductor engineering is about a third of its overall business.

“A majority of our clients engage us for software services today,” he said.
DH News Service

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