Green technology in Electronics

Green technology is highly concerned discipline In these times. Basically green technology in electronics is all about increasing efficiency with minimal damage to nature during production and operation!

In the last blogpost I described what is electronics? I continue with it, including added information about latest happenings.

Electronics can be categorized as

Power electronics – circuits related to power supplies. You might have heard of SMPS in your computer CPU. In inverter circuits connected to battery. In power electronics components/devices are capable of handling high voltages, currents and thereby called as power devices. Main functions of power electronics are converting AC supply power to DC or vice-versa.

Embedded systems – all smart gadgets we use today can be categorized into embedded systems. It consists of electronics hardware like micro-processors, micro-controllers which run software programs. Smart gadgets work on Real Time Operating System (RTOS). Of course processors get inputs from sensors or analog signals which converted into digital form. Outputs are displays, indicators or controlling actions of actuators. Software and hardware drivers are so designed that system works at optimum efficiency and throughput.

VLSI (Very Large scale Integration) – VLSI design is design of semiconductor chips. Due to VLSI there lot of generic purpose chips available in the market. In some application customized ICs are required. In such case ASICs (and all chips) are designed and manufactured in (fab) fabrication labs. Less use of hazardous elements is required to meet e-waste management and environment standards. This is another aspect of green technology.

In fields of electronic design power consumption and efficiency are key points.

Green Technology was also theme of exhibition held in Pune last week during International conference on VLSI Design and Embedded System. “The exhibition center has 30 booths showcasing latest technologies being developed by our exhibitors”, said Yatin Acharya, Managing Director of Marvell India, Pvt. Lt. and the Exhibition Chair. “Innovation is consistently brought up as a focus area for our government. Demonstrations of the latest innovations in hi-tech on display enables our local student community to get interested in technology development as a career option.”

Conference was inaugurated by Prithviraj Chavan – Chief Minister of Maharashtra. (My phone’s Voice recorder failed exactly during talk, so I can’t quote his talk 😦 ) In his speech Mr. CM recalled his early 70’s work on Intel’s 4004 device in University of California, Berkley. He said – Electronics design work in India started at Bangalore, Delhi, Noida. Today Pune is better place for creating hub of chip design industries.

Maharashtra CM Mr. Prithviraj Chavan speaking at the conferenceSource: conference Facebook Page

Maharashtra CM Mr. Prithviraj Chavan speaking at the conference
Source: conference Facebook Page

Mr. Chavan’s talk:

  1. Collaborative design centers – state government along with center’s Department of IT and communication can build infrastructure, buy EDA tools/software. Industries can and come book time to develop their own projects/products. He mentioned – Such kind of joint facilities worked successfully in Taiwan.
  2. Quality of Manpower – Many universities are providing higher education facilities in Pune. He encouraged industries to start self financed, own initiative training centers for student for quality manpower.
  3. He also mentioned possibility of incubation centers.
  4. He assured foreign representatives in the audience that Pune is best place to set up new industries, expand existing ones.
  5. He promised, “I assure that in future I will closely work with this group (organizing committee).”
  6. He referred to UID and FDI statistics, latest reforms in industrial policy by state govt. (Policy: Magnetic Maharashtra – Attractions unlimited)
  7. Mr. Chavan was amazed to see large number of participants of the conference. There were around 800 registrations including 400 students.

Exhibition featured everything which is springing electronics up. Right from electronics hardware development boards, instruments, software solutions, EDA tools to (totally unexpected for me) “cloud services”! I got opportunity to volunteer on first day for a booth of Pune Chips in the exhibition. Pune Chips is an online community for professionals and students in the field of electronics for knowledge sharing and networking. While talking to Abhijit Athavale who is founder of Pune chips and also member of organizing committee, after the conference said, “Requirement of electronics products in Indian market is growing and expected to reach $400Bn by 2020. Such conferences were earlier held in Delhi, Goa and other places in India. Pune is good place in Maharashtra where new industries are coming and there is also surety of good recruits.  Response to the booth was good. Around 100 people signed up for the membership of Pune Chips”.

For more details also check Pune Tech LiveBlog and report.

About other happenings in Pune related to green technology.

Pune based CSIR’s URDIP (Unit for Research and Development of Information products) is preparing database of patents exclusively for Indian industries. This patents database is related to Green Technology, it will help Indian industries to decide new strategies in green R&D.

Indo-German Urban Mela is currently going on in Pune. I am going there to see electric car exhibited by Volkswagen.

P.S. – Latest editorial of Down to Earth Magazine is on solar energy.


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