ISA WINWire December 31 2010 - January 7 2011

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HCL to acquire 20 percent stake in Techmart Telecom

Source: SiliconIndia, December 30 2010

HCL Infosystems said it has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 20 percent stake in Techmart Telecom Distribution, a Dubai-based partner of Nokia Corporation, the company said in a statement. "In addition to the 20 percent equity stake, HCL Infosystems will be providing consultancy and operational services to Techmart Telecom, leveraging the company's expertise in the telecom distribution space," the statement said

2000-2010: A decade of growth in the auto sector

Source: Siddharth Vinayak Patankar and Ketan Thakkar, NDTV Profit, December 30 2010

The noughties or 2000-2010 will be remembered for the rise of Indian auto as a strong and lucrative domestic market. During this period, Indian manufacturers became bold and aggressive with global ambitions to boot in the in the second half. It began with Tata snapping up the truck business of ailing South Korean Daewoo motor in 2004 for $102 million.

Intel-GE healthcare JV launches

Source: EETimes, January 3 2011

A previously announced healthcare joint venture between Intel Corp. and General Electric Co. (GE) is officially known as Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC and up and running as of Monday (Jan. 3), the companies said. Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) and GE (Fairfield, Conn.) announced in August that they would form a healthcare company focused on so-called "telehealth" and independent living.

SoftJin announces Universal TV Encoder IP

Source: EDA Café News, January 4 2011

SoftJin, a technology company and a provider of Soft Design IP’s in various domains including Audio/Video Processing, Error Correction, Communication, Memory controller and other interfaces, announces Universal TV Encoder IP. SoftJin’s Universal TV Encoder IP accepts BT 601/656 or BT 709/1120 stream as input and generates a high quality SD/ HD video data accepted by a wide range of SD and HD Display devices.

Embedded systems to lead future innovations

Source: S Shyamala,, January 4 2011

In a highly converged world, embedded systems are touted to lead the way for future innovations. Right now, individual systems are created and then multiple features are embedded in them. This situation will change in just a couple of years when embedded systems will drive mainstream products, says a senior industry expert. Embedded devices range from portable devices such as MP3 players to stationary systems such as traffic lights and controlling systems in power plants. Devices are becoming smaller and smaller but more efficient only because of this technology. Complexity varies from low single microcontroller chip to multiple units, peripherals and networks mounted inside a single casing depending on the multiple functionalities built into the integrated chips (ICs).

Meeting semiconductor supplier challenges

Source: Shinichi Machida, President, Fujitsu Semiconductor America Inc., EETimes, January 4 2011

As the industry continues its conservative recovery from the severe downturn of the past few years, customers increasingly require that semiconductor suppliers provide the technologies and products that enhance their competitive advantage. To succeed in this environment and seize the opportunity the recovery presents, a semiconductor supplier must address some important challenges:
• A supplier must clearly define their competitive advantages and value proposition, identifying why they are the best option compared with the competition.
• A supplier must collaborate more closely than ever with customers on design and solutions.
• A supplier must provide strong, consistent product delivery and support on a global basis.


IISc researchers map hot spots to set up solar power plants

Source: geospatial today, January 5 2011

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, are mapping India’s solar hot spots—where round-the-year sunlight makes it viable for companies to set up solar power plants. The study can play a crucial role in enhancing India’s energy supply. Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, India aims to have 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar power produced by 2013 and 20 gigawatts (GW) by the end of 2022. One gigawatt is enough to power close to one million homes.

IIT-Madras plans centre for VLSI design, microchip making

Source: The Hindu, January 5 2011

IIT-Madras plans to set up a centre of excellence for VLSI (very-large-scale integration) design and microchip making. A blue print on this will be ready in the next six months, according to Kamakoti Veezhinathan, Professor at Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT-Madras. On the 24th international conference on VLSI design and the 10th international conference on Embedded Systems, Mr. Veezhinathan said at a press conference here on Tuesday that global companies such as Magma and Intel will be involved in setting up the centre.


Qualcomm to buy Atheros for $3.1 billion

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, January 5 2011

Qualcomm Inc. will acquire rival wireless chip vendor Atheros Communications Inc. in a cash deal worth roughly $3.1 billion, the companies said Wednesday (Jan. 5). The deal, first reported by the New York Times Tuesday, has been approved by the Qualcomm and Atheros boards of directors and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and the approval of Atheros' stockholders, the companies said.

EDA revenue reaches double-digit growth in Q3

Source: Anne-Françoise PELE, January 5 2011

Global revenue for EDA totaled $1307.0 million in the third quarter of 2010, according to the EDA Consortium (EDAC) Market Statistics Service (MSS). Sequentially, the revenue was up 6.9 percent and up 11.9 percent over the third quarter of 2009. The four-quarters moving average also increased by 4.9 percent. "There has, indeed, been quite an improvement in Q3 2010 EDA revenue versus last year," stated EDAC chair and chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics Corp. in a discussion with EE Times. "Traditionally, EDA revenue recoveries have lagged behind the semiconductor industry recoveries by about one year. While EDAC only reports data and takes no position on its meaning, individual companies, such as Mentor Graphics, have expressed optimism in their Q3 earnings reports and have suggested that the timing of the improvement in EDA is similar to previous recoveries."

Five predictions for solar market

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, January 6 2011

In 2009, the solar market was cold. Then, solar was hot in 2010. What's in store for 2011? Here's five predictions based on a report from Edwin Mok, an analyst at Needham & Co. LLC:
1. Slowdown seen
''While we are not substantially more bullish than the consensus view for solar installation, we are still projecting solar installation to grow 13 percent year over year to 16.7GW in 2011 versus over 100 percent growth seen in 2010. The slower growth rate is based largely on our belief that a slowdown in Germany, the Czech Republic and France will dwarf strong growth in other key markets, including the U.S., Italy, Japan, Canada and China. We expect quarterly changes in shipments throughout 2011 to directionally look similar to what we saw in 2009, where demand slows in 1H11 and bounces back in 2H11 ahead of year-end FiT reductions.''

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