ISA WINWire September 17 - 24 2010


Tech Industry adds 30,200 jobs in 1st half of 2010: Report

Source: SiliconIndia, September 16 2010

According to a recent report based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data,the U.S. high-tech industry added 30,200 jobs between January and June of 2010, a 0.5 percent gain. The report looks at four sectors within the high-tech industry: tech manufacturing, communications services, software services, and engineering and tech services. Though the tech industry was among the last to feel the effects of the economic downturn of 2008 – 2009, it was not immune to job loss and is only slowly showing signs of climbing out of it, said Josh James, Vice President, Research and Industry Analysis, TechAmerica Foundation. Tech employment as of June 2010 stood at 5.78 million, compared to 5.99 million in January 2009. So there is still a way to go before we’ve made up for lost jobs, and continued recovery is by no means certain. With job growth in three of the four tech sectors, we remain guardedly optimistic.”


50 Years of the UK semiconductor industry

Source: David Manners, Electronics Weekly, September 17 2010

It all started with a collaboration between Geoffrey Dummer of the Royal Signals & Radar Establishment (RSRE) and Plessey Semiconductors to produce the world’s first model of an IC for the 1957 International Symposium on Components in Malvern, Worcestershire – a year before Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments made the chip that was eventually patented as the world’s first IC. In the 1960s the UK Government funnelled money into Marconi-Elliott Microelectronics, Plessey Semiconductors and Ferranti Semiconductors.


British chip designer prepares for wider demand

Source: Ashlee Vance, The New York Times, September 19 2010

Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest three-building campus nor its surroundings evoke notions of a thriving hotbed of computing. But ARM, which designs the low-power chips that go into just about every cellphone sold today, commands a prime position when it comes to one of the next major technological revolutions. This is the so-called Internet of Things, when all sorts of everyday objects will have tiny chips placed inside them and gain the ability to process information and talk to the Web.


Regulations rise as VCs exit health care

Source: Rick Merritt, EETimes, September 20 2010

"We're in a bit of a perfect storm right now with some of the worst things I've seen in 30 years," said Eamonn Hobbs, chief executive of DelCath Systems and chairman of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), host of the event. As many as three-quarters of venture capitalists are exiting the health care field as the total pool of venture capital decreases and regulatory hurdles increase, said Kevin Wasserstein, managing director of Versant Ventures (Menlo Park, Calif.) which focuses on health care.


Nokia thinks beyond handsets for India growth

Source: CIOL, September 20 2010

With phone features likely to get common across models over a period of time, mobile phone maker Nokia India Pvt Ltd is betting on services that could be bundled with the handset for growth. "The company's strategy is to offer not only a handset but also services like information on agriculture, education and entertainment under the brand Nokia Life Tools," director (sales) at Nokia India Vipul Sabharwal told reporters here Monday while launching a dual sim (subscriber identity module) card handset.


India plans 150 mn skilled workforces by 2022

Source:, September 20 2010

The National Skill Development Corporation, a joint venture between the government and industrial associations, targets to create 150 million skilled workforces in India by 2022 for sustaining high economic growth, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said. "We have a challenging target of creating a skilled workforce of 150 million persons by 2022. We have to take action to achieve this target by ramping up the capability of the NSDC. The movement is in the right direction," Mukherjee said at a meeting with top NSDC officials here.


Fu-Chieh Hsu bids TSMC goodbye

Source: Mark LaPedus, EE Times, September 21 2010

Design guru Fu-Chieh Hsu has stepped down from his post as vice president of the Design and Technology Platform unit and R&D deputy head of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd (TSMC). Officials from TSMC said that Hsu resigned two weeks ago. Hsu could not be reached for comment. He is considered by many as a design legend. He pushed the silicon foundry giant into the platform arena. TSMC originally launched the so-called Open Innovation Platform in 2008 as an industry-wide design enablement initiative.


Freescale buys swell software firm

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, September 21 2010

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has acquired certain key assets of Swell Software Inc., a developer of graphical user interface (GUI) software tools. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. With the deal, Freescale expands its portfolio. Swell Software, based in Port Huron, Mich., provides a GUI solution for embedded systems. Swell’s C/PEG, PEG Pro and PEG+ product offerings include embedded GUI development tools that work with real-time operating systems, C/C++ compiler suites and reference platforms.


Is IC market going up or down?

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, September 21 2010

There are mixed signals in the IC market. Recently, many market research houses have raised their respective IC growth forecasts for 2010. Some believe that the IC market will grow by a staggering 30 percent or more this year. But right now, the PC, LCD, LED and other markets appear to be in a seasonal lull-if not slump. AMD, Intel and other PC chip makers have lowered their forecasts in recent times. On Monday (Sept. 20), Vernon Essi, an analyst with Needham & Co. LLC, lowered his P/E ratio estimates for some analog vendors, including MPS, Maxim, SMSC, Volterra, TI, On Semi and Ixys. Then, on Tuesday (Sept. 21), Infineon, Skyworks and other wireless vendors raised their outlooks, but Exar and PMC-Sierra lowered thier respective forecasts.


IBM to buy analytics company Netezza for $1.7 billion

Source: Reuters, September 22 2010

IBM, joining the deal-making frenzy, plans to buy data analytics company Netezza Corp for $1.7 billion to expand in technology services and help clients better analyze market information. IBM agreed to pay $27 per share for Netezza, the companies said on Monday, a 10 percent premium from Friday's closing price of $24.60. Netezza's stock rose 14.9 percent on Monday to close at $28.27, slightly above the offer price.


India, US launch SME forum to create jobs

Source: Arun Kumar,, September 22 2010

Ahead of US President’s November visit to India, the two countries have launched a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Forum to help generate new jobs and investments and spur economic growth. The inaugural meeting focused on "Integrating SMEs into the US-India Value Chain" was hosted here on Tuesday by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).


Analyst: Chip market correction 'imminent'

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, September 22 2010

The business climate for the semiconductor industry is deteriorating, and leading indicators point to an imminent correction in the semiconductor market according to an analyst. While the semiconductor sector has in 2010 enjoyed a dramatic rebound from a disastrous 2009, the party is nearly over, according to Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network, a high-tech market research firm. Castellano predicted that a drop in sales of electronic gadgets would first impact the DRAM sector, which showed year-to-year sales growth of 135 percent in the second quarter. Castellano predicted that slowing PC sales would hurt microprocessor vendors Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and said semiconductor foundries would also feel the impact.


AppliedMicro completes TPACK acquisition

Source: Julien Happich, September 23 2010

The transaction is expected to be profit neutral, excluding transaction costs, for the AppliedMicro fiscal year ending March 31, 2011. TPACK will continue to operate from its Copenhagen headquarters as a wholly owned subsidiary of AppliedMicro. TPACK delivers cutting-edge Silicon ICs providing core data transport and switching functions to leading Telecom and Networking equipment suppliers. TPACK's Softsilicon products support the fastest deployment of new carrier class packet and optical network standards, providing flexible, cost and power effective implementations throughout the life of the equipment. TPACK's customer base includes Tier 1 equipment providers who account for more than 50% of the optical transport equipment market.


R.Chandrashekhar is new DoT Secretary

Source: CIOL, September 23 2010

R. Chandrashekhar, Secretary, Department of Information and Technology, will take charge as the Secretary of the Department of Telecommunication tomorrow. A couple of weeks back he was given the additional charge of DoT following the retirement of PJ Thomas, who has been appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). Chandrashekhar is a 1975 batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer. He has been the driving force behind formulation of national policies, agendas, strategies and action plans for e-Governance in the country.


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