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ISA WINWire April 30 – May 14 2010


Solar energy to get a boost

Source: Business Standard, May 3 2010    www.ibef.org

The government of India plans to produce 20 million Mw of power using solar energy said director, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy A K Singhal. Speaking at a seminar on ‘Renewable Energy: Options For Heating and Lighting’ organised at Basaveshwar College of Engineering in Bagalkot, he said the production process will be completed in three phases.


Tata BP Solar expands India manufacturing capacity

Source: EETimes, May 3 2010    www.eetindia.co.in

In a clear demonstration of its commitment to India and the growth of the solar energy market, Tata BP Solar expands by taking its total cell capacity to 84 MW with module capacity at 125MW. A joint venture between BP Solar and Tata Power, it has added a new production line of 32 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells to its existing cell capacity of 52 MW, at its plant in Bangalore. This results in an expansion of 62 per cent in its manufacturing capacity.


Biswadip Mitra to head ISA for 2010-11

SSource: EETimes, May 4 2010    www.eetindia.co.in

India Semiconductor Association gets a new leadership team for the year 2010-11 with Biswadip (Bobby) Mitra president and managing director of Texas Instruments India at the helm. Pradip K Dutta, corporate VP and managing director, Synopsys India has been elected as the vice chairman of India Semiconductor Association (ISA) for the year 2010-11. Poornima Shenoy is the president of ISA.


Infineon ranks top in chips for automotive electronics

Source: Anke Schröter, evertiq, May 4 2010    www.evertiq.com

The U.S.-based market researcher reports that Infineon captured a 9% share of the global market with sales totaling USD 1.31 billion in 2009. Infineon strengthened its market position even though it was a crisis year for the automobile industry, with the overall market for automotive chips contracting by 21% to USD 14.4 billion in 2009 (compared to USD 18.3 billion in 2008).


IIT alumnus Nohria is next dean of Harvard

Source: CIOL, May 5 2010    www.ciol.com

Professor Nitin Nohria, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, has been named the first Indian-American dean of the prestigious Harvard Business School, a role he will take up from July 1. Currently the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration at the century-old institution and co-chair of its Leadership Initiative, Nohria will serve as the 10th dean of Harvard Business School.


Portable medical apps challenge designers

Source: George Leopold, EE Times, May 6 2010    www.eetindia.co.in

The growing popularity of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are presenting a challenge to medical electronics designers forcing them to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.


Chip market headed for 30% growth year, says Cowan

Source: Peter Clarke, EE Times, May 6 2010    www.eetimes.com

Strong global chip sales in the first quarter of 2010, as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association, have led industry analyst Mike Cowan to predict 30.3 percent growth for the chip market in 2010.


Lanco Solar plant to come up in Orissa

Source: V.Rishi Kumar, The Hindu Business Line, May 7 2010    www.thehindubusinessline.com

Lanco Solar, the special purpose vehicle (SPV) of Lanco Infratech Ltd, has finalised plans for a polysilicon and solar wafer manufacturing base in Ramdaspur village, near Cuttack District, in a notified special economic zone (SEZ) and it has recently invited qualification from equipment suppliers. In December 2009, the Board of Approval for Special Economic Zones accorded clearance for Lanco's solar photovoltaic project.


Moser Baer to raise Rs 400 cr debt for expanding solar power

Source: Kirtika Suneja, May 7 2010    www.business-standard.com

Global technology company Moser Baer plans to raise Rs 300-400 crore of debt in the next two to three months to fund expansion, primarily to increase the crystalline silicon capacity of its photo voltaic (PV) business by 100 Mw from the current 140 Mw.


Semiconductor sales expected to soar

Source: Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek, May 7 2010    www.informationweek.com

Worldwide semiconductor revenue is on track to reach a record $300.3 billion, up 30.6% from $229.9 billion last year, iSuppli said. The last time the industry saw growth greater than 30% was in 2000, when revenue grew 36.7% year over year. However, unlike in 2000 when the rise was based on the dot-com bubble, which burst soon after, the expansion predicted for this year is driven by "real fundamental supply/factors that slowly have been gaining momentum during the past 12 months," iSuppli said.


India looking to Germany for assistance in renewable energy technologies

Source: OneIndia, May 7 2010    news.oneindia.in

India, one of the biggest markets for alternative energy technologies, is looking towards Germany for technological assistance and knowledge transfer in the field of renewable energy, especially for rural electrification and grid integration. German companies, which have the largest solar market worldwide, are keen to enter India with their Solar thermal, photovoltaic cell and concentrated solar power products as well as facilitate transfer of technology through workshops and training under India's National Solar Mission, according to Mr Berthold Breid, CEO, Renewable Energy Academy, Germany.


Orissa approves nine more solar power projects

Source: Business Standard, May 10 2010    www.ibef.org

The renewable energy sector in Orissa is likely to get further boost with a large number of private entrepreneurs evincing interest to set up solar power units in the state. The Orissa government has approved nine more solar power projects with an aggregate generation capacity of 57 Mw.


Indosolar aims to raise INR 4 billion via initial share sale in July

Source: Nasdaq, May 10 2010    www.nasdaq.com

Indosolar Ltd., which makes solar photo-voltaic cells, plans to raise INR4 billion ($89 million) via an initial share sale in July as it aims to ramp up capacity to capture the growing Indian market for solar cells, a senior company official said Monday. New-Delhi based Indosolar currently has capacity to make solar photovoltaic cells that can produce 160 megawatts of electricity. It aims to increase annual manufacturing capacity to 260 MW by 2011 at an investment of INR3.6 billion, the company's Managing Director Hulas Rahul Gupta told reporters.


India solar PV modules to hit 1250MW

Source: EETimes, May 11 2010    www.eetindia.co.in

The capacity of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules in India is estimated to cross 750MW and 1250MW by the end of year 2010 as per a recent report Solar PV Industry 2010: Contemporary Scenario and Emerging Trends'released by India Semiconductor Association (ISA). The report was released by R Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser, government of India, chief guest for the function with professor Juzer Vasi, IIT Bombay and head core committee and BV Naidu, advisor, ISA. The report was supported by the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA and aims to serve as an important reference source for the various stake holders in the solar PV industry.


Rumor mill: IBM Micro on the block?

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, May 11 2010    www.eetimes.com

Rumors are running rampant again that IBM Corp. is looking to sell its chip unit. For years, the rumors have been on and off that IBM wants to sell its Microelectronics unit. Some say GlobalFoundries Inc. is a possible suitor. Others say IBM Micro is too expensive and not worth the trouble. ''Who wants IBM Micro? Nobody,’’ says one analyst.


Seer Akademi aims to incubate 100 electronics start-ups in 5 years

Source: Business Standard, May 12 2010    www.ibef.org

Synopsys Electronics Education and Research (Seer) Akademi, an academic initiative of the Worldwide University Program of Nasdaq-listed Synopsys Inc is aiming at incubating 100 start-up ventures in five years. "India will import about $320 billion in electronics goods by 2015, from the present $32 billion, which means there is huge demand and production gap. There is a lot of scope to do a lot of things across the country in the field of electronics. We have been partnering Indian universities to jointly promote product development in the area of electronics. Our focus is to foster electronics talent and entrepreneurship and help students build a small electronics company. Seer Akademi will be providing micro-funding and grants till the students develop a prototype and then connect them with a venture capitalist. Our target is to incubate 100 such ventures in five years, leading to a lot of electronics-related problems being solved," said Srikanth Jadchela, chief executive officer, Seer Akademi.


Cadence to buy Denali for $315 million

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, May 13 2010    www.eetimes.com

EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to buy memory model company Denali Software Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) for $315 million in cash. Denali is expected to have approximately $45 million in cash at closing. The transaction expands Cadence's solution portfolio to deliver efficient and cost-effective system component modeling and IP integration. The transaction was unanimously approved by the Cadence and Denali boards of directors.


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