ISA WINWire August 13 – August 20 2010


India Semiconductor Association welcomes guidelines for new solar projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

Source: WorldPRWire, August 13 2010

The Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on July 25th unveiled the guidelines for selection of new grid connected solar power projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). India Semiconductor Association, the apex trade body representing the Indian Electronic Systems Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, welcomes this development and is confident that these policy measures would give impetus to the growth of the domestic solar PV industry. This is a concrete step in realizing the targets set by the National Solar Mission and will provide a significant boost to the domestic solar industry.


Questions to help sort out the industry

Source: Bolaji Ojo, EE Times, August 16 2010

Electronics makers are making more money again as rising electronics sales and tight demand conditions increase their profits, enabling a few companies to affirm their healthy cash positions. But industry executives still worry about the future. A lot of companies are keeping their cash on their balance sheets instead of hiring more employees or funding capital improvement projects. While some leading chip companies such as Intel Corp. and Samsung Inc. have increased their capex recently, others have been reluctant to invest in acquisitions and manufacturing expansions.


ARM, ATIC, TI invest $48M in server chip startup

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, August 16 2010

Startup Smooth-Stone Inc. has raised $48 million from a syndicate of investors, including ARM, Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC) and Texas Instruments Inc. The capital will be used to develop high-performance, low-power chips, said to ''change the server market and the makeup of data centers.'' Founded in 2008, Smooth-Stone (Austin, Texas) claims to bring ultra low power mobile phone technology to the data center.


Update: Intel buying TI's cable modem business

Source: EETimes, August 16 2010

Intel Corp. has agreed to acquire Texas Instruments Inc.'s cable modem product line, the company said Monday (Aug. 16). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) said it plans to combine TI's Puma product lines with the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard technology and Intel SoCs to deliver advanced set top box, residential gateway and modem products for the cable industry. The objective is to provide cable OEMs with an open and powerful platform for delivering innovative and differentiated products to service providers that improve the video, voice and data content experience at home, the company said.


Outsourced IC design revenue up in 2009, says Gartner

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, August 16 2010

Although the absolute number of ICs designed each year continues to decline, an increasing proportion of IC designs are getting outsourced to service companies and they are charging more for their work, according to market research company Gartner Inc. The total number of design starts declined by about 15 percent in 2009 compared with the previous year, Gartner (Stamford, Connecticut). At the same time the number of outsourced design starts declined by 9 percent in 2009, indicating that the number grew as a percentage of the total. Gartner said it captured its data by a survey of 35 vendors offering integrated circuit design services.


Broadcom expands facilities in India

Source: India Blooms, August 16 2010

Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, reinforced its commitment in India with the announcement of facility expansion and upgrades in Bangalore and Hyderabad, said the company on Monday. Broadcom India currently employs over 500 engineers at locations in Hyderabad and Bangalore, which together represent one of the company’s largest engineering concentrations outside of the U.S.


PM approves setting up of National Innovation Council

Source: The Hindu Business Line, August 17 2010

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has approved the setting up of a National Innovation Council to prepare a road map for the decade of Innovation 2010-2020. The National Innovation Council will be headed by Mr Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations. The council has been given the mandate to evolve an Indian model of innovation focusing on inclusive growth and creating an appropriate eco system conducive to foster inclusive innovation. It will delineate appropriate policy initiatives within the Government required to spur innovation. It will also promote the setting up of Sectoral Innovation Councils and State Innovation Councils.


Govt. allows Wipro to enter defence sector

Source: SiliconIndia, August 18 2010

Technology major Wipro is set to enter the defence sector. The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) had given its nod to Wipro for designing, developing and manufacturing defence-related software and had further referred the matter for the Finance Minister's approval. The case assumes importance as even the FIPB was not clear whether approval from them is required for companies engaged in software activities to enter the defence sector.


Intel to buy McAfee for $7.68 billion

Source: CIOL, August 19 2010

Chip maker Intel Corp said Thursday it agreed to buy security technology firm McAfee Inc for about $7.68 billion in cash in an effort to boost its security offerings. Under the terms of the deal, Intel said it would pay $48 per share in cash for McAfee, which would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel's software and services group. The price is a 60 percent premium to McAfee's Wednesday closing price.


Marvell acquires DS2 technology

Source: EDACafe, August 19 2010

Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced it has acquired the intellectual property and assets of Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio S.A. ("DS2"), a supplier of high speed semiconductor solutions for powerline communications.


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