ISA WINWire August 20 August 27 2010


Design hub for semicon firms

Source: Kalpana Shah, The Times of India, August 20 2010

When historians write about 20th century Bangalore,a milestone will definitely be recorded for 1985.That was the year Texas Instruments (TI),one of the largest and most respected chip design and manufacturing firms, decided to open a development centre in the city. Not only was it the first multinational to do so, it was the first Integrated Circuit (IC) design company to set foot in Bangalore.


HCL Infosystems rolls out gaming consoles

Source: SiliconIndia, August 20 2010

HCL Infosystems is all set to compete with the leaders in the gaming market by the launch of low-cost gaming consoles range including ME D75, ME F25 and ME K 28. The move is part of the company's plans to expand its hardware, services and ICT systems integration and distribution business.


India has strong engineering base, yet has no innovators: Nohria

Source: SiliconIndia, August 20 2010

Indian companies have always had very strong engineering base, but no major global product yet identified as being developed in India, said Nitin Nohria, the first India-born dean of the Harvard Business School. Having globally competitive innovative capacity, Indian companies must aim to compete and win the battle for global innovations to build on the remarkable successes of the last two decades, he added.


Another IC tumble on the cards?

Source: Dylan McGrath, EE Times, August 23 2010

"All signs point to another semiconductor downturn as there have now been signs of softening demand from approximately 65 percent of total semiconductor demand," wrote Christopher Danely, an analyst at J.P. Morgan, in a report circulated on Aug. 18. Semiconductor industry capacity utilization will peak during the third quarter at 96 percent, then decline to 90 percent in the fourth quarter, according to Danely who believes that the chip industry is headed for a downturn.


Semiconductor design: betting on revival

Source: Shrikanth G, Dataquest, August 23 2010

Given the overall down economic scenario in the electronics space during FY10, the semiconductor market had a subdued year. Experts say that FY10 was a difficult year for the entire global economy and electronics, semiconductor and EDA industries suffered as a consequence. As a result, semiconductor companies were cautious and delayed purchase decisions. In an effort to save costs, they focused on their core strengths, consolidating and realigning resources to complement the existing product lines. Time-to-market pressures and design complexities are critical challenges that design teams face even today. They want to get it right the first time, and improve the predictability of the design process. Despite the gloom, the role of the Indian semiconductor design market has gained strategic importance, consequently helping the industry move up the value chain.


KPIT Cummins partners Tensilica as SoC design centre

Source: EETimes, August 24 2010

KPIT Cummins has joined Tensilica's Xtensions partner network which will help customers bring feature-rich in-vehicle entertainment devices faster to market. It has become an authorised Tensilica System-on-chip (SoC) Design Centre. As a Tensilica Xtensions partner, KPIT Cummins will extend its capabilities to support customers on Xtensa core-based designs for a broad range of ASIC's for infotainment and consumer electronics applications.


Automotive electronics market on the roll

Source: EETimes, August 24 2010

Automotive electronics market to reach Rs.98,634.65 crore ($21 billion) in five years, according to Databeans Inc. The report, titled "2010 Automotive Microcontrollers," indicates that the global market revenue for all automotive semiconductors is expected to swell 27 per cent to Rs.98,634.65 crore ($21 billion) in 2010.


Technology industry faces chip shortage

Source: Graeme Wearden, The Guardian, August 24 2010

The technology industry faces a growing shortage of semiconductors and other high-tech components following a failure to invest in new manufacturing facilities during the recession, experts have warned. Smartphone makers are now finding it harder to lay their hands on chips and display screens, leading to supply delays on some handsets. Analysts have said that this scramble is likely to become increasingly competitive, potentially hitting pushing up costs for consumers.


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