ISA WINWire July 23 – July 30 2010


TSMC chairman wins first semiconductor industry pioneer award

Source: Focus Taiwan, July 22 2010

Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, has won the first annual Semiconductor Industry Pioneer Award, the event's organizer said Thursday.


India unveils Rs.1,500 laptop for students

Source: CIOL, July 23 2010

India on Thursday unveiled a Rs.1,500 (around $30) laptop designed specifically for students. "If more companies decide to manufacture a similar device, prices will come down automatically," Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said after unveiling the low cost-access-cum computing device here. The device would be made available to students in 2011.


Wipro to launch renewable energy products

Source: CIOL, July 23 2010

Wipro Technologies, which today announced a profit of Rs 1,319 cr in Q1, is betting big in the energy space and is building up its portfolio in this direction. The company is working towards rolling out renewable energy products by the end of the year. Starting 2008, Wipro had launched a new division called Eco Energy, which was aimed at building green buildings, setting LEED certified facilities. But, going down the line, the company decided to focus on generation, distribution and transformation of energy.


Seminar on solar inverters

Source: The Hindu Business Line, July 23 2010

India Semiconductor Association , the apex trade body representing the electronic systems design and manufacturing industry, in association with the West Bengal Government, Webel and West Bengal Green Energy Power Development Corporation, held a workshop on solar inverters here on Friday, according to a press release. Mr Debesh Das, West Bengal Minister for Information Technology, inaugurated it, emphasising the need to strengthen solar inverter manufacturing capabilities in the state. The workshop brought together experts from the industry and the government to provide a comprehensive techno-commercial perspective on solar inverters and discussed the opportunities and challenges before the manufacturers and solar PV based power developers, the release added.


'Desh' Deshpande to co-chair Obama's Advisory Council

Source: Business Standard, July 23 2010

India-born Gururaj Deshpande, chairman of Tejas Networks, A123 and Akshaya Patra, has been appointed co-chairman of US President Barack Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He will support Obama’s innovation strategy by helping develop policies that foster entrepreneurship, create jobs and drive economic growth. Popularly known as ‘Desh’, Deshpande is one of the 26 members of the council which includes serial entrepreneurs, university presidents, investors and non-profit leaders. Steve Case and Mary Sue Coleman will serve as the other co-chairs.


Intel plans to partner Govt. for Rs. 1,500 PC

Source: SiliconIndia, July 26 2010

Intel India plans to partner the union HRD ministry to commercially roll out the 1,500 tablet PC for students, the prototype of which was showcased by the government on Thursday. The world's largest chipmaker intends to provide its technical assistance to the government in terms of design evolution, hardware configuration and bring together OEM manufacturers on the table for the product, reports Economic Times.


Guidelines for National Solar Mission released

Rajiv Tikoo, The Financial Express, July 26 2010

Signalling the complete operationalisation of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, non-renewable resources minister Farooq Abdullah and power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde jointly released the guidelines for the selection of new grid connected solar power projects in the Capital on Sunday. The guidelines for 1,000 MW of solar power scheme have come soon after the launch of the off-grid and roof-top solar applications.


NXP buys Jennic, boosts short-range RF portfolio

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, July 26 2010

Dutch chip company NXP has acquired Jennic, a fabless chip company offering wireless connectivity ICs, for $12.2 million plus an additional $7.8 million over the next two years if Jennic meets certain performance targets. The acquisition gives NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) an option to integrate 802.15.4 and Zigbee low-power RF circuits across its own range of mixed-signal circuits with particular benefit for applications in eMetering, smart lighting, building automation, asset tracking and device remote controls.


India Semiconductor Association welcomes solar project policy guidelines

Source: IndiaMart News, July 27 2010

India Semiconductor Association(ISA) has welcomed the policy guidelines with open arms for grid connected solar projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). The ministry of power and ministry of new and renewable energy here on sunday, released the guidelines for selection of new grid connected solar power projects under the JNNSM.


Debate rages over future of U.S. fabs

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, July 27 2010

The debate continues over the demise of chip manufacturing and the dwindling number of solar fabs in the United States. Except in a few cases, the party is nearly over in terms of new and leading-edge chip and solar fabs being built in the U.S., some argue. However, one investment firm, Turner Investment Partners (Berwyn, Pa.), recently made a bold statement: “The state of U.S. manufacturing is quite healthy and appears likely to remain so for a long time to come.” The firm acknowledged trends that encourage the misconception that U.S. manufacturing is on the verge of extinction, but it makes the case that manufacturing in the U.S. ''is only changing, not dying.’’


Silicon Valley venture capitalists are feeling glum

Source: Cyrus Sanati, The New York Times, July 29 2010

Confidence among venture capitalists in Silicon Valley weakened in the second quarter, according to a new industry report, as concerns over financing, the economy and new regulations added to an already tough working environment. But while confidence dipped, investments increased as several venture capitalists seemed excited about a new crop of quality start-ups hitting the Valley.


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