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ISA WINWire June 11– June 18 2010


Indian semiconductor market set to touch $ 8 bn in 2011

Source: The Economic Times, June 17 2010    www.economictimes.indiatimes.com

Buoyed by demand from the telecom and IT sector, the semiconductor market in India is poised to grow at a CAGR of 22.1 per cent to touch $ 8.04 billion in 2011, according to the India Semiconductor Association (ISA).

This is against revenues of $ 5.39 billion in 2009, the ISA said.

"With the completion of the 3G and BWA auctions, there will be increased demand for wireless handsets, 3G network devices, WiMax equipment and notebooks, all of which will provide a fillip to the Indian semiconductor industry," ISA Chairman Biswadip Mitra told reporters here. There is also a good demand from the defence sector, along with the DTH industry (for set-top boxes), aerospace and smart card companies, he added.

According to the ISA-Frost & Sullivan India Semiconductor Market 2009-2011 report, the Indian semiconductor market grew 15.6 per cent in 2009, in contrast to the global market that shrunk by 11 per cent from 2008 levels.

The available opportunity is also huge. "The opportunity in the semiconductor industry is expected to witness a CAGR of 34.8 per cent in the Total Available Market (TAM), the revenue of which is anticipated to climb to $ 4.84 billion in 2011 from $ 2.66 billion in 2009," the report said.

The report said that design and manufacture of electronic systems in the country was also a potential opportunity.

"The total available market for the Indian electronics industry is anticipated to rise significantly to $ 37.1 billion in 2011 from $ 25.4 billion in 2009, growing at a CAGR of 21.4 per cent. As ISA, we will work with the various players to tap the opportunities in the market," Mitra said. The opportunity is available across multiple segments like telecom, automotive and healthcare, he added.


Bharat Forge joins KPIT Cummins to make hybrid technology for autos

Source: Surojit Chatterjee, International Business Times, June 8 2010    www.in.ibtimes.com

Bharat Forge Ltd, a supplier of forged and machined parts, based in Pune, India, has joined with KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd., an engineering and IT consulting firm for automotive and manufacturing companies, based in Pune, India, to make and sell a new hybrid technology for automobiles.


Synopsys' shopping spree extends to Synfora's technology and engineering resources

Source: Julien Happich, EETimes, June 11 2010    www.electronics-eetimes.com

The asset acquisition strengthens Synopsys' position in system-level design and verification and enhances the company's FPGA-based prototyping solutions. Synfora's technology enables designers to quickly create and synthesize IC building blocks starting from a description written in the C or C++ programming language. The advantages of Synfora's technology, including high capacity and quality of results for performance, area and power, are production-proven in leading-edge designs.


Analysis: Acquisitions reflect broadening view of EDA

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, June 11 2010    www.eetimes.com/

Synopsys Inc.'s definitive agreement to acquire IP vendor Virage Logic Inc. for $315 million in cash, as well as an agreement by Cadence Designs Systems Inc. last month to buy memory model company Denali Software Inc. —also for $315 million—represent the most recent and perhaps boldest steps yet by large EDA vendors to broaden their focus and emerge from a "myopic view of what EDA is that was killing the industry," according to a prominent EDA analyst.


Gartner: Semi industry’s strong 2010 growth mitigated by modest correction

Source: Ann Steffora Mutschler, EDN, June 11 2010    www.edn.com

Set against the backdrop of strong recovery for the semiconductor industry, Gartner analysts gathered here Thursday to present their predictions for this year through 2014. Bryan Lewis, research VP for semiconductor research, started the morning with a whammy of a question that tends to make most industry execs cringe: Although things looking pretty good currently, is there a correction coming?


10 reasons to remain bullish, worried for 2010

Source: Mark LaPedus, EE Times, June 15 2010    www.eetasia.com

So far, the electronics industry is seeing a big upturn, giving signs of a positive year. Still, I have some concerns. Here are 10 reasons why I'm bullish—and worried—about 2010:

1. ICs turn hot and cold
"Worldwide semiconductor revenue in 2010 is projected to reach $290 billion, a 27.1 percent increase from 2009 revenue of $228 billion. The outlook for the semiconductor industry has improved from Gartner's first quarter of 2010 forecast, when we projected worldwide semiconductor sales to grow 19.9 percent," said Gartner Inc. analysts Bryan Lewis and Peter Middleton.


TSMC says global chip industry to expand almost 30% (Update1)

Source: Tim Culpan, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 15 2010    www.businessweek.com

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the island’s biggest chipmaker, raised this year’s market forecast, underscoring the industry’s growing confidence in a recovery in demand that’s pushing companies to boost investments. Global chip-industry sales this year will increase almost 30 percent in 2010, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Morris Chang said at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting at its Hsinchu, Taiwan headquarters today. Chang in April forecast 22 percent growth.


Qualcomm to spur 3G HSPA, LTE in India

Source: EETimes, June 15 2010    www.eetindia.co.in

Qualcomm Incorporated has provisionally won one 20MHz slot of spectrum in the circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala in the BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) auction where it's final bid was Rs. 4912.54 crore ($1.045 billion).


Car infotainment market to drop -3.4% till 2015

Source: EETimes, June 16 2010    www.eetindia.co.in

A new study from ABI Research indicates that a price drop of in-vehicle navigation systems will cause the automotive infotainment market to decline to Rs.114,518.96 crore ($24.8 billion) worldwide in 2015 from over Rs.1,36,222.15 crore ($29.5 billion) in 2010. The forecast predicts that price drop on in-vehicle navigation systems which includes in-vehicle navigation, audio, video and Internet, will hurt the category just as other technologies are beginning to grow to support it.


India to set up science research academy

Source: iGovernment.in June 17 2010    www.igovernment.in

The cabinet on Thursday cleared a proposal to set up a national academy which will focus on research and impart training in frontier areas of science and technology. A Bill to set up the "Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research" will be introduced in the ensuing monsoon session of parliament, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, reports IANS.


TSMC to purchase photovoltaic stake

Source: Kevin Chen, June 17 2010    taipeitimes.com

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, ???) yesterday said it was purchasing a 21 percent stake in a US-based solar photovoltaic company as part of its efforts to move into the green energy business. TSMC, the world’s top contract chipmaker, said in a statement that it had reached a series of agreements with Stion Corp on technology licensing, supply and joint development of thin-film solar photovoltaic modules technology.


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