ISA WINWire September 3 - 12 2010


Texas Instruments: Growth with work centering around low cost innovation

Source: Shelley Singh, The Economic Times, September 3 2010

Twenty five years ago, when Dallas headquartered chip maker Texas Instruments (TI) bet on Bangalore as a back office destination it had to transfer equipment — from satellite dish to servers — on bullock carts. A quarter century later those images are part of Texas Instruments' archives, history and folklore. Those were the days when eyebrows were raised over the decision to move to India and few would venture to set up even a call centre, let alone a high-tech chip design facility.


Age a big factor in technology earnings

Source: Don E. Sears,, September 3 2010

Research from the University of California at Berkeley shows age is a factor in earnings: As you get older in your technology job, your rate of earning becomes more stagnant. So what's a technologist to do? Climb the ladder or shift career paths as you go along. Programmers take heed. The older you get in technology, the harder it is to maintain a salary that grows, discovered economists Clair Brown and Dr. Greg Linden of the University of California, Berkeley, who have been studying the subject in research about offshoring and the semiconductor industry since 2006. These academics have repeatedly discovered data that shows salaries for engineers and technology workers peak in their 30s, and become more stagnant in the 40s and 50s, with fewer job opportunities as aging progresses.


Once a dynamo, the tech sector is slow to hire

Source: Catherine Rampell, The New York Times, September 6 2010

For years the technology sector has been considered the most dynamic, promising and globally envied industry in the United States. It escaped the recession relatively unscathed, and profits this year have been soaring. But as the nation struggles to put people back to work, even high-tech companies have been slow to hire, a sign of just how difficult it will be to address persistently high joblessness. While the labor report released last week showing August figures provided mildly positive news on private-sector hiring, the unemployment rate was 9.6 percent.


Semiconductor technology can change our world

Source: Ganesh Guruswamy, Financial Chronicle, September 6 2010

India has made a mark on the global platform with its technological contribution but much of this is just a fraction of what this country is capable of. All it takes is just one small inn­ovation to change our world. Since the 1950s, when the first integrated circuit was invented, the role of electronics in myriad and innovative applications across a wide range of sectors has increased manifold. The Indian ICT sector has evolved and we are in urgent need of similar innovations in other critical areas like renewable energy, power and healthcare.


U.S. cos can't find American engineers, turn to hire Indians

Source: SiliconIndia, September 6 2010

The dearth of engineers in the U.S. due to which companies have no other choice but to hire foreign skilled workers to meet their requirements in American companies. Cognizant says that it has 57 recruitment staff in the U.S. looking for local engineers but due to unavailability of skilled workers in U.S., the company is forced to import Indians on work visas, reports Joe Leahy from Financial Times.


Semicon revenues to scale Rs.14.01 lakh crore

Source: EETimes, September 7 2010

Gartner forecasts the 2010 semiconductor industry's global revenue to scale Rs.14.01 lakh crore ($300 billion). This is a 31.5 per cent increase from 2009 revenue of Rs.10.65 lakh crore ($228 billion). The growth spurt will taper off, however, to gain only 4.6 per cent in 2011 or Rs.14.66 lakh crore ($314 billion) in revenues next year. 2H 2010 growth is estimated to be below seasonal norms, as semiconductor sales align with electronic system sales. Research VP at Gartner, Bryan Lewis cites, "Semiconductor growth in the first half of 2010 was very strong, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the industry cannot maintain the momentum in the second half of 2010 and into 2011." He explains that, "While the impact of the European credit crisis has subsided, the global economic recovery is slowing, and there is concern that electronic equipment vendors are adopting a cautious stance, ready to cut production at the first signs of slowing customer orders."


Siemens, National Semiconductor collaborate on ultrasound technology

Source: San Jose Business Journal, September 7 2010

Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp. on Tuesday announced a wide-ranging strategic alliance to advance ultrasound technology. Siemens Medical, which has operations in Mountain View, and Santa Clara-based National Semiconductor said they plan to create ultrasound imaging systems that produce enhanced image quality and advanced 3D/4D imaging capabilities while consuming less power.


Acquisitions bloom all around

Source: EETimes, September 8 2010

About ten years ago Intel went on a buying spree, acquiring companies for billions of dollars then writing them off or selling them for much less a few years later. Will Strauss, founder and president of market watcher Forward Concepts enumerates some of these acquisitions in a report. Intel paid about $1.7 billion for its first big communications acquisition, Level One Communications, which no longer exists today. It bought DSP Communications for about $1.6 billion, which it later sold to Marvell for $600 million, writing off another $600. VxTel cost Intel $550 million and was sold for under $1 million.


Analyst sees Freescale losing share

Source: EETimes, September 8 2010

Freescale Semiconductor Inc., the leader in the high-end 32-bit embedded communications processor space, is starting to lose share to Cavium, NetLogic and other chipmakers, according to an analyst. ''Freescale is the 800lb. gorilla in the embedded communications processor space with roughly half of the global market share by our estimation, but with troubles associated with its missed multicore processor offerings several years back,'' said Hans Mosesmann, an analyst with Raymond James & Associates, in a report.


India now has over 650 mn cellphone connections

Source: CIOL, September 8 2010

India's mobile phone market continued to expand at a robust pace with total connections estimated at 652.42 million as on Aug 1, thanks to 16.92 million new subscribers joining the network in July, official data showed Wednesday. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the wireless phone user base grew 2.66 percent to 652.42 million in July, from 635.51 million in the previous month. With this the total telephone subscriber base in the country, both wireless and wireline connections combined, touched 688.38 million. The total telephone density reached 58.17 percent.


India need to start creating IP in embedded space

Source: CIOL, September 8 2010

As we see a big surge in India Embedded Industry, the more number of avenues are opening up for Indian companies to target and address the needs in embedded space. In an interaction with Abhigna N G of CIOL, Poornima Shenoy, president, ISA says its high time that the Indian companies focused on industry segments like automotive, industrial, portable/wireless and consumer electronics which are heavily dependent on electronics taking the advantage of huge talent pool in India.


Top 31 tech startups named by World Economic Forum

Source: EETimes, September 9 2010

The Technology Pioneers of 2011 have been chosen by the World Economic Forum. The listing evaluates how technology startups have answered some basic human needs with their innovative technologies. The technologies under consideration are those that manage and treat water as an important resource; treat rare and neglected diseases; modify behaviors to reach a low-carbon economy; and find more benefits from the 24/7, ubiquitous connection to the Internet.


R. Chandrashekhar given additional charge of DoT

Source: CIOL, September 9 2010

R. Chandrashekhar, Secretary, Department of Information and Technology, has been given the additional charge of Department of Telecommunication on Thursday morning. Chandrashekhar is a 1975 batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer. He has been the driving force behind formulation of national policies, agendas, strategies and action plans for e-Governance in the country.


Nokia sees huge potential in India

Source: CIOL, September 9 2010

Nokia, the world's top cellphone maker, expects the importance of Brazil, Russia, India and China for its business to increase, a company executive said on Thursday. "The importance of these markets for Nokia is only on a rise," Timo Ihamuotila told an accountacy conference in Helsinki. Ihamuotila said he expected domestic demand to boost growth in BRIC economies.


Chipmakers' outlooks stoke economy concerns

Source: Noel Randewich, Sinead Carew, Reuters, September 10 2010

Chip makers National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments Inc on Thursday issued quarterly financial targets that stoked investors' worries about a sluggish economy. Both companies cited weak demand for personal computers and other devices that use microchips and National Semiconductor said consumers were not spending as much as expected.


To create jobs, nurture start-ups

Source: Steve Lohr, The New York Times, September 11 2010

MODERN tools of data analysis — fast computers, smart software and vast troves of digital information — often open the door to new insights. Consider the subject of jobs in America. For decades, the assumption has been that small business is the economy’s dynamic engine of job generation. Look at the numbers broadly, and that is the irrefutable conclusion: two-thirds of net new jobs are created by companies with fewer than 500 employees, which is the government’s definition of a small business.


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