ISA WINWire November 19 - November 26 2010


HCL wins $100-mn deal for implementing smart grid solutions in the power sector

Source: eGov, November 19 2010

HCL Technologies has won its first $100-million contract in the country for implementing smart grid solutions in the power sector. Under the contract, the company will set up an electricity network that can intelligently integrate generators and consumers to balance supply and demand, and allows greater robustness, efficiency and flexibility than today’s power systems. The company has set up two smart grid labs in India and one in North Carolina, US, and intends to initially penetrate five per cent of the smart meters. It has already won the power ministry’s Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme in almost five states.


Renewable energy sector to attract more private equity investments

Source: The Hindu Business Line, November 22 2010

India could become hub for supplies to global market: 3i Network-IDFC report. Private equity investors prefer to invest in models that are fundamentally cost competitive rather than those purely driven by incentives, given the lower business risks in the former. India has the macro drivers and a clear edge to be a key clean energy market for private equity investors, states the India Infrastructure report 2010 by 3i Network - IDFC. Private equity investment in renewable energy sector picked up pace in the country from 2004, with Citigroup Venture Capital's $22.5 million investment in Suzlon Energy being a noteworthy deal.


Broadcom buys Gigle for $75 million

Source: EETimes, November 22 2010

Broadcom Corp. has announced that it has agreed to pay $75 million in cash to acquire Gigle Networks Inc., a privately-held company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for home networking over power lines. About $8 million in cash will be reserved for future payment to the former holders of Gigle Networks capital stock and other rights upon satisfaction of certain performance goals. Gigle Networks (Barcelona, Spain), founded in 2005, offers powerline networking technology that is HomePlug AV certified and is designed to be compliant with the IEEE 1901 standard for high-speed powerline communications.


Semiconductor success is no longer about the chips, it’s about end customers

Source: Scott Grant, EETimes, November 22 2010

To achieve high performance, semiconductor companies must lend a more attentive ear and more sharply focus their attention on customers. The year 2010 has been both profitable and turbulent for the semiconductor industry. As companies across the retail, communications and consumer technology industries build new products with embedded technology and greater programmability, the software-defined nature of devices is changing the usefulness and product life-cycle expectations for semiconductor components. This change requires much deeper understanding by semiconductor designers and manufacturers of shifting customer needs. As such, the end user – the customer – has more power than ever before. To achieve high performance, semiconductor companies must lend a more attentive ear and more sharply focus their attention on their newly empowered bosses. Designing chips, and all the engineering that goes into that, is not nearly enough to achieve high performance in this industry.


Cyclical downturn: Passing phase for the semicon industry?

Source: EETimes, November 23 2010

Since the end of 2007, a major cyclical downturn has been challenging the semiconductor equipment industry. Dearth of product innovation, customers cutting on capital spending, brain drain, non-existent venture-backed investment in equipment company start-ups and lack of demand are few factors attributed to the cyclical downturn. As a result many suppliers to the semiconductor equipment industry have abandoned the business entirely rather than succumb to continued pricing pressure.


Intel launches configurable chips with Altera

Source: CIOL, November 23 2010

Intel Corp said on Monday it is combining its low-powered Atom processor with programmable chips made by Altera Corp in a bid to get more of its silicon into medical equipment and other embedded applications. Intel, whose processors are the brains in 80 percent of the world's PCs, is rushing to stake out territory in faster-growing markets as more and more consumer gadgets and industrial devices become computerized and interconnected. Combining a version of its Atom processor, ubiquitous in netbooks, with Altera's field-programmable integrated circuits allows Intel to offer chips -- known as the E600C series -- that clients can customize to suit their own requirements.


Renewable energy ministry announces 20-% incentives on electric vehicles news

Source:, November 23 2010

In what could give the Indian electric vehicles industry a major boost, the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) yesterday announced a 20-per cent financial incentive on the ex-factory prices of electric cars and scooters sold in the country. With the incentive, manufacturers would be able to lower the prices of their vehicles to bring them closer to the price of petroleum-fuelled vehicles. Under the new scheme, electric vehicle manufacturers would receive financial incentives of up to 20 per cent on the ex- factory price for each electric vehicle sold in India.


Rural market is now the sweet spot for chipmakers

Source: Suman Ravikumar, SiliconIndia, November 24 2010

After the semiconductor industry faced huge revenue decline in 2009, totaling $226 billion and 11.4 percent decline from 2008, firms started tapping emerging markets like India and China. After tapping big Indian companies, they're now eyeing smaller firms in small towns. With 128 million households, the rural population is nearly three times the urban and has a large consuming class with 41 per cent of India's middle-class and 58 percent of the total disposable income.


India to develop electronic warfare system soon

Source: sifynews, November 25 2010

India is developing its own radar-based electronic warfare system (EWS) with two test ranges in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to equip its armed forces for modern wars, a senior defence official said Wednesday. 'An indigenously developed radar-based EWS will be ready by 2013, with test ranges at Chitradurga in Karnataka and at Tandur near Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh,' state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief controller Prahlada said here. Cost of each test range is estimated to be about Rs.200 crore.


Norway to step up solar funding in India

Source: The Hindu Business Line, November 25 2010

Norway is keen to increase its investments in the Indian renewable energy sector. The Norwegian Government is in talks with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to scale up the solar village electrification projects in States such as Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. Norway and MNRE are collaborating and co-funding a solar-based rural electrification project that aims at developing sustainable and scalable business models for accelerating large-scale roll-out of community solar power plants (CSPPs) in India.


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