ISA WINWire October 15 - 22 2010


STMicroelectronics receives the '2010 Industry Award' from the Geneva Office for the promotion of industries and technologies (OPI)

Source: IT News Online, October 14 2010

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), one of the world's leading semiconductor companies, announced it has received the "2010 Industry Award" from the Geneva Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI). The award was presented by Mr. Jesus Martin-Garcia, President of the Jury, to STMicroelectronics' President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo Bozotti, during an official ceremony held as part of the 8th annual economic event organized by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG).


Global slowdown to beat Asia growth in 2011

Source: SiliconIndia, October 14 2010

Even if Asia will end this year with strong growth, export-based Asian economies will take a beat from the struggling recovery in the U.S. and Europe, according to Reuters quarterly poll. Economists revised the forecasts for 2010 growth for most economies in a poll of 13 countries, excluding Japan. They revised down their 2011 forecasts compared with the last quarterly poll in July, citing reduced government stimulus and a slow recovery in the U.S. Asia's third-biggest economy, India is expected to grow 8.4 percent in the year to March 2011, unchanged from the July poll, and 8.3 percent in 2011-12, down from 8.5 percent in the previous poll. GDP rose 7.4 percent in 2009-10.


Broadcom acquires Beceem for $316 million

Source: EETimes, October 15 2010

Broadcom Corp. is poised to acquire privately owned Beceem Communications Inc. and its 4G wireless platform solutions portfolio, which includes the industry's first 4G multimode platform that can support both LTE and WiMAX networks. The deal will boost Broadcom's array of 2G and 3G cellular solutions, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, Ethernet switching and other associated IP, and will give the company a big foothold in the 4G market as mobile operators around the world are rolling out next-generation WiMAX and LTE networks.


Qualcomm snaps up iSkoot

Source: EETimes, October 15 2010

Qualcomm has acquired mobile web solutions provider iSkoot Technologies Inc. in a deal that bolsters the wireless telecom and fabless chip suppliers' footing in the push data services business. Qualcomm Innovation Center, a Qualcomm subsidiary, acquired the newly formed iSkoot Technologies Inc., which was set up to received the assets of San Francisco-based iSkoot Inc. Since 2005, iSkoot has been using its technology to transcode and compress Internet data that mobile providers "push" to customers' mobile phones, leading to smaller file sizes and faster downloads. It also makes the iSkoot for Skype mobile software.


Indian co. bags TSMC IP partner award

Source: Nicolas Mokhoff, EE Times, October 15 2010

Cosmic Circuits, the Bangalore, India based company bagged TSMC's "Analog/Mixed Signal IP Partner of the Year" award for 2010. The award which recognises Cosmic Circuits' contributions to TSMC's IP Alliance Programme was announced at the TSMC Open Innovation Platform Forum held in San Jose. Cosmic Circuits and other category winners were selected based on customer feedback, TSMC-9000 compliance, technical support excellence, and customer IP usage.


TI buys former SMIC fab in Chengdu

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, October 15 2010

Texas Instruments announced its first wafer fab in China, a fully-equipped 200-mm facility in the Chengdu High-tech Zone that TI purchased from Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Chengdu fab was previously operated by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC). TI (Dallas) has hired about 700 former SMIC and Cension employees that worked at the site and will begin production of analog ICs immediately, said Gregg Lowe, TI senior vice president for analog. TI initially begins to produce power management ICs at the site and will eventually ramp production of other analog parts, Lowe said.


New apps to drive analog demand

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, October 18 2010

The analog world is alive-and thriving-despite the rapid shift to digital technology, according to experts at the Analog Semiconductor Leaders’ Forum. GOYANG, South Korea – The analog world is alive-and thriving-despite the rapid shift to digital technology, according to experts at the Analog Semiconductor Leaders’ Forum here. For years, there has been a prevailing belief that the world is going digital, thereby implying that the end of analog is near. But analog is not going away anytime soon. And in fact, the analog community is seeing a renewed boom in the market, thanks to a new and growing crop of applications.


Mobile telephony boosts semiconductor market

Source: Swati Garg, Business Standard, October 19 2010

The Indian semiconductor market is on a high, having clocked a growth rate of 15.6 per cent last year – in comparison, the global market has shrunk by 11 per cent since 2008 – aided by the growth in demand for wireless handsets, low-priced notebooks and smart cards. “Factors driving the growth of semiconductors in India include application segments such as the wireless telecom equipment, which is in turn driven by the spurt in mobile handset suppliers and assemblers; and the promise of the 3G network, along with the demand for other equipment backed by the drive for e-governance,” says Poornima Shenoy, president of the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA).


Intel confirms new Oregon R&D fab

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, October 19 2010

Intel Corp. has confirmed speculation that it will build a new R&D wafer fab in Hillsboro, Ore., and upgrade other existing U.S. facilities for 22-nm production at a total investment of between $6 billion and $8 billion. The investment will create 800 to 1,000 permanent high-tech jobs and 6,000 to 8,000 construction jobs, Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) said. The new development fab in Oregon, to be known as D1X, is slated for R&D startup in 2013.


Intel to take on IT services giants

Source: SiliconIndia, October 19 2010

Now the semiconductor giant Intel to seek a chip of India's information technology industry after IBM, HP, Accenture and Capgemini. Intel has sought permission to start a 'computer consultancy service' and 'software supply service', according to its application made with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, reports The DNA. Intel already has a software and solutions group that manages various software related initiatives like the chipmaker's Appup programme which develops and manages applications for mobile phone users. Industry experts expect Intel's approach to be different from the normal software services stuff of application development, business process outsourcing and infrastructure maintenance.


Vineet Nayar named HCL Tech vice chairman

Source: CIOL, October 20 2010

HCL Technologies, which announced its quarterly financial results today, said that it has appointed Vineet Nayar as vice chairman of the company effective from November 01, 2010. He shall continue to be the CEO and whole-time director of the company. His tenure as the whole-time director of the company on revised terms shall be for a period of 5 years from November 1, 2010, subject to the approval of the shareholders, HCL Technologies said in a statement.


India’s WhizChip Technologies debuts in Silicon Valley

Source: EDA Café News, October 20 2010

WhizChip Technologies, a leading semiconductor and systems design company, announced today that it has established its U.S. market presence in Silicon Valley ahead of schedule. WhizChip provides a broad range of innovative ASIC and system-on-a-chip (SoC) and related design services to large integrated device manufactures (IDMs), fabless semiconductor houses and electronic design vendors focused on specific vertical markets. Innovative design methodologies coupled with an automated global delivery platform that makes multi-site project planning, execution and tracking seamless for WhizChip customers, have helped WhizChip grow at a phenomenal rate since its inception in 2005. Today, it has more than 100 employees; mostly design engineers and technical staff, and strategic partners in the U.S., Asia and Europe.


Nokia Siemens demos TD-LTE in India

Source: Kariyatil Krishnadas, EETimes, October 20 2010

A Time-Division Duplex version of the Long-Term Evolution wireless standard (TD-LTE) demonstrated here by Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) used India’s broadband wireless spectrum. The demonstration used 4G mobile technology running on commercial hardware in the 2.3-GHz frequency band across 20 MHz of bandwidth. NSN executives claimed a milestone in moving 2.3-GHz TD-LTE closer to commercial availability. NSN also demonstrated high-definition video streaming and three-way video conferencing.


The India Semiconductor Association panel discussion on Electronics Enabling Energy Efficiency was held on September 19, 2010. Here are excerpts from the roundtable

Source: BusinessWorld, October 21 2010

Rajeev Dubey: Good evening and thanks for inviting Businessworld to this very special event. I hope with our discussion we could add some value to the understanding of electronics and how they could enable energy efficiency. We would like to start, we thought, with a short presentation by each of the panelists on electronics and how they could enable industry efficiency and then we could get straight into the final discussion. So, may I now invite Mr Sanjay Munshi to start his presentation.


Experienced topshots hand-hold tech start-ups

Source: Archana Rai, The Economic Times, October 21 2010

Earlier this year, when Mango Technologies — a small technology firm — sold two software products to Qualcomm , one of the world’s largest wireless semiconductor companies, it signalled the growing maturity of the country’s technology sector. But behind the scenes, as agreements were drawn up and legal minutiae ironed out, the young entrepreneurs at the centre of the action were engulfed by doubt. “We were worried about some of the clauses as we had never been through an international transaction of this size,” says Sunil Maheshwari, founder and chief executive officer of the company. So he turned to venture capitalist Rajesh Srivathsa for counsel.


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