ISA WINWire October 22 - 29 2010


KPIT Cummins acquires car diagnostics company In2Soft

Source: Christoph Hammerschmidt, EETimes, October 21 2010

India-based automotive engineering company KPIT Cummins has completed the takeover of vehicle diagnostics and telematics expert company In2Soft GmbH, based in Munich (Germany). With the move, KPIT Cummins intends to improve its standing in specific markets. According to a press release of the Indian technology company, the agreement is expected to result in greater efficiencies and increased market share. Decisive factors for picking the Munich-based software experts were their capabilities in vehicle diagnostics as well as their strong near-shore capabilities. In addition, KPIT Cummins expects enhanced access to European OEM customers and, last but not least, hopes to expand its product portfolio.


HCL Infosystems scouts for acquisitions

Source: Business Standard, October 21 2010

IT firm HCL Infosystems today said it is scouting for acquisitions, worth up to $100 million, in emerging markets like Africa to expand its footprint globally and strengthen its services portfolio. HCL Infosystems Chief Executive Officer Harsh Chitale said, "We are looking at opportunities across emerging markets like Africa and Middle East." The company is looking at services acquisition of $50-100 million, while a geography-centric acquisition could be of the size of $6-10 million.


Solar energy to become must for telecom towers

Source: Subhash Narayan, The Economic Times, October 22 2010

The government will make it mandatory for mobile phone towers to be powered by solar energy, hoping to cut pollution and tamp down a key driver of diesel consumption in the country. But this would raise construction costs by up to 50% for cellphone operators such as Bharti, Vodafone and Reliance Communications. “We are working on a new scheme that will support adoption of greener practices by telecos while rolling out their services for customers,” secretary with the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), Deepak Gupta, told ET.


Pune next R&D hub, say experts

Source:, October 24 2010

After having created a mark internationally on various fronts ranging from education to cultural and sports and from auto to an important IT centre in the country, Pune is now readying to acquire another identity, said Parag Mehta, managing director and general manager, QLogic (India) and the vice president of Software Exporter\'s Association of Pune (SEAP) in his address during the \"Seminar on Storage and Networking Protocols for the next generation\' organised by Pune Chips and Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) recently.


Scientific research key to India's growth: Murthy

Source: CIOL, October 25 2010

Infosys chairman and chief mentor N R Narayana Murthy today said that scientific research is the key to sustaining India’s growth. Murthy made this observation while announcing the winners of Infosys Prize 2010, instituted by Infosys Science Foundation. “It is critical for India to ensure that research remains an attractive profession for the nation's finest minds. The Infosys Prize aims to recognize and acknowledge outstanding work done by researchers, creating role models and thereby encouraging the youth to pursue careers in scientific research,” he said.


Wipro develops unique solar product to revolutionise green energy space

Source: Goutam Das,, October 25 2010

The Azim Premji-led soaps to software firm Wipro, has now developed a hardware product that can improve the power generation in a solar plant by as much as 20%. Wipro says it's a first-of-its-kind product in the world. Wipro has already bagged two orders for the product and has started piloting it with one company during the September quarter. The product, developed by a team of 40, picks up critical data from panels and inverters in a solar plant and dynamically models it to improve generation. Wipro is guaranteeing between 8% and 20% generation increase in a plant. The product has both hardware and software components. “It is a box that sits in a customer location that picks up the data for modeling. Both the hardware and software have been developed by us,” president of Wipro's eco-energy business TK Kurien said.


Intel opens first chip plant in China

Source: Reuters, October 26 2010

Chip heavyweight Intel Corp opened its first chip plant in China on Tuesday in a move that said could help boost China's economy, several years after the U.S. firm first announced the $2.5 billion project. "For 25 years now, Intel has been investing and innovating in China with China and for China," Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said in a statement. "This manufacturing facility helps deliver on our vision to contribute to sustainable growth in China while giving us better proximity to serve our customers in Asia," said Otellini, who spoke at the official opening ceremony in Dalian.


PMC-Sierra bags Wintegra

Source: Mark LaPedus, EE Times, October 27 2010

In a move that speeds up its product offering in the IP/Ethernet packet-based mobile backhaul equipment market segment , PMC-Sierra Inc. has bagged Wintegra Inc., the provider of network processors optimised for mobile backhaul equipment. The two have signed a definitive agreement for Rs.1,120.70 crore ($240 million). The market is expected to grow 35 per cent annually from Rs.5,603.52 crore ($1.2 billion) in 2009 to Rs.25,682.82 crore ($5.5 billion) in 2014, according to Infonetics research.


Broadcom buys femtocell chip maker

Source: Mark LaPedus, October 27 2010, EETimes

Broadcom Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Percello Ltd., a privately-held company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for femtocells, for $86 million in cash. With the move, Broadcom enters into an emerging market. Femtocells are small, low power cellular base stations that extend coverage indoors where signals are weak. Percello, an Israeli fabless semiconductor company, recently demonstrated its femtocell chip--the PRC6100. The PRC6100 is said to maximizes digital integration on a single chip to deliver the lowest cost and greatest security available for an HSPA+ femtocell. The chip contains high speed MIPS24Kc CPU, peripherals, femtocell L1 engine (FLE) and embedded DDR memory. The PRC6100 is compliant with 3GPP HNB specs. It supports at least eight users and offers HSPA+ data rates of 21.6 Mbps downstream and 5.76 Mbps upstream.


Vehicles to have prepaid chip for toll payments

Source: iGovernment, October 27 2010

The government will soon make it mandatory for all vehicles to have radio frequency identification (RFID) cards that will be used to make road toll payments, Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath said. "Within 18 months we will ensure that RFID is being installed in every vehicle. It will be like a chip that you use for mobile phone. You charge it with whatever amount you want and make the payment when required," Nath said at the annual Economic Editors' Conference here.


The brains behind the smartphones

Source: Nick Clark, The Independent, October 27 2010

Christmas lists bound for Lapland this year are likely to include their fair share of gadgets, from the latest smartphones to tablet computers. But few of those who hope to unwrap a new iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy Tab on 25 December realise that these desirable devices depend on technology developed in Britain. The UK semiconductor industry has enjoyed strong growth in recent years and yesterday one of the industry's leading lights, ARM Holdings, reported strong profit growth. The group, whose designs can be found in smartphones from Apple and HTC to BlackBerry and Nokia, saw its profits rise 86 per cent from £64.5m to £119.9m. Warren East, the chief executive, said expectations at the business were "continually rising" and added: "We are reporting record revenues and record volumes."


Five good, five bad signs for IC market

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, October 27 2010

We are in the fourth quarter and the outlook is cloudy for the rest of 2010 and heading into 2011. Here are some good and bad signs for the electronics industry:
Goods signs
Bill Jewell, an analyst for Semiconductor Intelligence LLC, said: ''2010 will be a strong year, with growth over 30 percent according to most recent forecasts. Growth is expected to slow down significantly in 2011 and 2012, despite a continuing recovery in the world economy. In their June forecasts, WSTS and SIA forecast growth to slow to about 6 percent in 2011 and 3 percent to 4 percent in 2012. Recent forecasts from Gartner and iSuppli call for 2011 growth of about 5 percent and 2012 growth of less than 2 percent. We at Semiconductor Intelligence believe these forecasts are too conservative. Semiconductor Intelligence forecasts 2011 growth of 9 percent and 2012 growth of 8 percent. These growth rates are consistent with a continued economic recovery (primarily driven by emerging economies).''


Bharti, Aircel keen to buy Qualcomm biz

Source: Joji Thomas Philip, The Economic Times, October 28 2010

Bharti Airtel and Aircel Cellular are interested in buying the yet-to-be-launched Indian wireless broadband business of Qualcomm, industry executives said, an indication that the scales are tilting in favour of the wireless technology being championed by the US-based cellphone chip maker. Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile phone company, is primarily interested in Qualcomm’s airwaves and permits for Delhi, complementing the 3G frequencies it won in the circle earlier this year, the executives said. Aircel, a unit of Malaysia’s Maxis Communications and the country’s seventh-biggest operator, has shown interest in the Mumbai and Kerala circles.


Karnataka's IT exports to top Rs 90,000 crore this fiscal: CM

Source: The Economic Times, October 28 2010

Karnataka is on course to achieve IT exports of Rs 90,000 crore in the current fiscal, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said in Bangalore while announcing an investment promotion subsidy to give a push to semiconductor industry. Addressing 'Bangalore IT.Biz', an annual, state-sponsored technology event, he said the state registered IT exports worth Rs 38,000 crore in the first six months of the current fiscal. "We are confident of reaching Rs 90,000 crore IT exports (for the entire 2010-11)," Yeddyurappa said.

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