ISA WINWire October 29 - November 5 2010


Electronics can drive inclusive growth in India: expert

Source: Silicon India, October 28 2010

Electronic goods and services can drive inclusive growth in India by providing affordable healthcare, education, water management and energy, a top industry expert said Thursday. "Electronics can also contribute to inclusive growth by impacting affordable healthcare, education connectivity, water management and energy sources," Texas Instruments (TI) India managing director Biswadip Mitra said. The US-based global design and chip major (TI) was the first multinational to set up its research and development (R&D) centre with its own dedicated satellite link in this tech hub 25 years ago.


India’s semicon policy to be revised soon

Source: Deccan Herald, October 28 2010

The Department of Information Technology (DIT) is likely to revise the semiconductor policy of 2007, to foster the growth of the semicon industry in the country. This was hinted by Department of Information Technology Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma while addressing a session on “MSME’s the growth drivers for Indian IT,” on the first day of 2010. “We have to have a revised and more forceful scheme for the semi-conductor industry with more incentives and support,” Sharma said. Further he added that India has limited number of semiconductor manufacturing facilities and research and development activity in this segment is in the nascent stage.


Moser Baer India awarded MNRE grant for the development of an innovative CIGS solar cell technology

Source: Equity Bulls, October 28 2010

Moser Baer India (MBI) has been awarded a grant by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to engage in the developmental activity of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) solar cells. MBI will conduct the development work from its world class Corporate R&D facility at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Owing to its high efficiency and cost effectiveness, CIGS based thin film solar cell technology is likely to emerge as one of the most promising solar cells. The focus of this R&D project is to develop a differentiated, indigenous, commercially viable technology based on core competencies of Moser Baer.


Yale University signs MoU with IIM Kozhikode, IIT Kanpur

Source: Tech@Edu, October 28 2010

Yale University, USA ,Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Kozhikode, and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Kanpur have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance higher education in India. A MoU was signed between Dr. Richard Levin, President of Yale University, Dr. Debashis Chatterjee, Director of IIM – Kozhihode, and Dr. Sanjay Dhande, Director of IIT – Kanpur in the presence of Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development and Smt. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for HRD.


IC industry to enjoy modest 5.1% growth in 2011

Source: Dylan McGrath, EE Times, October 29 2010

Chip sales are forecast to grow to Rs.14.82 lakh crore ($317.4 billion) in 2011 from Rs.14.10 lakh crore ($302 billion) sales expected in 2010, according to iSuppli Corp. Market research firm iSuppli Corp. says that the semiconductor industry will enjoy a "soft landing" in 2011, with modest 5.1 per cent growth, following a booming 2010. Analysts at iSuppli expect the semiconductor market will continue growing next year because of ongoing recovery in the global economy and electronics market, and chip market sales are projected to grow sequentially in each quarter of 2011.


Intel to fab FPGAs for startup Achronix

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, October 31 2010

Intel Corp. will lend its semiconductor process technology muscle to build FPGAs for programmable logic startup Achronix Semiconductor Corp. at 22-nm and beyond under the terms of a strategic agreement between the two companies announced Monday (Nov. 1). Executives from Achronix (San Jose, Calif.) said the deal would not only help the company bring 22-nm FPGAs to market faster than programmable logic market leaders Xilinx Inc. and Altera Corp., but also give the startup a leg up in 15-nm and future technology nodes.


Firms get time till Dec to avail of semiconductor policy incentives

Source: Priyanka Pulla & Surabhi Agarwal, Livemint, October 31 2010

Companies that proposed to set up units to manufacture semiconductors, solar cells and other advanced technology products under the Indian semiconductor policy, which expired March-end after receiving a cold response from investors, have been given time until 31 December to tie up finances for the projects. The Department of Information Technology (DIT) received 26 project proposals involving a total investment of Rs2.29 trillion under the so-called Special Incentive Package Scheme (SIPS) unveiled in 2007, but only six have so far been able to demonstrate financial viability, officials said.


Open-Silicon expands presence in India with new soc and systems solution center

Source: Global Print Monitor, November 1 2010

Open-Silicon, Inc., a leading ASIC design and semiconductor manufacturing company, announced today that it has opened an office in Pune, India to meet the increasing demand for derivative SoCs and platform solutions. The Pune facility is the second for Open-Silicon in India; the Open-Silicon Bangalore facility is now in its seventh year of successful operations. The new Pune engineering center will focus on system architecture, RTL design and design verification as well as take a leading role in providing emulation, validation and embedded software solutions for SoC platform customers.


Global manufacturing shows signs of strength

Source: Reuters, David Milliken and Edward Krudy, November 1 2010

Manufacturing growth in India and China powered ahead last month and U.S. industry also picked up steam, according to data on Monday that suggested the global economic recovery may be on firmer footing. Two surveys of Chinese executives showed broad-based strength in the manufacturing sector, helping to lift natural resource stocks and commodity prices as investors anticipated strong demand from the world's second-largest economy.


Cloudy days ahead for electronics industry

Source: Mark LaPedus, EE Times, EETimes, November 2 2010

The year 2010 is almost over, and a mixed bag of fortune favours the electronic industry for the remaining months, heading into 2011. Here are five good and five bad signs for the electronics industry:
On the upside
1. Bill Jewell, an analyst for Semiconductor Intelligence LLC, said: "2010 will be a strong year, with growth over 30 per cent 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 per cent in 2011 and 3 per cent to 4 per cent in 2012. Recent forecasts from Gartner and iSuppli call for 2011 growth of about 5 per cent and 2012 growth of less than 2 per cent. We at Semiconductor Intelligence believe these forecasts are too conservative. Semiconductor Intelligence forecasts 2011 growth of 9 per cent and 2012 growth of 8 per cent. These growth rates are consistent with a continued economic recovery (primarily driven by emerging economies)."


India to tailor policy for semicon investment

Source: CIOL, November 2 2010

Government of India is eagerly looking for investment from semiconductor companies to set up world-class wafer fabrication plants in the country and for that the government is ready to offer large subsidy and tailor a policy as per the need of investors. “We are willing to offer large subsidies to people who want to set up world-class fab here. People have to come forward. If fine tuning of the policy will be required, then we will do that,” said Prithvi Raj Chavan, Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office to CIOL on the sidelines of an event in Greater Noida.


Firm buys iSuppli

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, November 2 2010

Research firm IHS Inc. (Englewood, Colo.) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire iSuppli Corp. SAN JOSE, Calif. - Research firm IHS Inc. (Englewood, Colo.) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire iSuppli Corp. “This acquisition is an excellent complement to the existing IHS Product Design and Supply Chain business, and further builds our position as a key information provider in the electronics, manufacturing and supply chain markets,” said IHS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jerre Stead, in a statement. “Combined with the IHS electronic components information business, and our global commodity and economic outlooks, customers will have access to a full suite of robust information services across the entire electronics value chain.”


Practical return on effort impel serial entrepreneurs

Source: SiliconIndia, November 3 2010

62 percent of serial entrepreneurs see it as a top priority to get a practical return on time or money spent - a value that is viewed as primary by only 38 percent of U.S. adults, says a study by TTI Performance Systems named 'Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Serial Entrepreneur?' The fact that it is not just small businesses, but startup businesses in particular have long been the engines of job creation, making entrepreneurs crucial drivers in the race to put people back to work, has made it urgent that the strategy for stimulating global economic growth should include reliable ways to identify those individuals who have the characteristics to succeed at building a viable business. And serial entrepreneurs are those who have created more than one successful business which employs others.


Intel to acquire Dresden LTE firm

Source: Peter Clarke, November 3 2010

Infineon's wireless business unit, which is in the process of being acquired by Intel Corp., is taking over Blue Wonder Communications GmbH, a specialist in LTE communications. Blue Wonder (Dresden, Germany) was founded in 2008 and provides LTE intellectual property. The company concluded a funding round in 2009, and the 50-person company claims to have orders for its technology.


Hybrid startups: The new growth crop

Source: Rick Merritt, EETimes, November 3 2010

A new crop of hybrid startups are on the rise, applying innovations in social, mobile, cloud and open source technology to business computing. That was the message from venture capitalists and corporate executives at the FasTech conference here. "I think we're going to have a great couple years in the tech sector with plenty of opportunities for disruption," said Jim Goetz, partner at Sequoia Capital.


Samsung set to invest Rs 350 cr in Chennai plant

Source: The Financial Express, November 4 2010

Samsung India Electronics would invest an additional Rs 350 crore in its manufacturing plant near Chennai for expanding its capacity of colour television sets (CTVs), washing machines, monitors, and flat panels. The plant would also manufacture new products such as mobile phones/parts/components, consumer electronics and durables among others. The company signed a fresh letter of intent with the Tamil Nadu government in the presence of deputy chief minister M K Stalin.


Decline in corporate R&D Spending during 2009 downturn

Source: SiliconIndia, November 4 2010

Total R&D spending among the world's top spenders on innovation dropped in 2009 for the first time in the 13 years studied, according to a study by Booz named 2010 Global Innovation 1000. The study discovered that the 1,000 companies that exhausted most on research and development dwindled their total R&D spending by 3.5 percent to $503 billion in 2009. This went after a relatively strong 2008 during which R&D spending sustained to grow despite the recession. At the same time, revenues for the Innovation 1000 plunged 11 percent in 2008 than 2009 - nearly three times the rate of decline in R&D spending. As a result R&D spending as a percentage of revenue actually increased.


London's East End to become next Silicon Valley

Source: Phil Ling, EETimes, November 4 2010

Prime Minister, David Cameron is to address a group of technology companies today (November 4th) to outline his vision to turn London's East End in to a hotbed of high-tech entrepreneurial activity. There are reports that Intel, Facebook and Google have already expressed their interest in investing in the area. The plan is to build on the infrastructure being put in place for the 2012 Olympics. Extracts from Cameron's address predict he will announce 'we are firmly on the side of the high-growth, highly innovative companies of the future'.

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