ISA WINWire September 12 - 17 2010


Special purpose vehicle to boost hardware manufacturing mooted

Source: Moumita Bakshi Chatterjee, The Hindu Business Line, September 11 2010

India Semiconductor Association – an umbrella body of 140 electronic system design and manufacturing companies – has crafted a proposal for creation of an industry-Government Special Purpose Vehicle company that would galvanise investments in electronics sector and work towards transforming India into a manufacturing hub. This assumes significance in the backdrop of the report by a 13-member taskforce last year, cautioning that India could be staring at a demand-supply gap of $296 billion in electronics sector by 2020, unless it practically doubles the annual production growth rates to 31 per cent.


Govt plans Rs 5,000-cr fund to boost electronic manufacturing

Source: Kirtika Suneja, The Business Standard, September 11 2010

Aiming to promote the electronics manufacturing industry in the country, the Department of Information Technology (DIT) plans to set up a dedicated fund with an initial corpus of Rs 5,000 crore. Other than addressing the issues of Indian Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the fund is expected to boost innovation, research and development (R&D) activities in the domestic hardware manufacturing industry. This is for the first time that the government plans to set up such a fund to give a fillip to the manufacturing industry.


Taiwan keen to tap Indian electronics, auto parts sectors

Source: The Hindu Business Line, September 13 2010

India is the next major market of focus for Taiwanese companies in the electronic, machinery and auto component sectors. While the Taiwan Formosa Industrial Park in the SEZ at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh (ground breaking function for this was held on Thursday) is a major boost in this direction, a couple of Taiwanese companies are planning joint ventures in India , according to Ms Maggie Liu, Manager, Exhibition Department, Taiwan External Trade Development Council.


New chip to power nextgen super smartphones

Source:, September 13 2010

You seem to think your iPad is pretty cool? Wait for a new chip that will help make even more advanced generation of 'super smartphones'. ARM Holdings, the UK microchip unit behind the success of Apple's mobile devices, said its new chip, code-named Eagle, would allow Apple and other mobile phone makers, to create phones with five times the "brain power" of current models, reports IANS.


Indo-China telecom tensions easing?

Source: EETimes, September 13 2010

Reservations about allowing the use of Chinese telecom equipment in the Indian market, prompted by security concerns, have abated for now. Indian security agencies have long worried about allowing Chinese telecom equipment to be installed in Indian networks, warning that domestic communications could be monitored via spyware, leading to security breaches. In recent days, however, China's Huawei has won a major deal while ZTE has reported a 50 percent increase in Indian sales this year. Growing commerce in telecom equipment between the regional rivals has prompted some observers to conclude that a de facto ban on Chinese telecom equipment has been lifted.


The OTN Revolution and the emergence of the P-OTP

Source: Sanjeev Keskar and Mark Orthodoxou, Telecom & Networking Communications Today, September 13 2010

Transport networks worldwide are steadily evolving from a pure SDH-centric infrastructure to one that better supports packet traffic. The drivers for packet growth, which in turn drive this architecture transition in the transport network, are numerous, but certainly include the need to transport dramatically increasing amounts of mobile data, residential video, and enterprise data traffic.


Winners of Semiconductor Research Corporation Awards named best at helping to enable future generations of chip technology

Source: EDA Café, September 15 2010

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced the top professors in chip research for 2010. Selected by SRC’s 12 member companies and the SRC staff, the faculty and research teams are honored for their exemplary impact on semiconductor productivity through cultivation of technology and talent. The awards were presented during SRC’s annual TECHCON technology conference that features next-generation research progress among hundreds of university students, faculty and industry experts.


LSI to double its India headcount

Source: Times of India, September 15 2010

LSI Corp, the $2.2 billion semiconductor company,has said it will double its engineering strength in India in three years. The company currently has 1,074 engineers in India,740 of that in Bangalore and the rest in Pune. That's about a quarter of the company's global engineering strength. On Tuesday, LSI opened a new 3 lakh sq ft facility in Bangalore that can accommodate 1,400 people. Jeff Richardson, head of LSI's semiconductor solutions group, who was in Bangalore, said the Indian operations had started in 2004 doing software and integrated circuit work, but was increasingly now doing systems and architectural work.


Aart De Geus: Technomic engine gaining traction

Source: Chiranjoy Sen, The Economic Times, September 15 2010

AART de Geus, CEO of Synopsys a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) space has seen several economic ups and downs the last two-and-a-half decades he has been in business. This time around, he is optimistic that the world economy will ride out this recession too and that chip firms will play a major role. A techie, who has lifted Synopsys from a startup to a top-drawer technology firm, de Geus reckons it is neither technology nor economics but a combo of the two called technomics that is shaping future trends.


Karnataka all set to unveil hardware, animation policies

Source: Times of India, September 15 2010

Karnataka government will unveil exclusive policies for electronic hardware and animation sectors. Also in the making is a revised edition of information and communication technologies (ICT) policy. All these policies are expected to be released at 2010,the state's annual tech exposition.


National Innovation Council aims to set up $1-billion fund

Source: Business Standard, September 15 2010

The newly constituted National Innovation Council (NIC) headed by Sam Pitroda, aims to have a $1-billion (around Rs 4,600 crore) fund to promote new ideas for inclusive development and innovation in the country. “Our objective is to setup a $1-billion fund for the NIC but how big it will be depends on how the market reacts and how much money we are able to raise. We want to see if we can set up a large fund,” Pitroda, advisor to the PM, told Business Standard.


The great gamble

Source: Nandita Datta , Business Outlook, September 16 2010

The year was 1985 and the India IT story had not yet been written. Wipro had taken a few baby steps in offshoring; Infosys was yet to open its first international office; IBM hadn’t yet re-entered India post its unceremonious exit in 1978; and Accenture was the IT consulting arm of accounting firm Arthur Andersen. But in faraway Dallas, at the headquarters of semiconductor giant Texas Instruments (TI), the call of India was strong enough to merit the setting up of an offshore centre in Bangalore, a city known more for its salubrious climate than any technological prowess.


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