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ISA WINWire August 26 - September 2 2011


The microprocessor at 40--The birth of electronics

Source: Jack Ganssle, EETimes, August 29 2011

The 4004 spawned the age of ubiquitous and cheap computing. The 4004 spawned the age of ubiquitous and cheap computing. "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten." —Bill Gates. If one human generation represents 20 years, as many sources suggest, two entire generations have been born into a world that has always had microprocessors. Two generations never knew a world where computers were rare and so expensive only large corporations or governments owned them. These same billions of people have no experience of a world where the fabric of electronics was terribly expensive and bulky, where a hand-held device could do little more than tune in AM radio stations.

Freescale targets emerging automotive OEMs in BRIC regions

Source: Phil Ling, EETimes, August 30 2011

Using its Tower development system, Freescale has introduced a MEMS development package that targets smaller OEMs targeting the automotive market, particularly in the emerging BRIC regions of China and India, where it believes there is greater opportunity for new companies to penetrate the fiercely competitive market. The company stated that by using its modular Tower system it is better able to support the large number of companies entering the market. The system will initially support Freescale’s low G inertia sensors and accelerometers, while other MEMS sensors such as barometric pressure sensors will be supported soon. The package also comes with software support, which includes low level drivers for the sensors.

I.B.M. to buy Algorithmics for $387 Million

Source: Jay Mallin, Stephen Joynt, The New York Times, September 1 2011

The data deals keep coming. I.B.M. announced on Thursday that it was buying Algorithmics, a risk analytics company, for $387 million, expanding its services for financial institutions. It is the latest acquisition in the data analysis sector. Last month, Hewlett-Packard agreed to pay $11.7 billion for Autonomy, a British company that searches and keeps track of corporate and government information. I.B.M. has been particularly active in the area, making $14 billion worth of acquisitions in the last five years. In 2009, the company paid $1.2 billion for SPSS, which makes statistical software. The same year it also bought Ounce, whose software allows companies to assess risks in their programming code. On Wednesday, I.B.M. announced a deal to purchase the data analysis company i2. With Algorithmics, I.B.M. is pushing further into financial services. The company’s client list includes 25 of the top 30 banks, among them HSBC, Nomura and Société Générale.

Mentor Graphics to expand India operations

Source: K.C. Krishnadas, TechOnline, September 1 2011

Mentor Graphics is to expand the scale and nature of its existing operations in India, where it has 3 development sites – in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Noida. "Each of the three sites specializes in a particular activity. In Noida, for instance, we have the core expertise in the company for RTL compilation, emulation software and the auto generation of verification software while Hyderabad is the center for our automotive thrust and takes the lead in solutions for cabling, wire harnesses, the enterprise tools that automotive companies use," said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO, Mentor Graphics. “We are looking at expansion of our facilities in India but I cannot speak about it now. We can grow and will probably add new areas of competency as well,” he said during a recent visit to this country. Mentor currently has 400 staff in Indiaand the likely expansion of its facilities in this country, apart from increased recruitment, also means that the influence its Indian operations will have on its global footprint is slated to rise.

Indian lighting systems set to boom

Source: EETimes, September 2 2011

Frost & Sullivan Inc. offers clients unique insights on emerging business model in the Indian lighting system market. The market for lighting systems in India is estimated at Rs.7,800 crore in the year 2010, and has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12 per cent between 2005 and 2010. Though the market was hit by the economic recession in 2009-10, it is anticipated to reach Rs.16,500 crore by 2017 at a CAGR of about 14 per cent. The Indian lighting system market accounts for 2 per cent of the global lighting system market and 7 per cent at the Asia-pacific level currently. Incandescent technology remained a key lighting source till the late 1990s. Though only some of the state governments in India have replaced incandescent lamps with fluorescent and light-emitting diode (LED) lighting systems, incandescent lamps (ICL) are expected to become obsolete by the year 2020.

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