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ISA WINWire August 5 -12 2011


Startups set sights on Berlin as technology hub

Source: Kalina Oroschakoff, Reuters, August 5 2011

Drawn by creative talent and a young, international workforce, entrepreneurs are increasingly choosing Berlin as a launching pad for internet start-ups, companies and industry observers say. While none of Germany's top 30 companies are based in the city, its low costs and highly qualified labor pool have laid the groundwork for what many hope could develop into Europe's technology hub. "Berlin is currently the hottest city in the European startup scene," Matthias Schrader, chief executive of SinnerSchrader one of Europe's biggest digital media agencies and chairman of the annual "Next" conference, told Reuters.

ISA names new president

Source: CIOL, August 8 2011

India Semiconductor Association (ISA), today announced the appointment of PVG Menon as the new president of the association. He brings with him an excellent combination of domain knowledge, focus towards membership promotion and a flair for industry relevant research, said a press release. In the role, Menon would be responsible for overseeing the operations of ISA and will work as a member of its Executive Council on strategic issues related to the growth of the semiconductor and the electronics industry in India.

We don’t have huge downturns, says Walden Rhines, CEO, Mentor Graphics

Source: Chiranjoy Sen, The Economic Times, August 8 2011

Electronic design automation firms facilitate innovation by designers of chips and systems. Software tools created by an EDA firms help chip designers to be either more innovative or apply new technology. Walden Rhines, chairman and CEO, Mentor Graphics, a global leader in EDA products, was in India recently to talk growth and innovation with India in focus. Before joining Mentor Graphics, Rhines was executive vice-president of Texas Instruments' Semiconductor Group, in charge of the semiconductor business with $5 billion in revenues and over 30,000 people. Having been part of the team that started TI operations in India back in 1985, he is acknowledged a guru when it comes to the EDA space. Since conversations these days inevitably start with slowdown talk, we also kicked off with slump analysis. Says Rhines: "The semiconductor industry has gone through a slump and there is a possible slowdown. But the good news is that our revenue tends to track the chip design R&D growth. Semiconductor R&D has only declined in three years across history. In other years, it has been either flat or growing. The simple reason is that even in the most severe recession, firms develop new products because they become obsolete fast. So in a downturn, we do feel the effect but it is mild.

Altera named one of the world's top 100 most innovative companies by Forbes magazine- one of only two semiconductor companies to make the list of leading global innovators

Source: PRNewswire, August 9 2011

Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced it was named by Forbes magazine as one of the world's most innovative companies. The list is a ranking of the top 100 leading-edge corporations that are driving innovation and includes companies from every market sector. Altera was one of only two semiconductor companies to make the list. (Logo: The rankings, which appear on and in the August 8 issue of Forbes magazine, are based on an eight-year study by Harvard Business School professor and "master of disruptive innovation" Clayton M. Christensen, along with colleagues Jeff Dyer, a professor at Brigham Young University, and Hal B. Gregersen, a professor of leadership at the Institut Europeen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD). Altera was recognized for its culture of innovation that drives the company's success.

IBM India announces $2.5 lakh SUR awards

Source: CIOL, August 9 2011

IBM today announced its Shared University Research (SUR) awards for different Smarter Planet projects in collaboration with five leading educational institutes of India - IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, College of Engineering Pune (CoEP), Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) and PSG Tech, Coimbatore. The award, totaling USD 250,000, will include technical collaboration with IBM experts, access to IBM software and high performance computing required for the successful completion of projects related to healthcare and education, said a press release.

Technology investors turn wary on ventures

Source: Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times, August 9 2011

Even as Wall Street trembles, the market for investing in tech start-ups remains white-hot. Still, some investors are proceeding with extreme caution. Saying they learned their lesson in the dot-com boom and bust, and the 2008 recession, the institutional investors — pension funds, university endowments and foundations — that put money in venture capital funds are more selectively choosing the firms in which they invest, doing exhaustive research before handing over money, and in some cases driving hard bargains for more favorable management fees and shares of profits. Though most say they remain bullish on venture capital, they know that as the limited partners, they would be the ones to feel the pain if a bubble bursts. After all, they put up most of the money.

TCS and SMU sign an agreement to set up iCity Lab at SMU

Source: IBEF, August 11 2011

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading information technology (IT) services, business solutions and consulting firm, and Singapore Management University (SMU) have announced the establishment of the TCS-SMU iCity Lab. The lab would be located at SMU. Initially, TCS will directly invest S$ 6 million (US$ 4.94 million) in the intelligent city - iCity - Lab over the next three years. The iCity Lab will be located within SMU’s School of Information Systems (SIS), and will draw on faculty from SIS and from the other parts of SMU. The collaboration agreement states that both the organisations are partnering to form a new research facility to develop industry standards and IT frameworks for the emerging iCity model of urban development. The investment would also include providing scholarship funds for SMU post-graduate students in Information Systems Technology & Management, and research funds for SMU faculty.

Infotech signs pact with IIT-H

Source: The Hindu Business Line, August 11 2011

Infotech Enterprises Ltd has signed an agreement with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-H) to facilitate the institute's students to get exposure to live projects and scope to get internships. Infotech would also help in designing the curriculum for under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in order to enable the institute align with industry requirements, according to Mr B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of Infotech Enterprises. The agreement, signed by Mr Mohan Reddy and Prof. U.B. Desai, Director of IIT, would help Infotech and IIT to conduct joint research and development and consultancy projects. The event was held on Wednesday at Infotech's Manikonda facility.

TSMC chairman to receive IEEE medal of honor

Source: CNA English News, August 11 2011

The chairman and CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Morris Chang, is to be awarded the 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Medal of Honor for his contributions to the world's semiconductor industry, the IEEE said Thursday. Describing Chang as a pioneer in the integrated circuit sector, the IEEE said his "visionary leadership shaped the technology policy for an entire nation and revolutionized how the semiconductor industry does business around the world." According to the IEEE, which bills itself as "the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology," the medal, which is sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, represents the IEEE's highest honor. It will be presented to Chang in San Francisco Aug. 20.

ASIX Electronics buys MosChip assets

Source: D&R, August 11 2011

ASIX Electronics Corp. recently announced it has acquired the business line of I/O connectivity, including all assets and intellectual property rights, from India-based MosChip Semiconductor Technology Ltd. The acquisition enhances ASIX's portfolio of embedded networking and connectivity products by adding single, multi-port Serial, Parallel, Ethernet, VGA, and IrDA connectivity for various computer and peripheral equipment with PCI Express (PCIe), Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) and USB host interface.

Asian contract manufacturers eye design services

Source: Lavanya Rammohan, EETimes, August 11 2011

Contract manufacturers are playing a key role in enabling new manufacturing approaches through collaboration with OEMs. The launch of revolutionary products such as the iPhone rocked the electronics world and again brought the value of product design to the forefront. As demand grows for sleeker, thinner and faster products, product design will be crucial for achieving competitive advantage. Hence, OEMs are focusing on the next disruptive technology and product design that will shake up existing product platforms and propel companies past their rivals.

Global mobile connections to hit 5.6 bn in 2011

Source: CIOL, August 4 2011

Worldwide mobile connections will reach 5.6 billion in 2011, up 11 per cent from 5 billion connections in 2010, according to information technology research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. The research also projected the mobile data services revenue to total $314.7 billion in 2011, a 22.5 per cent increase from 2010 revenue of $257 billion. "Mobile data traffic will increase significantly as more people will have access to mobile data networks, there is a migration toward smartphones and an increase in sales of media tablets," said Jessica Ekholm, principal research analyst at Gartner.

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