ISA WINWire December 10 – December 17 2010


Google and NXP enter into a strategic collaboration

Source: India Infoline News Service, December 7 2010

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a strategic collaboration with GoogleTM to provide a complete open source software stack for Near Field Communications (NFC). The NFC stack will be fully integrated and validated on Gingerbread, the latest version of the AndroidTM platform. Google also integrated NXP’s NFC controller (PN544) into its newly launched Nexus STM phone, co-developed by Google and Samsung, offering users access to compelling NFC based services and applications. These game-changing moves immediately bring the richness of NFC to the consumer and developer and device manufacturing communities around the world.


ISA electronics delegation to UK

Source: EFY Times, December 10 2010

ISA, the apex trade body representing the Indian semiconductor and electronics industry in collaboration with UK Trade & Investment, (UKTI - the UK Government organization) is taking a high level business delegation to UK from December 7 -10. The twin objectives of this delegation are creating a larger visibility for the Indian electronics industry and showcasing areas of collaboration between the two countries.


Gartner: Worldwide semiconductor market to grow 4.6%

Source: MacNews, December 10 2010

As the semiconductor industry completes one of its most successful years in 2010, the market is positioned for continued, albeit slower, growth in 2011, according to the latest outlook by the Gartner research group ( Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total US$314 billion in 2011, up 4.6%t from 2010's estimated revenue of $300.3 billion. Worldwide semiconductor revenue is on pace to grow 31.5% in 2010, as the industry is expected to surpass the $300 billion mark for the first time in its history. However, a modest chip correction began in the third quarter of 2010, and Gartner analysts estimate it's going to last four quarters.


Altera named best financially managed semiconductor company by the GSA

Source: EDA Café News, December 10 2010

Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) today announced it was named the "Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company" by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). Altera was presented with the award at the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration held December 9 in Santa Clara, Calif. The GSA Awards Dinner Celebration recognizes semiconductor companies that have demonstrated excellence through their success, vision, strategy and future opportunities in the industry.


Winners announced for 2010 TV Innovation Awards

Source: TV Innovation Awards 2010, December 10 2010

IMS Research is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 TV Innovation Awards. The second annual TV Innovation Awards took place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA as part of TV 3.0 – Innovations in TV & Content Delivery on December 7th, 2010. The TV Innovation Awards honor the most groundbreaking companies in the television space shaping the future of the medium in 14 different categories. In addition, IMS Research presented the 2010 Innovator of the Year Award to the company making the biggest impact on the television viewing experience.


10 CEOs who made a difference in 2010

Source: EETimes, December 13 2010

In a big bounce back year for electronics, 10 CEOs stood out for gutsy moves and strong leadership. After a year of hunkering down and fighting for survival, many individuals and companies in the electronics industry have bounced back in 2010, some more emphatically than others. The bounce-backs have revived by being more bold and aggressive than usual. They weren't afraid of taking risks and trying new things. They also applied more discipline and a sharper focus on their products, technology developments, and— here's an idea!—customers. We have picked 10 top CEOs whom we believe made a difference in 2010. Many made gutsy moves intended to change the game in the marketplace, and, in some cases, altered the stagnant culture within their own companies.


India unveils national broadband plan

Source: Kariyatil Krishnadas, December 13 2010

A proposed National Broadband Plan would substantially increase broadband penetration in India from the current 300,000 connections. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, India has fallen short by half of its targeted 20 million broadband connections by the year’s end. “Therefore, there is an urgent need to facilitate rapid growth of broadband,” the authority stated.


Andhra flooded with solar power projects

Source: Arvind Sen, iGovernment, December 13 2010

Andhra Pradesh seems to be catching up faster with states like Maharashtra and Gujarat which have taken lead in implementing several solar and wind power projects. In Andhra several private developers have shown keen interest by proposing 1,184 megawatts (MW) worth of solar power projects in the state. Of which 969 MW will be from solar photovoltaic (SPV) power and 215 MW from concentrating solar thermal power (CSP), Vice Chairman of the state-operated Non-Conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NEDCAP) Chandra Mitra informed.


Mentor chief sees system design as main challenge

Source: Kariyatil Krishnadas, EETimes, December 13 2010

System design will pose the main challenge to the EDA industry as a whole in the decade starting 2011, according to Mentor Graphics Corp. Chairman and CEO Walden Rhines, who added that his firm is amongst the better prepared EDA vendors to address this. Speaking at the annual Mentor international users meet here, Rhines said the 2000-2010 decade saw the largest growth areas being in design for manufacturing (DFM) and electronic system level (ESL) segments.


Radical change as semi industry moves to 'fab-tight' model

Source: David Manners,, December 14 2010

The semiconductor industry is going through a radical change – instead of building new capacity in advance of demand, it now builds capacity which lags demand. This will have a major, fundamental change on the way the industry operates, asserted Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons at the company’s Industry Forecast Seminar 2010 in London this morning. "The industry is now into ‘fab-tight’ mode," said Penn, "we’re no longer building capacity in advance of demand."


Imagination buys ray tracing firm for $27M

Source: Rick Merritt, EETimes, December 14 2010

Imagination Technologies Group plc has signed a definitive agreement to acquire for $27 million in cash Caustic Graphics Inc., a developer of real-time ray tracing graphics. Ray tracing has long been seen as an emerging technology for high-end graphics and represents a new arrow in Imagination's quiver as it battles with graphics cores from rival ARM Ltd. Ray tracing, called the Holy Grail in graphics by analysts, is a technique for rendering 3-D images with complex lighting models to achieve photographic realism. Caustic (San Francisco) claimed in March 2009 it had a hardware accelerator that could lower the cost of ray tracing and merge the lighting models with traditional polygon-based graphics rendering.


Altera buys optical transport network IP firm

Source: Dylan McGrath, December 14 2010 2010

Programmable logic vendor Altera Corp. said Tuesday (Dec. 14) it acquired optical transport network (OTN) IP provider Avalon Microelectronics Inc. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Altera (San Jose, Calif.) said the acquisition expands its portfolio of customizable IP solutions for OTN applications, supporting data rates at 1.2G, 2.5G and 10G, as well as 40G and 100G.


U.S. pushes India to lift solar import restrictions

Source: Amol Sharma, The Wall Street Journal, December 15 2010 2010

U.S. government officials and companies are pushing India to remove its restrictions on imports of solar technology, regulations they say threaten to cut American firms out of a promising market as India embarks on a major rollout of solar power. On a recent trip here, President Barack Obama noted the potential for the U.S. and India to deepen collaboration in alternative energy. India's solar program, which aims to spend tens of billions of dollars to subsidize the generation of 20,000 megawatts of power by 2022—one of the most ambitious solar projects in the world—was expected to jump-start that collaboration.


Engineering placements line up top salaries

Source: EETimes, December 15 2010 2010

In a recent report by Economic Times, IIT Kharagpur bragged that its student received the highest offer of the season so far—a Rs.60 lakh ($135,000) compensation package for a US-based position by Facebook. Does this signal the end of recession and a return of buoyancy to the market? EE Times-India contacted a few engineering institutes for their views. The article reported that six days into the process, the IIT placement season has seen top salaries jump between 40 per cent and 172 per cent and average salaries go up between 15 per cent and 30 per cent over last year. Placement officials say that going by the rush of recruiters, the number of foreign offers may show a two to threefold increase over last year. The number of recruiters and offers have already surpassed last year's figures.


Gartner: Semiconductor industry had a great year

Source: Gabriel Perna, International Business Times, December 16 2010 2010

A recent report says an increased spending on semiconductor equipment exemplified the industry's impressive recovery in 2010. The report, from research company Gartner, says spending on semiconductor equipment is on pace to reach $38.4 billion in 2010, a 131.2 percent increase from 2009 spending of $16.6 billion. The recovery comes after two straight years of decline. 2009 was a 46 percent from 2008, which was a 32 percent decline from 2007. "There was a pent up demand for semiconductors," Dean Freeman, vice president of research at Gartner said. "Plus the economy rebounded sharply, not just in the U.S., but worldwide. Certain incentives China put into place led the explosion of LED TVs, iPads and 3G phones. That created the need for advanced semiconductor processor technology to move forward and as a result we saw a dynamic rebound on the processor side."


Global semiconductor companies turn to India for growth

Source: Knowledge@Wharton, December 16 2010 2010

Twenty-five years ago, Texas Instruments (TI) spotted India's rich talent pool and became the first multinational technology firm to establish a research and development center in India. The operation started small, creating software to automate chip design, but has grown to become the company's largest R&D center outside the United States, designing chips end-to-end. In recent years, TI has looked to India with new eyes -- as a market for its products. It has opened several sales and support offices, even in such smaller cities as Nashik (in Maharashtra) and Coimbatore (in Tamil Nadu). "We see India as a big growth market," says Biswadip (Bobby) Mitra, president and managing director, TI India. "It has important top management attention, and we are betting big on it."


Investors shun chips in Silicon Valley

Source: Bloomberg, December 16 2010 2010

While venture capitalists are pouring money into social networking, e-commerce and online-game companies, investments in chipmakers are close to a 12-year low. And yet semiconductors -- made from silicon wafers -- provide the brains for everything from computers and mobile phones to nuclear missiles. At issue is the expense to get a startup off the ground. Chipmakers spend millions developing and testing their designs before they even know if an idea is viable. Those costs have pushed the industry abroad to countries that offer tax incentives and subsidies unmatched in the US. Meanwhile, the expense of starting software and Internet companies has actually gone down, thanks to cheap Web-based programmes and services.


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