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ISA WINWire December 10 - 23 2011

Now, power your home with 'solar paint'

Source: Netindia 123, December 23 2011,+power+your+home+with+'solar+paint'

New research led by an Indian origin professor in the US heralds the day when one can apply a coat of paint on the outside walls of a house to generate electricity from sunlight that can be used to power the appliances and equipment on the inside.


From jugaad to greater innovation

Source: Economic Times, December 23 2011

`Jugaad', which captures the spirit of Indian innovation, is the beta version of any product, getting the product into the market and starting the revenue stream. But to move on from there, there is need for physical infrastructure like roads, power and a skilled human resource.


'5 in 5': IBM's 5 innovations for next 5 yrs

Source: EE Times, December 22 2011,8938164566,2011-12-22,EEIOL,ARTICLE_ALERT

'IBM 5 in 5' is out now. Now in its sixth year, '5 in 5' is a list of "innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years," claims IBM.

Intel announces new Managing Director, SA Sales & Marketing

Source: CXO Today, December 22 2011

Intel announced that R. Sivakumar will be moving to a new role within Intel and the appointment of Ms. Debjani Ghosh to the role of Managing Director for its Sales and Marketing organization in South Asia. The change is effective from January 1. Ms. Ghosh will be based in New Delhi.

Indian chip firm hits rare milestone

Source: EE Times, December 22 2011

An announcement last week by locally based Cosmic Circuits that it has shipped 12 million ICs so far didn't garner a lot of attention internationally, but made waves here because it marks the first time an Indian chip company has attained such numbers.

Infosys BPO buys Australian firm

Source: IBEF, December 21 2011

Infosys BPO, the business process outsourcing subsidiary of the information technology giant, has signed an agreement to acquire all the share capital in Portland Group, an Australian company, for A$34 million (Rs 180 crore). This is its second acquisition in Australia, the first being Expert Information Services, which it got in 2003 for $23 mn. Founded in 1999, Portland Group provides strategic sourcing and category management services and employs 113 professionals. The Sydney-headquartered company reported revenue of A$31.3 mn in the year ended June 30.

AC to DC: Edison has last word in 'war of currents'

Source: Times of India, December 21 2011

At the start of the 20th century, inventors Thomas Alva Edison and Nikola Tesla clashed in the "war of the currents". To highlight the dangers of his rival's system, Edison even electrocuted an elephant. The animal died in vain; it was Tesla's system and not Edison's that took off. But today, helped by technological advances and the need to conserve energy, Edison may finally get his revenge.

ISA presents Technovation Awards 2011

Source: Electronics Bazaar, December 20 2011

India Semiconductor Association (ISA), the trade body representing the Indian semiconductor and electronics systems, announced the winners of Technovation Awards December 2011 recently in Bengaluru. The awards ceremony was sponsored by Global Foundries. The awards were given away by Ashok Soota, executive chairman, Happiest Minds.

Global semiconductor rev reaches $302 bn in 2011

Source: CIOL, December 20 2011

Worldwide semiconductor revenues reached $302 billion in 2011, growing by merely 0.9 per cent over 2010, according to preliminary results announced by Gartner. After a strong start to the year, worries about the strength of the macroeconomy slowed equipment and semiconductor orders in 2011, it said in a statement.

ISA announces Technovation awards 2011

Source: EE Times, December 20 2011

India's semiconductor and electronics industry organization India Semiconductor Association (ISA) announced the winners of Technovation Awards December 2011. The Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) industry award recognises individuals and organizations for their contributions to the industry.

ISA rewards Brand India 'technovation' in ESDM

Source: CIOL, December 19 2011

India Semiconductor Association (ISA), the trade body representing the Indian semiconductor and electronics systems, recently announced the winners of Technovation Awards December 2011.

ISA announces winners of Technovation Awards

Source: Voice & Data, December 19 2011

India Semiconductor Association (ISA) has announced the winners of Technovation Awards December 2011 for contributions in ESDM.

Berkeley Design Automation Wins ISA Technovation Award

Source: Electro IW, December 18 2011

Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the world's fastest nanometer circuit verification, today announced that it has been selected as a winner of the ISA Technovation Award (Dec 2011) in the Semiconductor (Intellectual Property) category by the India Semiconductor Association (ISA).

What's next for women in IT?

Source: CIOL, December 17 2011

“All animals are equal, but some animals are equal than others,” wrote George Orwell in his novel 'Animal Farm'. Whenever we talk about equality - be it gender equality or social equality – this very quote underscores our double standards. The same resonated at today's event, hosted by Anita Borg Institute of Women and Technology in partnership with Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA), themed 'Women in Computing in India'.

Women in Technology

Source: Smart Techie, December 17 2011

A panel discussion on “Opportunities and Growth in the Semiconductor Industry” was organized by India Semiconductor Association (ISA), in partnership with Anita Borg Institute (ABI) for Women in Technology. The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing India, a program of ABI, was instrumental in putting together this enlightening and educational conference.

ISA session on women in technology held

Source: Deccan Herald, December 17 2011

Addressing a Key note for ESDM track, AMD Technology Corporate Vice President Dina McKinney said, “The semiconductor industry in India has a perfect mix of young energetic as well as mature and experienced woman. India has got a lot of woman talent in technology and as days are passing by, we can see more and more women climbing up the value chain.”

ST launches corporate venture capital fund

Source: CIOL, December 16 2011

STMicroelectronics announced the launch of "ST New Ventures", its corporate venture capital fund currently under incorporation. The acceleration of the pervasion of semiconductor has led ST to create a venture fund which will invest in technology, product and service start-up companies, preferably at early stage, to understand in advance emerging markets for which semiconductor is key. Healthcare, Cleantech and Smart Infrastructure are among the main areas of focus.

Bright ideas showcase the best of the British electronics industry

Source: Web News Wire, December 16 2011

For the last two weeks UK designed and manufactured electronics and components have been displayed to highlight the expertise Britain has in this sector, and the contribution that electronics makes to the economy. The exhibition was visited today by Business Minister Mark Prisk who met senior executives from the industry.

New Dye Will Lead To More Efficient Solar Energy Technology

Source: Web News Wire, December 15 2011

Dr. Ahmed El-Shafei’s research group invented a new “sensitizer,” or dye, that harvests more ambient and solar light than any dyes currently on the market for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). “A third-party solar energy company compared our new dye, NCSU-10, against the state-of-the-art dye on the market. Our dye had 14 percent more power density,” says El-Shafei, an assistant professor in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science department. “In other words, NCSU-10 allows us to harvest more energy from the same amount of light.”

Govt plans Rs 10,000-cr fund to promote electronic manufacturing

Source: Hindu Business Line, December 15 2011

The Union Government proposes to set up a Rs 10,000-crore Electronic Development Fund (EDF) next year, to promote electronic hardware manufacturing in the country. Mr Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, said the EDF will float several other funds under its umbrella to identify “deserving” R&D projects in different hardware manufacturing verticals and fund them.

Electronics sector will exceed $190 billion by 2015

Source: Hindu Business Line, December 14 2011

Indian electronics industry will exceed $190 billion by 2015 and grow to $400 billion by 2020, which would account for 12 per cent of the then global production, said Mr T.Vasu, President of the Electronic Industries Association of India. To achieve this, he said, India would require an investment of over $100 billion. According to him, the current size of the Indian electronics industry is pegged at $45 billion and is growing at 25-27 per cent year on year. However, he said, it meets hardly 50 per cent of the domestic demand, and the import bill exceeds $25 billion at present.

Globalfoundries announces 20-nm chip tape out

Source: EE times, December 14 2011

RM Holdings plc. and Globalfoundries Inc. have announced the tape out of a 20nm chip and have demoed a Cortex-A9 SoC operating at more than 2.5GHz on 28nm technology. Globalfoundries said the tape out was a milestone for its Technology Qualification Vehicle (TQV), which it has worked closely on with ARM, and that it was “more than a standard test chip.”

Broadcom to buy Israeli startup Broadlight

Source: EE times, December 13 2011

Broadcom Corp. has decided to acquire Israeli networking and embedded processor developer Broadlight Ltd. for approximately $200 million according to Israeli business news sources. Business daily "TheMarker" reported that the firms, who have long been in acquisition talks, had signed a letter of intent recently citing that Broadcom would purchase Broadlight for between $230-340 million. No sources were cited.

Encourage cluster approach, build ecosystem for $65 billion electronics market: experts

Source: Financial Express, December 13 2011

Industry experts and policy makers today called for a national electronics strategy to develop laboratory-to-fabrication clusters across the country and build a vibrant ecosystem for the 65 billion dollar market.

ST-Ericsson describes three-chip stack

Source: EE times, December 12 2011

ST-Ericsson and a French research institute will describe this week a chip stack made up of three die including a Wide I/O DRAM. The effort, using tools and a memory controller from Cadence Design Systems, represents one of the first to stack three devices.

Teledyne DALSA-Manufactured Sensors to Guide NASA Rover on Current Mission to Mars

Source: Stock Markets Review, December 12 2011

Teledyne DALSA is pleased to announce the NASA-designed, Teledyne DALSA-manufactured CCD sensors are once again being used on a NASA mission to Mars. Successfully launched on Saturday, November 26, 2011, the sensors are embedded in the Engineering Cameras of the Curiosity Rover. The Engineering Cameras, known as the Navcam and Hazcam cameras, are located on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover and are used for navigation on the surface of Mars. The Rover will use 4 Navcam cameras and 8 Hazcam cameras.

Where are the women executives in Silicon Valley?

Source: Financial Express, December 10 2011

Though it won’t be news to anyone who has worked in Silicon Valley, a new study confirms that tech companies are woefully behind in including women among their board members and highest-paid executives—not to mention the engineering ranks. Of California’s 400 biggest public companies, technology companies have some of the lowest percentages of women directors and executives, according to the annual Study of California Women Business Leaders by the University of California, Davis, and Watermark, a Bay Area organisation that tries to increase the number of women business leaders.

SmartPlay Technologies sets up design centre in Hyderabad

Source: BizWire Express, December 10 2011

SmartPlay Technologies, an established global leader in digital, analog, wireless software and system design services is setting up a design centre in Hyderabad. Founded in 2008, SmartPlay grew at a phenomenal rate from 60 to 650+ employees in three years. Currently, SmartPlay has its design centre's in Bangalore, Greater NOIDA, San Jose, San Diego and Austin.


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