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ISA WINWire December 24 - 30 2011

Volvo to make India global hub of its Asia range

Source: Business Standard, December 30 2011

India is set to emerge as the global development and manufacturing hub for Swedish bus maker Volvo Bus Corporation’s Asia range over the next four years. The company, which has production facilities in 20 countries, has global manufacturing bases in Poland, Mexico and China. While the facility in Poland supplies premium buses to Europe, the centres in Mexico and China roll out premium products for countries in the Americas and southeast Asia respectively.


NTT DOCOMO to Form Communications Chip JV with Five Semiconductor Companies

Source:, December 29 2011

NTT DOCOMO Inc. has reached a basic agreement with five semiconductor firms - Fujitsu Ltd, Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd, NEC Corp., Panasonic Mobile Communications Co. Ltd, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd - to establish a fabless joint venture company by the end of March 2012 to develop and sell semiconductor products for mobile devices.


Lattice Semiconductor To Acquire Siliconblue

Source: Electronic Products Magazine, December 29 2011

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SiliconBlue Technologies, a pioneer and leader in Custom Mobile Device(TM) solutions for the consumer handheld market. Utilizing a single chip, ultra-low power Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) fabric, SiliconBlue's mobileFPGA(TM) devices enable mobile designers to quickly add features to their mobile platform in areas such as connectivity, memory / storage, sensor management, and video / imaging. SiliconBlue's mobile FPGA devices have already shipped in the millions of units to top tier consumer OEM's.

Intel ships new Atom processors to PC makers

Source: CIOL, December 29 2011

Global chip maker Intel Corporation began shipping its new mobile Atom processors with more features and longer battery life to manufacturers of personal computers (PC), laptops, netbooks and smart devices. "Computing systems using new Atom processors will debut in early 2012 through leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba," Intel said in a statement here Thursday.

Raspberry Pi foundation readies $25 PC for launch

Source: EET India, December 28 2011

British not-for-profit foundation Raspberry Pi has said its credit-card sized $25 PCs will become available for sale next month, once they emerge from final beta testing. The ultra-low-cost computer, which recently won an award at ARM TechCon in Santa Clara, was conceptualized for use in teaching computer programming, as well as for greater educational use in the developing world.

Toyota launches world's most fuel-efficient hybrid

Source: Financial Express, December 27 2011

Toyota Motor Corp on Monday launched the world's most fuel-efficient hybrid car, as the company looks to fight off competition from pure electric vehicles. The compact car, dubbed 'Aqua' in Japan and the 'Prius C' overseas, has a listed fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/litre (83.3 mpg), beating the current top Prius, which gets 32 km/litre. Rivals Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) and General Motors Co (GM.N) are seeking to share the green limelight with their Leaf and Chevrolet Volt electric cars, though sales volumes are expected to stay relatively low until the high price of batteries comes down significantly.

Micromax hires new CEO, aims for 10% smartphone mkt share

Source: EET India, December 27 2011

Aiming to strengthen its position in the highly competitive handset market in the world, the Indian mobile brand Micromax hires Bharti Airtel's director Deepak Mehrotra as its new CEO. Mehrotra, most recently, served as operations directors - mobility business for Bharti Airtel. The company also tapped senior executive from Sony Ericsson and HTC to strengthen its management team.

TRAI proposals get telecom commission’s nod

Source: CIOL, December 27 2011

The telecom commission, the highest decision making body of the telecom sector, has accepted the proposals sent by telecom regulator TRAI. The Telecom Commission has said that most of the recommendations of TRAI have been taken on board for approval from the ministry. R Chandrashekhar, secretary, DoT and chairman of the telecom commission, while speaking to reporters on Monday said that they have accepted by and large all the proposals made by TRAI.

ON Semiconductor Introduces High Performance CMOS Image Sensor Targeted at Biometric and Medical Dev

Source: Electronic Technology, December 25 2011

ON Semiconductor, a premier supplier of high performance silicon solutions for energy efficient electronics, has introduced a new CMOS image sensor that offers the speed, resolution and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) performance required to address the needs of the growing number of high-end biometric applications such as fingerprint detection as well as several medical device designs. The MANO 9600 is a rolling shutter 9.6 megapixel (MP) (3840 x 2500 pixel) device that runs at 20 frames per second (fps) at full resolution.

Global semiconductor revenue up to $302 b

Source: The Hindu, December 24 2011

Worldwide semiconductor revenue grew by 0.9 per cent to $302 billion in 2011, according to preliminary results from Gartner, Inc.

After a strong start to the year, worries about the strength of the macro-economy slowed equipment and semiconductor orders in 2011.“The industry did well in the early part of the year, in many cases entering the year with backlog from an exuberant 2010,” said Stephan Ohr, Semiconductor Research Director at Gartner.


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