ISA WINWire December 3 – December 10 2010


Global semiconductor sales remain flat month on month- But nearly 20 percent increase over the year

Source: Matthew Finnegan,, December 3 2010

Worldwide semiconductor sales reached $26.3 billion in October, showing no change from the preceding month. However, while there was little movement from last month, which also saw sales amount to $26.3bn, October sales still showed an increase of 19.8 percent increase from the same point in 2009 which amounted to $22bn.


Semiconductor executives confident in sales and jobs outlook for 2011, KPMG global study finds

Source: PRNewswire, December 4 2010

Despite the uneven overall global economic recovery, semiconductor executives see their industry breaking the historical boom-and-bust performance trend with solid increases expected in 2011 in sales, and most importantly, workforce growth, according to a global survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm. However, 53 percent of respondents anticipate the semiconductor cycle will peak within the next 12 months, reinforcing the inherent cyclicality of the industry. Historically, the semiconductor's industry's largest boom years are followed by sharp declines in the next year, yet, according to KPMG's survey of 118 senior semiconductor executives, the industry appears confident that continued product demand in 2011 will break that pattern, even as it follows a 2010 year that many analysts are forecasting as the third highest ever in the semiconductor industry.


ISA: Growth opportunities for India medical electronics

Source: EETimes, December 6 2010

India Semiconductor Association (ISA), the trade body representing the Indian semiconductor and electronics industry presented a report on "Current status and potential for medical electronics in India." The report that details its findings on the opportunities in the Indian medical electronics field was released by Dr. Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya in the presence of Dr. Bobby Mitra, ISA chairman, Poornima Shenoy, ISA president and Vivek Sharma, convener of the ISA Medical Electronics Segment. The report finds that medical electronics is valued at Rs.3,850.00 crore of the overall Indian healthcare market of Rs.3.00 lakh crore.


Medical is becoming more of e (electronics)-medical and is driven by semiconductor tech

Source: EEHerald, December 6 2010

While the population growth is curtailed by advancement in various techniques but has resulted in growth of aging population. Electronics and semiconductor chips did not play any direct role in birth control, however the devices/equipments powered by sensors and semiconductor chips are becoming essential to diagnose, monitor, and cure range of sicknesses and diseases. While the families becoming nucleus and the aging population raising, the health will become a major economic factor globally. India, with fairly controlled population-growth, lacks in health improvements compared to global health standards. The gigantic effort to provide health to 1 billion + population is challenging and the technology comes very handy to make it less challenging.


India, France ink MoU in education sector

Source:, December 6 2010

India and France on Monday signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) in the field of education, focussing on academic collaboration and research. Under the first MoU, between France's Institute de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD) and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, a joint laboratory for water sciences would be established in India. Called Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences (IFCWS), or Cellule Franco-Indienne de Recherche en Sciences de l'Eau (CEFIRSE), the lab would focus on research, training and foreign collaborations.


Mentor acquires CodeSourcery's open-source assets

Source EETimes, December 7 2010

Mentor Graphics Corp. has acquired assets of CodeSourcery Inc., which will enable it strengthen its position in the open-source segment of embedded development market. CodeSourcery is a provider of open source GNU-based toolchains and services for systems development. It offers Sourcery G++ product, a software development environment based on the GNU Toolchain, and Sourcery VSIPL++, a portable, parallel signal- and image-processing toolkit that boosts performance and increases productivity for radar, sonar, and imaging applications.


Obama wants a 'Sputnik Moment' to fight India

Source: CIOL, December 7 2010

US President Barack Obama has called for another "Sputnik moment", saying America must invest in innovation and technology and seize new opportunities to remain competitive with nations like India and China. "We need a commitment to innovation we haven't seen since president (John F.) Kennedy challenged us to go to the moon," he said in a speech Monday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina recalling what the US did in the 1950s and 60s to match the Soviet Union after it launched the first satellite Sputnik. Warning that countries like India, China, and South Korea posed fierce economic competition by focusing on educated workers, research and technology and quality infrastructure, Obama said the US was not keeping up.


IC rankings show Samsung gaining on Intel

Source: Dylan McGrath, December 8 2010

As expected, Intel Corp. will retain its No. 1 position in semiconductor sales for the 19th consecutive year in 2010, though the Santa Clara, Calif.-based giant's share of global chip sales is expected to decrease slightly to 13.8 percent from 14.2 percent in 2009, according to market research firm Gartner Inc. Intel's sales are projected to grow 24.6 percent this year to $41.4 billion, according to Gartner (Stamford, Conn.), below the overall chip industry's projected 31.5 percent growth from a dismal 2009. Meanwhile, No. 2 player Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s chip sales are projected to grow 60 percent this year to nearly $28.3 billion, according to Gartner. Samsung's share of overall chip sales is expected to grow to 9.4 percent this year from 7.9 percent last year, according to the firm.


Moser Baer PV emerges first Indian company to install 100 MW solar capacity globally news

Source:, December 8 2010

Moser Baer's solar photovoltaic (PV) business has become the first Indian company to achieve over 100 MW solar power installation globally 'under its own brand'." "This is indeed a moment of pride to be the only Indian solar PV company to have installations of over 100 MW globally. This achievement motivates us to put our global expertise to domestic use and help give a fillip to the nation's solar mission. It is notable that MBSL has provided thin film modules towards the commissioning of the country's largest solar farm in Tamil Nadu," said Rahul Puri, executive director of Moser Baer India Ltd. Moser Baer already has the distinction of commissioning the first thin film solar farm in Maharashtra and one of the largest roof-top solar PV installations in Surat, Gujarat.


Gartner says worldwide semiconductor market to grow 4.6 percent as revenue reaches $314 billion in 2011

Source: EDA Café News, December 9 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 Gartner, Inc. Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total $314 billion in 2011, up 4.6 percent from 2010's estimated revenue of $300.3 billion. Worldwide semiconductor revenue is on pace to grow 31.5 percent 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.


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