ISA WINWire February 18 - 25 2011

Govt may share research with electronics industry

Source: Business Standard, February 17 2011

The government is mulling over whether to share research done at its two premier institutions -- the DRDO and CSIR -- with the domestic electronics industry to enable them to make quality products for the market. Electronics hardware includes IT, telecom, consumer durables like televison sets, set-top-boxes and other gadgets. Speaking at Electronics Expo here, Minister of State for Science and Technology Ashwani Kumar said, "The government is actively considering if research done by prominent government institutions, namely the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), can be shared with indigenous manufacturers for product development."

Bangalore gears up for ISA Vision Summit 2011

Source: EETimes, February 18 2011

Bangalore gears up to host the annual flagship event of the ISA, the ISA Vision Summit that has entered its sixth year in 2011. The two-day conference is scheduled on Feb. 21 and 22 at the Taj West End. Along with the participation of global and domestic leaders from the Electronic Systems, Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry as also policymakers and media persons, the Vision Summit this year is expected to have over 300 business delegates from across the world including official delegations from the UK, Japan and Belgium.

Renesas opens additional facility in India

Source: EETimes, February 21 2011

Renesas Electronics Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corp., inaugurated a branch office in Bangalore. Engaging India's emerging market is part of Renesas' overseas business expansion strategy. By strengthening the sales, marketing and technical support in India, Renesas Electronics expects to grow its India business by 20 per cent annually. Renesas Electronics is targeting the following segments in India market—Industrial, Consumer and Automotives. Over 100 new products will be developed specifically for this market. Renesas Electronics has been strengthening its business in the global market to pursue the growth outside Japan, aiming to increase its overseas sales ratio to 60 per cent by FY 2012.

Time to build electronic manufacturing brand: ISA

Source: CIOL, February 21 2011

India has lived up to its tag of being the software industry leader, with Bangalore at its helm; however, it's high time to build its brand across the electronics product manufacturing industry as well, said Ajay Kumar IAS, Joint Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of India. He was addressing the ISA Summit 2011 here on Monday. The demand of electronics hardware in India is set to grow from $45 Billion (Rs 2,25,000) in 2009 to $400 Billion (Rs 20,00,000 crores) by 2020.

Intel buys Dutch multimedia DSP firm

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, February 21 2011

Intel Corp. has acquired Silicon Hive BV, a licensor of customized parallel processing DSP accelerators for various multimedia applications. Intel Capital was an investor in Silicon Hive (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), a spin off from the Philips Research Laboratories, and Intel has made a deal to license embedded parallel processor architectures, compilers, and programming tools for mobile phone applications in 2008.

Union to help boost Indian semiconductor market

Source: Andrea Petrou, TechEye, February 21 2011

India's Union budget plans for 2011 may shed some positive light for the semiconductor sector. That's according to sources in the Department of Information Technology, who said that the plans could mean that the threshold limit of investment may come down for setting up semiconductor fabrication plants in India. They claim that the government is planning to issue a revised budget following recommendations from various bodies including manufacturers, Indian semiconductor Association (ISA) and Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA). These sectors want to build on the draft of a new Special Incentive Package Scheme (SIPS), which was originally announced by the union government in 2007 and put in place to help raise the Indian semiconductor market, which according to analysts is still trailing behind the likes of China.


Govt mulls electronic development fund

Source: Sridhar K. Chari,, February 21 2011

The department of information technology (DIT) is conceptualizing a development fund to promote manufacturing and intellectual property (IP) generation in electronics, Ajay Kumar, joint secretary in the department, said on Monday. The effort will involve the entire government, he said at the inauguration of the Indian Semiconductor Association Vision Summit in the tech hub. The government is also considering a new special incentives package to attract investment in semiconductor fabrication and ecosystem units(fabs), after the earlier scheme announced in 2007 met a lukewarm response, he said.

Inclusion at design stage need of hour

Source: N Vasudevan, Financial Chronicle, February 21 2011

Lauding $2,500 Nano car, SD Shibulal, chief operating officer of Infosys Technologies, said if India has to emerge as a strong player in semiconductor manufacturing, it is important to create processes that will create new products for the market, which can be taken to other markets as well. Localisation and inclusion are the key themes, which should be focused on during design process itself, he said.


Indian semicon industry told to invest in nanotechnology

Source: SiliconIndia, February 22 2011

The fledgling Indian semiconductor (semicon) industry has to invest in the research and development (R&D) of nanotechnology to face the challenge of disruptive technologies and shrinking innovative product cycles, a top expert said Monday. "Nanotechnology is the future of the electronics industry worldwide. With disruptive technologies and product cycles shrinking, the Indian semicon industry has to invest in nanotechnology R&D to innovate applications using nano materials and nano tubes," founder director-general of National Informatics Centre N. Seshagiri said here. Delivering the inaugural address at the sixth Vision Summit of the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) here, Seshagiri told about 300 delegates that though India had become a dominant player in the global software arena with about $60 billion export revenue, it is a laggard in the electronics hardware industry despite resources and talent.

FPGA paves the growth way: Xilinx CEO

Source: CIOL, February 22 2011

Speaking at the ISA Vision Summit 2011 here on Tuesday, Moshe Gavrielov, president and chief executive officer, Xilinx Inc, highlighted that Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) holds a strong promise for the industry. He said, “In the coming years, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and application-specific standard product (ASSP) would see a decline. And riding on the capabilities of 28 nanometers, the industry would see huge adoption of FPGA.

Update: Icahn makes bid to acquire Mentor

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, February 22 2011

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn Tuesday (Feb. 22) offered to buy EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. for $17 per share, or about $1.9 billion total. In a letter to Mentor's board of directors dated Tuesday and filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Icahn offered to have one or more of his affiliated entities purchase Mentor. Icahn said the form of the proposed transaction was still to be determined, but that it would be designed to yield Mentor shareholders $17 per share in cash.

Playing catch-up in the hardware game
Source: V. Sridhar, The Hindu, February 22 2011

India may be a world leader in the software export business but it is generally accepted that it lags far behind in the hardware business. This may appear puzzling at first glance, but it is actually quite obvious why this is so. In some sense, the hardware business has had to pay a price for India's success in the field of software exports.

ISA presents Technovation Awards 2011

Source: SiliconIndia, February 22 2011

The India Semiconductor Association (ISA), announced the winners of Technovation Awards 2011. These awards recognize innovation in technology companies in India and also honor visionaries in research and academics. Viswanathan Anand, Indian Chess Grandmaster and World Chess Champion felicitated the winners at the Awards ceremony. Poornima Shenoy , the president of ISA said "The awards are an important focus area of ISA to promote domestic entrepreneurship and recognize our product companies."

Belgian contingent graces ISA Vision Summit 2011
Source: Pradeep’s Point, February 22 2011

The Belgium contingent was at full strength at the ISA Vision Summit 2011, with five key representatives. These included:

  • AnSem
  • imec
  • NXP
  • Target Compiler Technology
  • Televic Group.
The twin objective of this delegation is to stimulate innovation by enabling and supporting co-operation with Indian partners. Another objective is to promote the DSP Valley network and the region of Flanders/Belgium as having a unique experience in the domains of wireless communications, DSP and embedded system design.

Japan’s Kyushu silicon cluster woos Indian chip companies
Source: Deccan Herald, February 22

Dispelling several myths about technology, innovation and existence of product companies, in the industry, IDG Ventures India Founder & Chairman Sudhir Sethi, on Tuesday, said India has seen over 3,000 companies in technology area. Addressing ISA Vision Summit 2011 session on Technology Innovation — An Investors Viewpoint he said over 30 per cent of these were product companies and these were in telecom, energy, engineering, medial devices, BR &analytics, security and digital consumer domains.

Angel & VCs funding new ideas
Source: India Report, February 24 2011

The India Semiconductor Association (ISA), the apex trade body representing the Indian semiconductor and electronics industry, today signed an MoU with DSP Valley Belgium to foster electronics and semiconductor industries across the two geographies. The MoU was signed by ISA President Poornima Shenoy and DSP Valley Belgium Managing Director of Peter Simkens. The MoU focuses on developing business ties between companies in the semiconductor design sector in India and in Belgium, Bangalore-headquartered ISA said in a statement. Simkens said"Our two associations will work with the common objective of promoting ties between

Indian SMEs look offshore for growth: study
Source: Business Standard, February 23 2011

Underpinned by an increasingly positive outlook on the economy, Indian SMEs plan to increase capital expenditure and hire more staff in the next six months and a growing number are eyeing an offshore expansion for their business. The latest HSBC research states that confidence among Indian SMEs surged in the fourth quarter of 2010, increasing more than any other SMEs in Asian market. The research findings show the number of SMEs across India conducting international business activities is expected to rise from 31 per cent to 56 per cent by 2013. The increase is driven by domestic SMEs, 24 per cent of which plan to become international by 2013, revealed the bi-annual research. The HSBC Small Business Confidence Monitor gauges the six-month outlook of SMEs on local economic growth, capital investment plans and recruitment drives.

Golden Gate buys Conexant
Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, February 23 2011

Conexant Systems Inc. is going private. SAN JOSE, Calif. - Conexant Systems Inc. is going private. Investment firm Golden Gate Capital has agreed to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Conexant's common stock at a price of $2.40 per share in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of calendar 2011. Conexant, which is public, will soon go private. Conexant also announced that it has terminated its previously announced agreement with Standard Microsystems Corp. and paid to SMSC the $7.7 million termination fee provided for under that agreement.

In Britain, a big push for more women to serve on corporate boards
Source: Julia Werdigier, The New York Times, February 24 2011

Women should make up at least 25 percent of the boards of the largest British companies by 2015, a report commissioned by the government recommended on Thursday. The report stopped short of suggesting that Britain follow other European countries, including France, Spain and Norway, in introducing compulsory quotas. But it seeks to increase the pressure on British companies to improve gender equality by asking companies to be more transparent about the gender balance in top positions.

ISA signs MoU with DSP Valley Belgium
Source: India Report, February 24 2011

The India Semiconductor Association (ISA), the apex trade body representing the Indian semiconductor and electronics industry, today signed an MoU with DSP Valley Belgium to foster electronics and semiconductor industries across the two geographies. The MoU was signed by ISA President Poornima Shenoy and DSP Valley Belgium Managing Director of Peter Simkens. The MoU focuses on developing business ties between companies in the semiconductor design sector in India and in Belgium, Bangalore-headquartered ISA said in a statement. Simkens said"Our two associations will work with the common objective of promoting ties between companies in the two geographies." DSP Valley is home to Philips, NXP, IMEC, and other global leading institutions.

Automotive IC market set to grow 12% in 2011, says IC Insights
Source: EDA Café News, February 25 2011

The rapid motorization of China and other emerging markets along with recovery in the U.S. automotive market, coupled with growing demand for on-board electronics, will help propel the automotive IC market up 12% in 2011, to $17.2 billion. This follows a 45% increase in automotive IC sales in 2010 (Figure 1), which halted a two-year slide in the automotive IC market.

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