ISA WINWire February 25 – March 4 2011

Maxim enters digital power market

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, February 25 2011

Maxim has rolled out its first chips in the arena, based on the company's new InTune brand digital power technology. The technology is based on "state-space" or "model-predictive" control, as opposed to proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control used by competitors.

In addition to internal R&D efforts, the company also developed the technology through an acquisition. Last August, Maxim quietly acquired L&L, a small firm that was developing and licensing digital control technology based on ''state-space.'' To also help its efforts, Maxim also recently licensed so-called Digital Power Technology (DPT) patents from Power-One Inc.

Freescale Semiconductor expects govt to take measures for good growth: Ganesh Guruswamy

Source: IIFL, February 25 2011

The company expect the government to take significant measures to maintain a good annual growth and continue to focus on inclusive growth. Growing inflation is a cause of concern for the nation. This could put an increased pressure on the cost competitiveness of the country subsequently affecting the growth. India is a dominant player in the global software arena, but lot needs to be done to create a strong presence in the electronics hardware industry. The Indian semiconductor industry is investing more and more in Research & Development.

Union Budget 2011: FM gives sops for hybrid cars, LEDs, solar modules

Source: The Economic Times, February 28 2011

Hybrid vehicles would cost less as the government on Monday waived off duty on imports of specified parts and reduced tax on their domestic manufacturing. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee announced launching of a national mission for hybrid and electric vehicles to provide clean transportation for the masses. While no duty would be levied on imports of specified parts of such vehicles, a concessional 5% excise would be offered to incentivise their domestic production, he said.

Union Budget 2011: Prices of LED lights to fall by 10-12%

Source: Writankar Mukherjee, The Economic Times, February 28 2011

Prices of energy-efficient LED lights are going to fall by about 10-12% due to the budgetary proposal to reduce excise duty on LED bulbs from 10% to 5% and full exemption on the special CVD of 4%. Manufacturers expect entry-level prices of such lights will now fall to about Rs 450-500. LED bulb is the main component of LED lights, which are a complete light unit. However, manufacturers do not expect any significant impact on adoption of LED lights since their prices are at least 5-6 times higher than that of the CFL.

Govt expects Rs 30,000 crore from telecom

Source: The Hindu Business Line, February 28 2011

The Government is expecting to get nearly Rs 30,000 crore from telecom services in 2011-12, indicating the possibility of another round of spectrum auction. The exchequer received Rs 1.2 lakh crore in 2010-11 from the sale of 3G and broadband spectrum, compared to Budget estimates of Rs 49,799 crore. “The Group of Minister will decide on the timing and what to auction, but we are expecting around Rs 30,000 crore next year,” said Ms Sushma Nath, Finance Secretary, at a press conference after the presentation of the Budget by the Finance Minister. The Rs 30,000 crore includes revenues from licence fee and annual charges collected from the operators.

ISA welcomes government’s efforts to boost innovation and domestic manufacturing

Source: PC’s Semiconductor Blog, February 28 2011

The India Semiconductor Association (ISA) has commended the Indian government’s commitment to stimulate manufacturing and innovation in the country.

Salient features of the budget:
Manufacturing (electronics and semiconductors)

* FM’s decision to fully exempt raw materials used in manufacturing specified electronic components from basic customs duty is a good move and will result in higher value addition.

* The GoI’s plan to come out with National Manufacturing Policy and increase share of manufacturing in GDP from the present level of 16 percent to 25 percent over a period of 10 years is noteworthy.

* Reduction in basic customs for few more materials used in the manufacturing solar cells/modules to nil will correct the distortions in the duty structure and further strengthen solar PV manufacturing in India.

* Reduction in excise duty on LEDs to 5 percent and full exemption on special CVD will bring down the cost of manufacturing of LEDs and lead to faster adoption of LEDs in India

* Extension of concession available to parts, components and accessories for manufacture of mobile handsets till 31st March, 2012 and to include few more items in its ambit will further bring down manufacturing costs in India.


At 28nm, FPGA designs find exponential increase of applications

Source: EEHerald, February 28 2011

With the FPGA market grown by 30% to reach US$ 4 billion in 2010, FPGA business is rocking. The beauty of programmable semiconductor chip industry is the range of applications it can address. At 28nm, it touches nearly every market except the likes of PC and mobile phones. FPGA is already a hit in the high-end market, where role of FPGA is increasingly finding importance due to the design flexibility FPGAs offer. Due to fall in cost of FPGA and also power consumption to some extent, FPGA is increasingly finding importance in many medium and low-end custom electronic design applications.

New manufacturing policy to be sent to Cabinet

Source: The Hindu Business Line, March 1 2011

The new draft manufacturing policy, aimed to reduce the compliance burden of the industry and putting India on the world map as a manufacturing nation, will soon be placed before the Union Cabinet for approval, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said. Mr. Sharma also said that the announcement to impose Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on SEZs (special economic zones) and its units came as a complete surprise and he would take up the matter with the Finance Minister urging him to review the imposition.


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