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ISA WINWire July 8 - 15 2011


ARM invests in smart grid startup

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, July 8 2011

Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc and Moonray Investors have participated in a $7 million Series A round of funding in digital power control startup Amantys Ltd. Moonray Investors, part of FIL Ltd. which trades as Fidelity International, has also purchased an external minority interest from IP Group plc. IP Group was involved with founders in a $1 million seed round in 2010. Amantys (Cambridge, England) is a digital power control company that claims to have patented techniques that will enable efficient high frequency switching of power loads at voltages of 100s of volts up to 100-kV. Applications for the technology could include inverters for wind turbines and solar power, solid-state transformers, high-voltage dc transmission and fast charging of electric vehicles, according to Pete Magowan, co-founder and executive chairman of the company.

Medical electronics market to reach USD 156bn in 2011

Source evertiq, July 8 2011

Overall, trends in medical electronics include further miniaturization, portability, wireless functionality, customization, and personalization. Databeans expects that the clinical segment will continue to account for the great majority of IC sales with roughly 60% of the entire Medical market. However, home electronics will remain the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 11% over the next five years. The medical electronics sector is a complex and fragmented market. While there is a high potential for growth and innovation, this is continually stifled by increasing global challenges in funding, regulation, and supply chain optimization. With U.S. healthcare reform remaining a hotly debated topic and an unstandardized global regulatory environment, bringing a new medical electronics product to market is becoming increasingly difficult. Top this off the obstacle of finding appropriate funding channels makes introducing new innovations in this sector more difficult than ever.

How to restore America's manufacturing innovation

Source: Howard Richman, Raymond Richman, and Jesse Richman, American Thinker, July 10 2011

The first presidential report to Congress on manufacturing, Alexander Hamilton's 1791 Report on Manufactures, was a classic; it shaped American industrial policy for 150 years. The latest report, the Report to the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing published last month by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), shares many similarities. Both reports recognize that manufacturing leads to economic strength and to innovations. Hamilton recommended tariffs; the latest report recommends new incarnations of President Reagan's successful SEMATECH consortium as well as a cut in the corporate income tax. Although it represents a step in the right direction, the new report does not go far enough.

India calls for cooperation with Africa in solar energy

Source: The Economic Times, July 11 2011

India has offered to expand and strengthen its cooperation with the African countries in the field of Renewable Energy. "India is already assisting African countries for electrification of villages through solar energy and aims to set up 40 solar charging stations and 40 biomass gasifiers," said Dr Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy. He was speaking at the IRENA-Africa High Level Consultative Forum meeting in Abu Dhabi on Accelerating Renewable Energy Uptake for Africa's Sustainable Development "India has established many institutes which have tailor-made training programmes in various areas of renewable Energy and the country is ready to share its experience, knowledge and technology in the field of renewable energy with the African countries", he added.

Tata BP Solar first co to commission a MW scale plant

Source: The Economic Times, July 11 2011

Tata BP Solar India Ltd, a joint venture of Tata Power and BP Solar, became the first company to install and commission a megawatt scale solar power plant under the Rooftop and Other Small Solar Power Generation Plant scheme under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). This one megawatt project is owned and developed by M/s B & G Solar Private Limited in Tamil Nadu and was synchronised to the grid three months ahead of the scheduled date. "This is a milestone in the rapidly developing Indian solar story. The plant was put up in a record time of 150 days", said Mr K Subramanya, CEO, Tata BP Solar

Synopsys tips 65-nm PDKs for Globalfoundries

Source: EETimes, July 11 2011

EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. said Monday (July 11) it collaborated with Globalfoundries Inc. to develop, validate, support and distribute interoperable process design kits (PDKs) for Globalfoundries' mainstream and advanced process technologies. The Globalfoundries 65-nm PDKs are available now, with additional PDKs planned for delivery later in 2011, Synopsys (Mountain View, Calif.) said. The PDKs have been fully validated with Synopsys' custom design solution, including the Galaxy Custom Designer tool, HSpice circuit simulator, CustomSim circuit simulator, IC Validator physical verification tool and StarRC extraction tool, Synopsys said.

Auto sector to see Rs 2,50,000 cr investment: Patel

Source: Business Standard, July 11 2011

The government today said the Indian automobile industry is expected to invest about Rs 2,50,000 crore in the next 10 years, by which time the four-wheeler segment is estimated touch 10 million units annually. "There will be significant investment worth Rs 2,50,000 crore in the next 10 years in the auto sector. It will create 20 million jobs by 2020. We are keen to see orderly growth and sustainable growth," Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel told reporters here. The production of four-wheelers in the country is expected to grow to 10 million units annually by 2020 from 2.5 million units currently, he added.

Government plans to set up two automotive manufacturing hubs in central, east India

Source: The Economic Times, July 12 2011

The government plans to set up two automotive manufacturing hubs spread over 10,000 acres each in central and eastern India. The new hubs, aimed at consolidating India's position as an important destination for low-cost automotive production, will be in addition to the three existing zones - Haryana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. India's automotive industry, estimated to have a turnover of $73 billion at present, accounts for 6% of its GDP. "There is need to make India cost competitive and a large-scale manufacturing destination that would help it emerge as a front-runner for low-cost production globally," Praful Patel, Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, told top officials of automobile and auto component companies in Delhi on Monday.

Cadence acquires power specialist Azuro

Source: EETimes, July 12 2011

Cadence Designs Systems Inc. has moved to strengthen design tools it provides to customers developing next-generation SoCs through the acquisition of power-focused Azuro Inc. Azuro (Santa Clara, Calif.) focuses on clock concurrent optimization technology that is billed as providing SoC designers with improved power, performance and area results. It joined a Cadence-sponsored software interoperability effort based on the Common Power Format last year.

Smaller firms with hybrid chips will drive innovation

Source: The Inquirer, July 13 2011

SMALL CHIP FIRMS with hybrid designs are likely to do well in the next few years, despite the industry being beset with consolidation, according to Tien Wu, COO at Advanced Semiconductor Engineering. Wu said during his opening keynote that industry consolidation and the high cost of entry to the market will remain key issues for the biggest players in the semiconductor industry. However, it will be smaller companies developing hybrid chips using industry standards that will move the market forward. "Around 10 years ago there were 100 people making major back-end semiconductor investments, but that's now down to the tens and could be in single figures in the next decade," Wu said.

Gartner reports startups growth has potential

Source: Nicolas Mokhoff, EETimes, July 13 2011

Wireless connectivity, analog functions and optical technologies are among the most commonly offered products from semiconductor startups and small private companies which attracted over $1.3 billion dollars in funding during the past two years. In the recent Gartner report, the numbers of startups have fallen significantly in comparison with the earlier years of the decade but many opportunities remain. Market Insight: Private Semiconductor Vendors and Startups, 2011, provides a listing of private semiconductor companies and their offerings, together with details of funding activities.

Indian firms top world sales growth: Ernst & Young

Source: VC Circle, July 14 2011

Indian companies' sales growth has soared past the rest of the world in the past five years, posting annual average rises of 27 per cent, compared to just 5 per cent for firms in developed countries, an Ernst and Young survey found. Indian sales growth was also far higher than the average of 16 per cent for the developing world as a whole, according to the 2006-2010 study which compared the performance of 150 companies in rapid-growth markets with 80 leading US and European firms. "Some of these gains (in developing countries) are due to the exceptional growth of their domestic economies. Others have benefited from rising raw materials prices, particularly mining and oil and gas companies," Ernst & Young said.

Why entrepreneurs thrive in some countries more than in others

Source: The Next Silicon Valley, July 14 2011

Would-be entrepreneurs need cash to launch new businesses, but countries are far from equal when it comes to funding young, innovative and growth-oriented companies, according to a new OECD report. Venture capitalists in Israel allocate more financing to young companies than any other country in the OECD, with the equivalent of 0.18% of GDP dedicated to seed, start-up and early development capital. The United States, Sweden and Finland are among the other leading providers of venture capital, and are not surprisingly also among the most entrepreneurial nations. These are among the insights in the inaugural edition of Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2011, which gives an overview of enterpreneurship in OECD countries. Using indicators developed with the European Union’s statistical arm Eurostat, as well as those from national statistics offices, the report shows how access to finance, market conditions, regulatory frameworks and cultural perceptions can boost or harm entrepreneurial activity.

India seeks deeper high-tech ties with US

Source: The Next Silicon Valley, July 14 2011

India said on Monday that high-technology trade with the US has belied expectations and sought the deepening of cooperation in research and development, design and production according to published reports by Mint, in New Delhi. Addressing a meeting of the India-US high technology cooperation group (HTCG), foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said the regulatory frameworks in India and the US should evolve in a manner that will facilitate trade and expand opportunities for collaboration. "There is a shared perception that the HTCG has, in a sense, underperformed and underachieved, especially in commercial sectors," Rao said at the opening session of the group.

Indonesia: The next Silicon Valley?

Source: The Next Silicon Valley, July 14 2011

Shortly after Yahoo reportedly lost a $100-million bid to buy the mobile platform Foursquare last year, the company paid just a fraction of that price for an almost identical product — made in Indonesia. Yahoo is just one of many foreign companies pouring venture capital into web and digital development start-ups in Indonesia, where consumers have taken quickly to smartphones and tablet computers, and where digital design is far cheaper than in Silicon Valley and increasingly more affordable than in China and India.

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