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ISA WINWire June 3 - 10 2011


Hiring in U.S. slowed in May with 54,000 jobs added

Source: Catherine Rampell, The New York Times, June 3 2011

After several months of strong job growth, hiring in the United States slowed sharply in May, suggesting the economy may be running out of steam once again. The Labor Department reported on Friday that the nation added 54,000 nonfarm payroll jobs last month, after an increase of about 220,000 jobs in each of the three previous months. The gain in May was about a third of what economists had been forecasting. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, edged up to 9.1 percent from 9.0 percent in April.

Nokia forays into dual-SIM mobile market

Source: The Hindu Business Line, June 4 2011

Nokia has forayed into the dual-SIM mobile phones market that is mostly flooded with handsets made locally and imported from China. “Yes, we are a late entrant in the dual-SIM segment but with our affordable price point we can achieve leadership position quickly,” Mr Prakash Katama, Director, Chennai Factory, Nokia India, he told newspersons on the launch of its ‘Made in India' dual SIM phones. Nokia launched two entry-level variants of its dual-SIM mobiles. The C2-00 will be priced below Rs 3,000 while the other model Nokia X1-01 will be priced below Rs 2,000, said Mr Katama. The exact price is still being worked out and the new mobiles will hit the market in a few days, he said at the Nokia Chennai factory in Sriperumbudur, near here.

National manufacturing policy shortly, says Anand Sharma

Source: The Hindu Business Line, June 4 2011

“The first national manufacturing policy will be unveiled shortly,” said Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, on Saturday. Addressing a meeting of industrialists and exporters, he said the Prime Minister would chair an inter-Ministerial meeting on June 9 after which the policy would be announced. As the share of manufacturing in the Gross Domestic Product was stagnating at 16 per cent, it had to change. “We have to take it to a minimum of 25 per cent. That can only be achieved by putting in place a well-thought-out policy,” he said.

Automotive semiconductor market gears up for strong year

Source: evertiq, June 6 2011

Semiconductor content per vehicle varies based on make and model, trim level, environmental concerns, and regional government regulations. But, in 2011, the trickle-down effect of technology in automobiles is having a greater impact than originally anticipated. Sophisticated electronic systems, that were the exclusive domain of luxury-class vehicles a few years ago, have become more commonplace in mid-range and lower-priced automobiles. Consequently, in the mid-year update to its 2011 IC Market Drivers report, IC Insights has raised its forecast for average semiconductor content per automobile to USD 350 in 2011. This represents a 15% increase from the USD 305 average in 2010.

Report: Russia not keeping up with other BRICs

Source: Nicolas Mokhoff, EETimes, June 6 2011

Russia has the potential to grow at similar levels to the other BRICs, provided it takes policy action to raise competitiveness, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum. Over the past year, Russia's productivity has been stagnating and its three key assets, the educated workforce, natural resources, favorable geographical location combined with an important market size could thus not be capitalized upon, according to the just released The Russia Competitiveness Report 2011. Russia, which has been falling behind the emerging economies of China, India and Brazil, needs to, among other things, transfer knowledge and experience to hi-tech innovation thru the country’s availability of human capital and strong R&D capacities.

IBM initiates entrepreneur mentoring in six cities

Source: EETimes, June 7 2011

IBM is launching a series of IBM-NEN Mentor Melas in collaboration with the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) to focus on mentoring entrepreneurs in India with the knowledge, support and connections to achieve their greatest impact. Commencing on June 16th, the effort marks IBM's centennial celebration. To be held across six cities in the country–Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and NCR–the IBM-NEN Mentor Melas will comprise 12 mentoring sessions, in which nearly 400 volunteer IBM experts will mentor over 300 innovation-driven young entrepreneurs from a range of sectors, helping them overcome critical challenges. Each IBM mentor will have the opportunity to mentor three entrepreneurs, and each entrepreneur will have the opportunity to tap into the expertise of three IBM mentors, through separate 1:1 sessions that are facilitated and run by NEN in the mentor's city.

Maxim acquires Edinburgh-Based Calvatec Ltd.

Source: evertiq, June 7 2011

OEMs are piling on the touchscreen bandwagon, creating an instant ecosystem that could vanish just as fast if LCD makers decide to build the screens into their displays. Touchscreens have been available since the days of cathode-ray tubes, but the technology didn’t really catch on with consumers until mobile phone makers adopted it to solve the tiny-button problem. Now touchscreen smartphones and tablets collectively constitute the fastest-growing electronics market segment. According to DisplaySearch (Santa Clara, Calif.), shipments of touchscreen tablets are forecast to reach 60 million units in 2011 and could top 260 million units by 2016. Add to that the more than 400 million mobile phone touchscreens predicted by IHS iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.), and the total market could top $10 billion this year (see sidebar, last page).

EDA earns mixed grades in latest report card

Source: Nicolas Mokhoff, EETimes, June 7 2011

The proverbial analyst of the EDA industry predicted that design automation tools will become a $6.6 billion industry by 2015. But that watershed mark will only happen if EDA as an industry not only takes its responsibility for developing design tools that enable the IC design process seriously, but also "at a design cost that allows the ecosystem to operate at a profit," proclaimed Gary Smith.

Fleeing to foreign shores

Source: Graham Bowley, The New York Times, June 7 2011

Reva Medical, a maker of medical devices in San Diego, wanted to go public last year to raise money to satisfy impatient venture capitalists and finance research for its heart stents. But it found little investor interest in the United States for an early-stage medical device company that had not yet made a profit. Reva Medical did what a small but increasing number of young American companies are doing — it looked abroad for money, in Reva’s case the Australian stock exchange. After an eight-month road show, meeting investors and pitching the prospects of a biodegradable stent, the 12-year-old company sold 25 percent of its stock for $85 million in an initial public offering in December.

Qualcomm invests in MEMs firm

Source: EETimes, June 8 2011

Cavendish Kinetics Ltd has closed a financing round of $10 million, adding Qualcomm Inc. to its current investor group. The financing round was also participated by Tallwood Venture Capital, Wellington Partners Venture Capital and several other current investors. Cavendish Kinetics originally spun out of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge in 1994 with a view to using MEMS as miniature mechanical memory elements. The company is now focused on RF tuning and switching for mobile applications.

Magma and Fraunhofer IIS partner to accelerate analog macro cell design

Source: Julien Happich, EETimes, June 8 2011

Magma Design Automation announced a partnership with Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS to develop process-independent Titan FlexCell models of the Institute's analog intellectual property cores. Through the partnership, Magma will provide Fraunhofer IIS with access to Titan analog design accelerators and FineSim SPICE simulation technology and will assist in creating models of complex analog macro cells, including analog-digital converters. With the availability of a wider range of Titan FlexCells and expert consulting services, developers using Magma tools and Fraunhofer IIS IP can accelerate analog design implementation.

IHS: Apple ranked as top chip buyer in 2010

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, June 8 2011

Apple Inc. became the largest buyer of chips in 2010, overtaking Hewlett-Packard Co. by spending $17.5 billion to grab nearly 6 percent of global production, according to market research firm IHS-iSuppli. Apple's chip purchasing was up 79.6 percent from $9.7 billion in 2009. In that year Apple had been in third place behind HP and Samsung. It was sixth in 2008, IHS said.

WSTS raises 2011 chip market forecast

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, June 8 2011

IThe World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization has raised its forecast for the growth of the global chip market in 2011 to $314.4 billion, an annual increase of 5.4 percent. This is an increase from the forecast of November 2010 where WSTS predicted the 2011 chip market would grow by 4.5 percent. The 2011 growth will be followed by 7.6 percent annual growth to create a global chip market of $338.4 billion in 2012 followed by another 5.4 percent rise in 2013, according to the latest figures from WSTS. The 2012 is more bullish than the 5.6 percent growth WSTS had predicted.

Dipp's draft implementation is the key for manufacturing sector

Source: Rajiv Kumar & Chetan Bijesure, The Economic Times, June 9 2011

India's manufacturing sector grew by 5.1% in the first quarter of 2011 compared to 11.5% for developing countries , according to the latest Unido report . After a honeymoon of double-digit growth for a few quarters in 2009 and 2010, India's manufacturing sector has slowed down again. Perhaps , in 2011-12 , the manufacturing sector may not be able to sustain a growth of 8% achieved last year, given the spiralling of interest rates and a general dampening of growth sentiments . Many east Asian economies such as Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea and now Vietnam have either transformed or are being transformed into manufacturing destinations and India risks falling behind these smaller economies. Last year, Dipp released a discussion paper on a National Manufacturing Policy and announced its intention to have a policy in place soon thereafter.

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