ISA WINWire March 25 – April 1 2011

Renesas leads way for automotive semiconductor market

Source: evertiq, March 25 2011

According to Semicast Research, Renesas Electronics was the leading supplier of semiconductors to the automotive sector in 2010, ahead of Infineon Technologies. Freescale Semiconductor, for many years the leading supplier of automotive semiconductors, dropped to fourth place behind STMicroelectronics, while Bosch gained one place to move up to fifth. Semicast’s automotive semiconductor market share analysis ranks Renesas Electronics as the leading supplier in 2010, with an estimated market share of 11.0%. Renesas Electronics, which was formed on 1 April 2010 following the merger of Renesas Technology and NEC Electronics, held a substantial lead over the second placed supplier, Infineon Technologies, which in 2010 had an estimated market share of 7.9%.

India Semiconductor Association (ISA) celebrates women in technology

Source: India Electronic News, March 25 2011

The ISA’s Women in Technology Forum today organized a panel discussion on success, challenges and growth strategies for women in the technology sector. The panel discussion was inaugurated by Shukla Bose, Founder & CEO of Parikrma Humanity Foundation and a role model, who had made a successful transition into social entrepreneurship. The panel included seasoned industry experts like S Balajee, Director, Wireless IC Engineering (India),Texas Instruments India; Nirmala Kamath, Executive Vice President, Tata Sky Ltd; Anita M Biddappa, General Manager, ASICs & IP Development, IBM Systems and Technology Group India and Dr. Kiranmai Pendyala, Head HR, AMD India. The panel shared opinions on strategies to increase contribution of women in the electronics industry.

Investing like it’s 1999

Source: Evelyn M. Rusli, Verne G. Kopytoff, The New York Times, March 27 2011

Banks pouring money into technology funds, wealthy clients and institutions clamoring to get pieces of start-ups, expectations of stock market debuts building — as Wall Street’s machinery kicks into second gear, some investors with memories of the Internet bust a decade earlier are wondering whether this sudden burst of activity spells danger for the industry once again. With all this exuberance, valuations are soaring. Investments in Facebook and Zynga have more than quintupled the implied worth of each company in the last two years. The social shopping site Groupon is said to be considering an initial public offering that would value the company at $25 billion. Less than a year ago, the company was valued at $1.4 billion.

National Knowledge Network to connect all IITs

Source: Suresh K Tiwary,, March 28 2011

All the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the country will be connected with the National Knowledge Network (NKN) within next two years. "In view of the shortage of faculties, the government is making efforts to connect all IITs in the country through this Network within next two years, so that the study of the students in these institutes is not affected," Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibbal said. He said the government was also in process of preparing ‘Open Source of Materials’ for hundreds of courses with the help of specialist professionals.

ISA leadership team announced

Source: India Techonline, March 29 2011

The Executive Council of the India Semiconductor Association for 2011-12 has been announced:

Left to Right standing: Guru Ganesan,Managing Director, ARM Embedded Technologies Pvt Ltd. Bangalore, Rajesh Ram Mishra, Vice President - Product Engineering Solution, Wipro Technologies Ltd., Dr. Praveen Vishakantaiah, President Intel India, Intel Technology (I) Pvt. Ltd., Sanjeev Keskar , Managing Director- Sales ( India & SEA), PMC Sierra (I) Pvt. Ltd and Sanjay Nayak, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Tejas Networks Ltd. L-R(Sitting): Parag Mehta, Managing Director and General Manager, Qlogic India Pvt. Ltd. ,Pune, Dr. Satya Narayan Gupta, Chief Executive Officer & President, Concept2Silicon Systems Pvt. Ltd(ISA Vice Chairman), Dr. Pradip K Dutta, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director, Synopsys (I) Pvt Ltd ( ISA Chairman) Neeraj Paliwal, Vice President and NXP India Country Manager, NXP Semiconductors India Bangalore, Ganapathy Subramaniam, Chief Executive officer, Cosmic Circuits Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore and Poornima Shenoy, ISA President.

Manufacturing sector on right track, but needs to gain momentum: Unido

Source: Sharad Raghavan, Indian Express, March 30 2011

India is big in manufacturing but is not really there where the profit margins are the highest. The global yearbook on manufacturing released by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) on Tuesday, showed up the promise in the Indian manufacturing sector and also the catching up it has to do to improve its current 9th rank in the list of leading manufacturers of the world as of 2010. The asysmmtry also explains why employment growth has not taken off in Indian manufacturing. The number one spot in the Unido list is still held by the US with China at second place. But after that the difference between the countries ranked 5th to 10th — Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, France, Italy, India and Brazil — narrows and so ranks keep on changing. Republic of Korea at the 5th position contributes to 3.2 per cent of the world manufacturing value added (MVA) while Brazil at the 10th place contributes just a shade lower at 1.7 per cent. India ranks above Brazil.

Worldwide manufacture braces itself for semiconductor shortage

Source: Iain Bowles, EETimes, March 30 2011

Semiconductors are used to manufacture a broad variety of complex technology based components used in everything from cars to LCDs. And the resulting global shortage of this unique resin will drive semi-conductor manufacturing delays and costs up, which will be passed through the supply chain to end user prices. Car plants in the USA and Germany have already confirmed they are looking closely at their supply chain to define future product levels; many are heavily reliant on electronic component manufacture in Japan.

Microchip announces scholarship program in India

Source: K.C. Krishnadas, Techonline.India, March 30 2011

Microchip Technology has announced its first scholarship awards programme in India to recognize budding talent in embedded systems design and electronic engineering and provide upcoming talent the opportunity to work on the latest technology in embedded architecture. It has awarded scholarships to 22 students from colleges such as IIT Chennai, IIT Delhi, NIT Kurukshetra, PES College (Bangalore), Manipal Institute of Technology (Karnataka), SDM Institute of Technology (Ujire), Nam Chand College of Engineering, Panipat, Haryana and K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering (Mumbai). The students have worked on innovative projects using the Microchip PIC microcontrollers such as microcontroller controlled wheelchair for physically impaired, RFID card reader for multiple end applications, GPS System for student ‘Formula 1’ car race and the like.

VLSI Research ups IC forecast

Source: Mark LaPedus, Techonline.India, March 31 2011

VLSI Research Inc. has increased its IC forecast amid stronger-than-expected demand in the first quarter. IC sales for 2011 are now expected to increase 12.2 percent, compared to the previous forecast of 8.9 percent. ''The first quarter came in so hot,'' said G. Dan Hutcheson, CEO of VLSI Research. In Q1, IC sales were up 11.6 percent, compared to a historical rate of minus 1.8 percent for the period, according to the firm. IC unit growth was also bumped up from 11 percent to 14 percent. ''The primary reason for raising the IC forecast is that Q1 has set a high base for the year,'' according to the firm.

Infineon Technologies invests USD 160 million to expand capacity and R&D in Malaysia

Source: Julien Happich, EETimes, March 31 2011

Infineon Technologies announced it will invest 160 million US dollars this year to expand its production capacity, research & development and to upgrade its manufacturing facilities in Malacca, Malaysia. The investment will mainly increase the capacity to produce power semiconductors for energy efficiency applications and will add 350 jobs in Malacca in 2011. Today, Infineon employs nearly 7,000 employees in Malacca. This investment is another step by Infineon to expand its presence in Asia and to integrate more tightly into local market structures. In the fiscal year 2010, Infineon generated 42 percent of its revenues in the Asia region including Japan. “In order to be successful in Asia you have to do more than just business. It is about recognizing the culture and becoming a part of society. We aim to create local value added, contribute knowhow and employ and groom talents,” says Peter Bauer, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG.

US CEOs becoming more willing to hire

Source: CIOL, March 31 2011

U.S. chief executives' view of the economy brightened in the first quarter, with more than half now ready to add jobs -- a critical step if the economy's recovery is to gain steam. The Business Roundtable's quarterly CEO Economic Outlook survey found that 52 per cent of the 142 CEOs who responded to the survey plan to add staff in the United States over the next six months -- the highest reading since the group began doing the survey in late 2002. The CEO economic outlook index also hit a record high.

IBM opens power R&D lab in Taipei

Source: EETimes, April 1 2011

IBM Corp. has opened a Power Systems Development Laboratory in Taipei City, Taiwan, which expands the mission of its Taiwan Systems and Technology Laboratory (TSTL). TSTL is part of IBM's Greater China STG Development Lab, a hub for R&D in storage and other systems architectures. At the opening of the new laboratory, Edward Yu, general manager of IBM Taiwan, said that "The talented, technical workforce in Taiwan, its healthy ecosystem of world-class universities, business partners and suppliers continue to make the island a hub for valuable, high-end IT expertise."

India to create 1.6 Million jobs in 2011: Survey

Source: Silicon India, April 1 2011

For the second successive year, more than one million new jobs will be created in India's organised sector in 2011, led by the healthcare sector, but there will be no attractive pay hikes for those in harness, states a survey on employment opportunities released. Another dampening factor is that there will not be any attractive compensation package for freshers as the wage bill hike across sectors for 2011 is pegged between 8.82 percent and 12 percent, says the Ma Foi Randstad Employment Survey. According to the survey, around 1.6 million new jobs will be created in 2011 on the back of capacity expansion by companies.

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