ISA WINWire May 06 - 13 2011

Indian semiconductor market sees record growth

Source: K.C. Krishnadas, Techonline, May 5 2011

The global semiconductor market’s cyclical trends had very little impact on India in2010, with its semiconductor market growing by 28 percent in 2010 to reach $6.55 billion, according to a report. Of this market, the use of semiconductors in equipment manufactured in India (mostly by foreign-owned firms in their factories here, though) accounted for just under half the total value of the Indian semiconductor market.

Kapil Sibal favours incentives for pushing local manufacturing

Source: EETimes, May 5 2011

Telecom minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday held discussions with industry representatives on promoting IT and electronics hardware manufacturing and favoured that the Finance Ministry should provide fiscal incentives for the purpose, sources said. They said Sibal was of the view that fiscal incentives must be provided by the Finance Ministry to telecom service providers for using local products to promote manufacturing.

Broadcom buying smart-card security specialist SC Square

Source: Elizabeth Heichler, Computerworld, May 8 2011

Chip maker Broadcom said Sunday that it will pay US$41.9 million for SC Square, a move that will bring expertise in smart-card security to the Irvine, California, architect of silicon for communications equipment. Broadcom's cash purchase of the Israeli security software firm, which is subject to unspecified closing conditions, is expected to close by June 30, Broadcom said.

Japan crisis impacts 2-wheeler deliveries

Source: Anuradha Shukla, India Today, May 9 2011

It is not just the fourwheelers manufacturing that are facing a shortage of automobile components, even two-wheeler makers in the country are facing this problem. This has resulted in buyers having to wait for periods ranging from two months to 11 months. "The problem of parts shortage is not just with four-wheelers; it is also the case with the two-wheelers. In many models, the waiting periods are two months to five months. Most of the auto manufacturers are citing shortage of auto parts as the reason for the delay," said an official of the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA).

IBM draws up 5-year India roadmap

Source: The Times of India, May 9 2011

Big Blue is turning 100 on June 16. As part of its centenary celebration, IBM in India has drawn up a five-year roadmap with a focus on emerging markets, business analytics, cloud computing and smarter planet. IBM India managing director Shanker Annaswamy said the company services 700 large global clients from India. "The domestic market itself is very important for us. Telecom sector will be the main focus area for us, while banking, financial services, infrastructure, enterprise data warehousing and cloud computing will other spaces of importance for us in India."

Freescale files for IPO to raise $1 billion

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, May 9 2011

Freescale Semiconductor, the U.S. chip company that spun off from Motorola in 2004 and taken private by a private equity consortium in 2006, has filed for an initial public offering of common shares. Freescale Semiconductor Holdings I Ltd. of Bermuda plans to sell 43,500,000 common shares at a price of between $22 and $24 per share, which would raise between $957 million and $1.04 billion. This would be about one fifth or sixth of the shares outstanding after the issuance of the shares.

Xilinx acquires Modelware and expands communications portfolio

Source: Clive Maxfield, EETimes, May 9 2011

The folks at Xilinx have just announced a major expansion of their communications portfolio to accelerate the implementation of new packet processing, switching, and traffic management solutions for meeting the exponential growth in demand for high-bandwidth and feature-reach quality of service (QoS). This expansion includes the acquisition of Modelware, a leading provider of traffic management/packet processing silicon intellectual property (IP) cores and reference designs that simplify system development and enable greater differentiation for networking applications supporting 10G, 40G, 100G and beyond.

Microchip acquires Thai IC-assembly firm

Source: Mark LaPedus, EE Times, May 10 2011

AMicrochip Technology Inc. has acquired Millennium Microtech Thailand (MMT), a provider of assembly and test services for semiconductor manufacturers. The Thai company, was incorporated in 1999 and operates an IC packaging and testing plant located near Bangkok. It also operates in China with Millennium Microtech Shanghai (MMS) Co. Ltd, a 51 percent subsidiary of the company that was incorporated in 1995 in China under a Sino-foreign JV agreement. MMS operates an IC packaging and testing plant located in Shanghai.

MNC’s may fund, run 20 new IIITs

Source: India Education Review, May 10 2011

Foreign multinational companies working in India may soon be able to collaborate with the government to run the 20 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs). The IIITs will be based on public-private partnership model and foreign firms like Yahoo! and Google will be eligible to partner with the Centre in running them. HRD minister Kapil Sibal had constituted a panel under former Infosys human resources head TV Mohandas Pai which has made several recommendations to the ministry regarding the operations of 20 new IIITs.

Infineon buys Qimonda Dresden assets

Source: Colin Holland, EETimes, May 10 2011

Real estate and manufacturing facilities owned by Qimonda Dresden have been sold to Infineon Technologies Dresden by the insolvency administrator managing Qimonda's assets. Real estate and manufacturing facilities owned by Qimonda Dresden GmbH & Co. have been sold to Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH by the insolvency administrator managing Qimonda's assets. The real estate borders directly on the Infineon premises in Dresden, Germany and the €100.6 million (about $144 million) purchase covers cleanroom and manufacturing facilities as well as 300mm manufacturing equipment. The insolvency administrator had kept the cleanroom facilities operational after the insolvency proceedings were opened.

Cadence acquires Altos Design Automation

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, May 10 2011

Cadence Design Systems said it acquired fellow EDA vendor Altos Design Automation Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. SAN FRANCISCO—Cadence Design Systems Inc. said Tuesday (May 10) it acquired fellow EDA vendor Altos Design Automation Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Altos (Campbell, Calif.) provides tools that enable fast, accurate characterization of memory, standard cell libraries and other foundation IP, generating required models for SoC implementation. Cadence said that when combined with Cadence's end-to-end Silicon Realization portfolio, the offering gives customers greater visibility into the effects of noise, timing and power at every phase of the design cycle, including foundation IP design creation, extraction, SPICE simulation and implementation.

National Solar Mission gathers momentum with new projects

Source: Viraj Desai, The Economic Times, May 11 2011

The National Solar Mission is gathering momentum as more number of projects move towards financial closure and achieve land acquisition, the review meeting of projects noted. The appraised projects include smaller projects of 1 mw and 2 mw, 5 mw solar photovoltaic projects and large scale solar thermal projects. While 80% of the project developers under the rooftop and small solar generation programme have finalised the technology, majority of them have confirmed land acquisitions. According to the reports, 24 project developers confirmed financial closure.

Renesas opens R&D centre in Bangalore

Source: The Hindu Business Line, May 11 2011

Renesas Mobile Corporation, a supplier of advanced cellular platforms and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation, plans to invest $115 million in five years in India. On Wednesday, it announced the inauguration of its R&D centre in Bangalore which develops 2G, 3G and 4G modem technologies. Renesas Mobile is a newly formed company and started operations on December 1, 2010 with Renesas Electronics acquiring the wireless modem group of Nokia Corporation.

Rambus signs definitive agreement to acquire Cryptography Research

Source: EDA Café News, May 13 2011

Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBS), one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a leading semiconductor security R&D and licensing company. Rambus plans to acquire CRI for an aggregate of $342.5 million comprised of $167.5 million in cash, approximately 6.4 million shares of Rambus stock, and $50 million payable to CRI employees in cash or stock over three years. This acquisition will expand the breadth of Rambus’ breakthrough technologies available for licensing with complementary technologies from CRI that include patented innovations and solutions for content protection, network security, anti-counterfeiting and financial services. Rambus estimates that this acquisition will be accretive on a pro forma basis in 2013.

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