ISA WINWire November 26 – December 3 2010


Sankalp Semiconductor selected as a 2010 Red Herring Asia Top100 Tech Startup

Source: EDA Café News, November 26 2010

Red Herring announced its Top 100 Asia Award in recognition of the leading private companies from Asia, celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries. Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype,, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work.


India, China and electric cars

Source: David Wilkins, The Independent, November 26 2010

Those are the subjects that are exercising the minds of leading motor industry managers and experts if discussions at this week's annual automotive sector conference at Barcelona's IESE, the leading Spanish business school, are anything to go by. That doesn't mean that traditional headaches such as distribution and the management of supplier relationships have gone away. At a time of change and turmoil, the event took place under the highly appropriate motto “Reinventing the Industry”.


2010 EE Times global salary and opinion survey

Source: George Leopold, EETimes, November 28 2010

It’s still a tough job market for engineers, but the worst may be over for a profession buffeted by the economic crisis, according to the results of the EE Times 2010 Salary & Opinion Survey. It’s still a tough job market for engineers, but the worst may be over for a profession buffeted by the economic crisis. According to the results of the EE Times 2010 Salary & Opinion Survey, conducted in September, more than half of the responding engineers in North America and China and three-quarters of the respondents in India received a pay increase during the past year. Further, better than half of the more than 5,000 respondents to our global survey said they continued to earn bonuses. Rising compensation packages were unheard of as recently as a year ago—a period when many engineers were hanging on by their fingernails.


FDI in renewable energy sector touch US$ 498 million in FY '10

Source: IBEF, November 30 2010

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in renewable energy sector has witnessed an upward trend and investment in 2009-10 has been robust, according to the Government. "The FDI in renewable sector has been growing rapidly. During 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10, the investment to the sector was $2.11 million, $43.15 million, $85.27 million and $497.91 million respectively," according to Mr Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in a written statement to Rajya Sabha.


VLSI cuts estimates for chip, tool markets

Source: Dylan McGrath, November 30 2010

This year has been a "two for one deal," with both semiconductors and chip manufacturing equipment cramming two typical years of growth into one year, resulting in overcapacity and declining chip prices, according to market research firm VLSI Research Inc. VLSI (Santa Clara, Calif.) revised its projections for the chip and chip equipment markets in 2011 and 2012. The firm said it now expects chip sales to increase only 4.4 percent to $248.6 billion in 2011 and grow an additional 7.9 percent in 2012. VLSI previously said it expected chip sales to grow by 8 percent next year.


Qualcomm, Ericsson demo LTE in India

Source: Kariyatil Krishnadas, EETimes, November 30 2010

Qualcomm and Ericsson have demonstrated LTE Time Division Duplex (TDD) mobility in India, including the ability to hand off calls between basestations. Wireless Broadband Business Services, one of Qualcomm’s India LTE partners, and Ericsson said they achieved LTE TDD outdoor mobility at 2.3 GHz Tuesday (Nov. 30) in northwestern India. The demo is part of Qualcomm’s strategy to accelerate the deployment of LTE in concert with 3G to drive the growth of mobile broadband in India. The demonstration streamed multiple, live HD video feeds to a mobile van, showing the ability to hand off between basestations while maintaining session continuity. The partners used Ericsson’s Radio Access Network and Evolved Packet Core technologies and USB dongles based on Qualcomm’s MDM9x00 multimode chip set that supports both LTE and 3G.


Qualcomm to launch broadband services next year

Source: Business Standard, November 30 2010

Qualcomm India today said it will commercially launch Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) services in the second half of 2011. "The devices (the chip) sets and the infrastructure would be ready by June next year, and in the second half, it (BWA service) will be ready for launch commercially," Qualcomm India and South Asia President Kanwalinder Singh said on the sidelines of an event here. The services would be offered in partnership with one or more operators, he added.


India, China marching ahead in hi-tech manufacturing: US

Source: The Economic Times, November 30 2010

The US is gradually losing ground to India and China in research and high-tech manufacturing, a top Obama Administration official has said, while highlighting the need to collaborate with the two countries in various fields. "Will we maintain America's innovation leadership, or are we going to fall behind? And I would say, let's seize this opportunity and we really can't afford not to," US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said at the National Press Club here yesterday.


Report: Broadcom acquires Israeli firm

Source: EETimes, November 30 2010

Broadcom Corp. last week acquired Israeli image processing vendor Sightic Vista Ltd. for between $10 million and $20 million, according to the online, English-language version of Israeli business daily Globes. According to the report, Broadcom confirmed the acquisition, but declined to provide additional details. Sightic declined to comment, according to the report.


France offers to buy 14% of ST, say reports

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, December 1 2010

France's strategic investment fund (FSI) has offered to buy a 14 percent stake in Europe's largest chip company, STMicroelectronics NV, for around 700 million euro (about $900 million), according to local reports. The offer is for all of the holding of the Areva Group, a French conglomerate best known for its interests in nuclear energy and which is 78 percent owned by the state-owned CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique). However, the FSI's offer is below the stock market value of the holdings which stands at almost 900 million euro, according to the reports.


Broadcom engineer receives prestigious IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

Source: EDA Café News, December 1 2010

Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM) announced today that Dr. Arogyaswami Paulraj, who recently joined Broadcom from Beceem Communications, has been named the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the organization's most prestigious honor. In its award citation, the IEEE's Board of Directors said that in its efforts to recognize "exceptional achievements in our profession," Dr. Paulraj was selected "for pioneering contributions to the application of multiantenna technology to wireless communications systems."


Indian medical electronics industry valued at Rs. 3,850 crores: ISA

Source: PC’s Semiconductor’s Blog, December 2 2010

ISA has released a sector report on the opportunities in the Indian medical electronics field, 2010. The report was released by Dr. Devi Shetty, CMD of Narayana Hrudayalaya. Dr. Bobby Mitra, ISA chairman, Poornima Shenoy, ISA president and Vivek Sharma, convener of the ISA Medical Electronics Segment were also present. Key findings:

* Medical electronics is valued at Rs. 3,850 crores of the Indian overall healthcare market of Rs. 300,000 crores.
* The Indian medical electronics market growth is taking place due to some key features, which are unique to this country:
- Changing demographics and age profile which is prone to spend more on healthcare.
- Rise of lifestyle diseases and the need for their diagnosis.
- The need to fill the gap in healthcare infrastructure through public-private-partnership.
- Growth in medical tourism to address international needs.
- Entry of corporate into the healthcare arena.
- Increase in healthcare spend due to increase in healthcare insurance.
- Usage of semiconductors is critical from power supply to display in medical equipment. This includes medical imaging, patient monitoring systems, digital hearing aids and infusion pumps, to name a few.

Dr. Vidya Mulky, Head – Research at ISA, said: “By the end of 2015, the medical equipment electronics market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 17 percent to reach around $2 billion from $0.8 billion in 2009. This is a powerful tool to address the country’s needs across various segments of society.

” Vivek Sharma, Regional VP- Greater China and South Asia- India Operations, ST Microelectronics and ISA convener, Medical Electronics Segment, added: “Estimated at $63 billion, India’s healthcare expenditure represents about 1-1.5 percent of the total worldwide healthcare bill. "With approximately 17 percent of the world’s population living here, there is a huge opportunity to improve peoples’ lives and grow businesses. Medical electronics is a critical enabler for this industry. With the arrival of nanotechnology, telemedicine and innovative semiconductor devices, the industry is well poised to help India leapfrog onto a new level of quality healthcare by driving the dimensions of Affordability and Accessibility.”


Medical equipment electronics in India to touch $2 bn in 2015

Source: Business Standard, December 3 2010

Indian medical equipment electronics market is expected to reach $2 billion (about Rs 9,000 crore) by the end of 2015, according to a study conducted by the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA). The medical equipment electronics market is now valued at around Rs 3,850 crore, and is growing at a CAGR of 17 per cent. “The overall Indian healthcare market is valued at around $63 billion (Rs 3 lakh crore). By the end of 2015, the medical equipment electronics market is expected to reach around $2 billion from the current $0.8 billion,” said Vidya Mulky, ISA head (research). Cashing in on the growing needs of the medical equipment sector, the ISA has taken steps to promote policies and initiatives to encourage domestic equipment manufacture. The association is also planning to support and sponsor research and development of medical equipment and also to promote export-based equipment market in India. ISA president Poornima Shenoy said, “The medical equipment market is witnessing more traction, and even semiconductor start-up companies are focusing on medical equipment business.” The study lists the growth of medical tourism, entry of corporates into the healthcare business, rise of lifestyle diseases as some of the reasons for the stupendous growth of Indian health industry. Narayana Hrudayalaya managing director Devi Prasad Shetty said, “Healthcare technologies should be ubiquitous and affordable to the poor in the country. Usage of semiconductor and technology is critical to reduce the cost of equipments and it will help in taking the best practices of healthcare to the common man.” Narayana Hrudayalaya is planning to open 90 specialty hospitals in various smaller cities across India with hi-tech facilities to provide affordable healthcare to the rural population. 


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