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SIXTH-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

ISA WINWire November 4 - 11 2011


 

Govt to unveil National Telecom Policy in January 2012

Source: moneylife, November 4 2011http://www.moneylife.in/article/govt-to-unveil-national-telecom-policy-in-january-2012/21163.html /

The much-awaited National Telecom Policy-2011 will be unveiled in January next year, reports PTI quoting telecom minister Kapil Sibal. The policy was earlier expected to be unveiled by December this year but delays in receiving recommendations have pushed the date to next year. “The (draft) policy I have already announced as I had committed. Industry wants some more time to respond, we will give them time. All what will happen is finalisation of the policy will happen in January instead of December,” Mr Sibal said here at an event. He added that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations on the National Telecom Policy have just come in and the Department of Telecom (DoT) is looking into the same. “The TRAI recommendations have just come, we will consider them, call Telecom Commission (meet)... move to Cabinet,” Mr Sibal said.

Silicon Valley wows educators, and woos them

Source: Matt Richtel, The New York Times, November 4 2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/technology/apple-woos-educators-with-trips-to-silicon-valley.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha25

Three times over the last two years, school officials from Little Falls, Minn., have escaped the winter cold for two-day trips to Silicon Valley. Their destination: the headquarters of Apple. In visits the officials described as inspirational, they checked out the company’s latest gadgets, discussed the instructional value of computers with high-level Apple executives and engineers, and dined with them and other educators at trendy restaurants. Apple paid for meals and their stay at a nearby inn. The visits paid off for Apple too — to the tune of $1.2 million in sales. In September, Little Falls handed out iPads to 1,700 of its 2,500 students at a celebration in the school gym. And a few days earlier, 200 teachers got a pep talk via video chat from an Apple executive whom the school superintendent had come to know during his company visits. “Both my visits there have been extraordinary,” said Curt Tryggestad, superintendent of the Little Falls Community Schools, who visited Cupertino in 2010 and earlier this year. “I was truly amazed to sit in a room with Apple vice presidents, people who were second in command to Steve Jobs.”

Top 20 chip firms set to outgrow market

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, November 4 2011 http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4230363/Top-20-chip-firms-set-to-outgrow-market

By most analysts' estimates, the semiconductor industry is forecast to grow only slightly in 2011, but that won't stop some chip companies from achieving significantly higher growth, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc. For example, buoyed by a projected 73 percent growth in smartphones, handset chip vendor Qualcomm Inc. is expected to grow sales by about 33 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, according to IC Insights. With projected revenue of about $9.59 billion, Qualcomm is set to move to No. 8 in chip sales in 2011, up from No. 10 in 2010, according to the firm. At the other end of the spectrum, Japanese memory chip vendor Elpida Memory Inc. is expected to register a sales decline of 39 percent in 2011, according to IC Insights, which added that Elpida's slide is likely to be closer to 50 percent when stated in Japanese yen. With projected sales of about $3.95 billion, Elpida is projected to slip to No. 19 in semiconductor sales in 2011, down from No. 13 last year, according IC Insights.

IBM, Intel to help India upgrade Aakash PC

Source: CIOL, November 7 2011 http://www.ciol.com/News/News-Reports/IBM,-Intel-to-help-India-upgrade-Aakash-PC/156157/0//

India is open to collaboration with international companies for future development of Aakash tablet, which could make the low-cost device available for children across the world, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said on Monday. Sibal, who is here to attend the Goa Think Fest conclave, called upon the companies wanted to collaborate with Indian government on Aakash. "We want the tablet PC to be not only for the children of India, but for the children of the world. IBM and Intel are keen to collaborate with India for further development of this product," he said. The $35 tablet was launched last month for Indian college students.The minister said that during his visit to UNESCO, he found that Aakash had caught the attention of world leaders.

Synopsys awarded TSMC's Interface IP Partner of the Year

Source: D & R, November 7 2011 http://www.design-reuse.com/news/27724/synopsys-tsmc-interface-ip-partner.html

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems, today announced that it received TSMC's 2011 Interface IP Partner of the Year Award. Synopsys was selected based on customer feedback, TSMC-9000 compliance, technical support excellence and number of customer tapeouts. Synopsys' DesignWare® Interface IP portfolio includes widely used protocols such as USB, DDR, PCI Express, HDMI, MIPI and SATAthat are offered in a broad range of processes from 180-nanometer (nm) to 28-nm. "Our selection of Synopsys is an endorsement of their successful TSMC-9000 compliance and commitment to excellent customer support," said Suk Lee, director of design infrastructure marketing at TSMC. "Our ongoing collaboration with Synopsys results in our mutual customers getting the IP they need to meet their SoC design goals."

Wipro among top global companies for leaders

Source: CIOL, November 8 2011 http://www.ciol.com/News/News-Reports/Wipro-among-top-global-companies-for-leaders/156212/0/

Wipro today announced that it was the only Indian IT company ranked in the prestigious Aon Hewitt ‘Top Companies for Leaders’ global list. The ‘Top Companies for Leaders’ study is conducted by Aon Hewitt, a global human resource consulting firm, in partnership with The RBL Group, a strategic HR and leadership advisory firm, and Fortune magazine. This year's winners were selected and ranked by an expert panel of independent judges based on criteria including strength of leadership practices and culture, examples of leader development on a global scale, alignment of business and leadership strategy, business performance and company reputation. At Wipro, leadership development training is not an event, but a process of a continuous cycle of learning, measuring and participating.

Qualcomm acquires wireless EV charging firm

Source: EETimes, November 8 2011 http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4230426/Qualcomm-acquires-wireless-EV-charging-firm?cid=NL_EETimesDaily

Qualcomm Inc. announced Tuesday (Nov. 8) it has acquired substantially all of the technology and other assets of HaloIPT, a provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. All members of the HaloIPT team have joined Qualcomm's European Innovation Development group based in the U.K., Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif.) said. "Building on 20 years of development and innovation in wireless power at the University of Auckland and its commercialization company Auckland UniServices Ltd., the HaloIPT team, in a relatively short period of time, had established itself as a leading developer in wireless electric road vehicle charging—with HaloIPT winning industry acclamation and awards," said Andrew Gilbert, executive vice president of European Innovation Development for Qualcomm, in a statement.

Bosch sets up research centre at IISc

Source: Business Standard, November 9 2011http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/bosch-setsresearch-centre-at-iisc/454860/

Bosch has announced the launch of the Robert Bosch Center for Research in Cyber Physical Systems at the Indian Institute of Science here on Tuesday. The center was inaugurated by the former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. The establishment of this center is part of the global initiative ‘Bosch InterCampus Programme’ that aims to achieve lasting improvements in research conditions for undergraduates and scientists in the university sphere. In this way the programme aims to accelerate progress in the highly promising fields of the environment, energy, and mobility. Cyber-physical systems will address green technology for instance and conserve energy in buildings. The house of the future will know what current energy prices are and the local weather is like, and optimise its energy consumption according to the needs of its occupants.

Samsung reigns in smartphone market

Source: EETimes, November 9 2011http://www.eetasia.com/ART_8800655257_499495_NT_0b8eaa4d.HTM

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is leading the smartphone market, according to market watcher International Data Corp. (IDC). IDC said the smartphone market grew 42.6 percent YoY in the third quarter of 2011 despite slowdown within key mature markets. IDC also reported in its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker that vendors shipped 118.1 million units in 3Q11 compared to 82.8 million units in the 3Q10. However, the 42.6 percent growth was lower than IDC's forecast of 49.1 percent for the quarter and lower than 2Q11 growth of 66.7 percent. Smartphone growth came in lower than expected due to the delayed launch of the updated AppleiPhone. In previous years, the introduction of a new iPhone resulted in a spike in shipment volumes during the third quarter. Western Europe and the United States, two key regions for the iPhone launch each year, still posted sizable year-over-year gains, but lower than anticipated. Nonetheless, the worldwide market grew by double digits, underscoring the growing popularity of smartphones.

Applied Materials completes acquisition of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates

Source: MarketWatch, November 10 2011http://www.marketwatch.com/story/applied-materials-completes-acquisition-of-varian-semiconductor-equipment-associates-2011-11-10

Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) today announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.(NASDAQ:VSEA) . The acquisition of Varian enhances Applied's extensive portfolio with market-leading ion implantation technology, a market that represents an annual opportunity approaching $1.5 billion. "Global demand for mobile devices with higher performance and longer battery life is fueling new innovations in semiconductor technology focused on the complex transistors at the heart of next generation chips," said Mike Splinter, chairman and chief executive officer of Applied Materials. "The combination of Applied and Varian will create the industry leader in transistor technologies and allow us to partner with our customers to find innovative solutions for smaller, faster, power-efficient devices." The new Varian Semiconductor Equipment business unit is based in Gloucester, MA, and is led by Bob Halliday, group vice president and general manager. Mr. Halliday reports to Dr. Randhir Thakur, executive vice president and general manager of Applied's Silicon Systems Group, which supplies semiconductor manufacturing technology to every chipmaker around the world.


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