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ISA WINWire October 28 - November 4 2011


GLOBALFOUNDRIES Board of Directors Appoints Ajit Manocha Chief Executive Officer

Source: MarketWatch, October 31 2011

GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ajit Manocha as the company's Chief Executive Officer on a permanent basis, effective immediately. He had served as interim CEO since June. Manocha is a veteran semiconductor industry executive with more than 30 years of global expertise in operations, general management, and manufacturing. As interim CEO, Manocha has played a critical role in strengthening GLOBALFOUNDRIES, focusing on improving operations, increasing customer engagement, and laying the groundwork for technology leadership in the future. "The Board worked diligently to review and interview a number of outstanding candidates who had excellent qualifications to become our CEO," said Jim Norling, Chairman of the GLOBALFOUNDRIES Board of Directors. "We were excited to see the caliber of individuals who were eager to lead this company. In the end, we decided the best candidate is in-house and we're extremely pleased that Ajit has accepted our offer to become our permanent CEO."

IBM India develops solar-powered data centre

Source: The Economic Times, November 1 2011

One of the biggest costs in a data centre is power cost. Power is needed to fire the servers and storage systems. And since these systems heat up, power is again required to cool the systems with airconditioning. In the dot-com era, data centres consumed 1 or 2 MW. Now it's common to find facilities that require 20 MW, and already some of them expect to use ten times as much in the years to come. For countries, data centre power consumption is expected to put an enormous burden on their power grids. Not surprisingly, an enormous amount of innovation, right from the semiconductor level, is today going into finding solutions to reduce power consumption in computing systems. IBM's India Software Lab in Bangalore has just contributed towards that. It has developed a system to run data centres on solar power, and is making it commercially available, perhaps the first such commercial offering in the world.

National Manufacturing Policy – need for a cautious approach

Source: Bikky Khosla, SME Times, November 1 2011

The government announced the nation's first-ever manufacturing policy recently -- the news looks good. It is an undeniable fact that the health of the manufacturing sector, which relies largely on government support, is the key to a healthy economy. This sweaty business can propel economic growth and create million of jobs. Seen from this angle, the National Manufacturing Policy, which I think should have come much earlier, is certainly a welcome development. The manufacturing policy, as widely reported in the media, aims at increasing sectoral share of manufacturing in GDP to at least 25 percent, creating 100 million jobs in the next 10 years, cutting industry red tape, incentivizing green technology and infrastructure development, and liberalising labour and environment regulations, among many others. All these goals are desirable but ambitious, and if proper planning and efforts are not put on implementing the policy, the whole plan may turn futile in the coming years. The biggest challenge, I think, is the implementation of the policy.

ARM buys optimization tools company

Source: Colin Holland, EETimes, November 1 2011

Prolific Inc., which develops IC design optimization software tools that reduce development time and improve the performance of cell-based designs has been acquired by ARM Holdings. The employees of Prolific, a privately-owned company based in Newark, Calif., will become part of the ARM Physical IP team based in San Jose, Calif. "We have been successfully collaborating with Prolific for a number of years," said Simon Segars, EVP and GM, Physical IP Division, ARM. "The technology and expertise that will come with this acquisition will expand our capabilities to accelerate ecosystem adoption of advanced process nodes at 20nm and below." Prolific was founded by Dr. Paul de Dood in 1995, having previously managed the Library and Full-Chip Integration Group for the Sun Microsystems UltraSparc and UltraSparc-II product lines. The company's web site says it has been profitable every year of its existence Prolific's tools work with those from Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor, and Magma. Products include ProGenesis, ProTiming (an add-on for Synopsys PrimeTime), ProPower (an add-on for ProTiming) and ProDFMOptimizer.

Thailand flood exerts broad impact on electronics supply chain, says IHS iSuppli

Source: EDA Café, November 2 2011

The catastrophic flooding in Thailand is affecting the production of several key end products, electronic parts and subsystems—most notably automobiles, car components, cameras, analog and discrete semiconductors, and hard disk drives. The disruption to the electronics supply chain is having an indirect impact in turn on the production of other devices and systems, including notebook PCs, dynamic random access memory (DRAM), cameras and set-top boxes. Beyond Thailand itself, the worst-impacted country is Japan, which maintains extensive manufacturing operations in areas affected by the disaster. As a result of the flooding, the HDD industry in the fourth quarter will suffer its worst downturn in three years. HDD shipments in the fourth quarter will decline to 125 million units, down 27.7 percent from 173 million in the third quarter, as presented in the figure attached. The drop is the largest sequential decrease on a percentage basis since the fourth quarter of 2008 when shipments fell 21.2 percent during the worst point of the last electronics downturn. IHS estimates that 30 percent of HDD production in the fourth quarter this year will be lost because of the disaster. This will result in a significant shortage of HDDs.

Google offers free websites to small Indian firms

Source: CIOL, November 2 2011

Google Inc said it will offer free websites to small and medium businesses in India in a move to boost Internet usage in Asia's third-largest economy and aims to get half a million of these businesses online in the next three years. India is the world's second-biggest mobile phone market with about 870 million users, butInternet penetration is low. About 100 million, or less than a tenth of a country of 1.2 billion people, use Internet although that still makes it the world's third-biggest Internet user market. The country is home to an estimated 8 million small and medium businesses, of which about 400,000 have a website and 100,000 have active online presence, Google said in a presentation on Wednesday. The online commerce, or e-commerce, market in India is small now but few people doubt one day it will be a big business in the country. Google said in the presentation e-commerce in India has hit an "inflection point." "We want to build an ecosystem...We are investing in the market," Nikesh Arora, Google's chief business officer, told reporters in the capital, adding the country was not a big revenue market yet but a good user market.

Small chipmakers see macro economy hurting Q4

Source: Sruthi Ramakrishnan, Reuters, November 2 2011

Smaller chipmakers warned of tough times ahead for the sector as macroeconomic uncertainties squeeze customer spending, echoing sentiments expressed by larger rivals such as Texas Instruments last month. On Wednesday, smaller chipmakers EZchip Semiconductor and Silicon Motion Technology Corp posted estimate-beating results for the third quarter, but forecast a sequential decline in their fourth-quarter revenue. Global chipmakers and foundries have been battling falling demand as the industry was hit by supply chain disruptions due to the March earthquake in Japan and customer inventory adjustments. Semiconductor makers across the board, including STMicroelectronics, CSR and Broadcom, have seen sales slowing due to weak spending and a slowdown in PC shipments. Research firm Gartner has slashed its 2011 forecast for PC shipments growth to 9.3 percent, from nearly 14 percent last year.

India will be 5th largest economy: BCG

Source: Hindustan Times, November 3 2011

India will become the 5th-largest economy in the world by 2020 ahead of France, United Kingdom and Italy driven by high growth in consumption and investment, according to consulting major the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). India’s consumption is set to explode relative to the rest of the world. Indian consumption basket which is a third of Japan currently will increase to almost twice the size of Japan by 2030, it said. “The infrastructure sector is expected to see an investment of upto $1trillion over the next plan ( 2012-17),” it said. During the last 10 years India has added 120 new billion dollar companies

Freescale's Beyer elected SIA chairman

Source: EETimes, November 3 2011

Rich Beyer, chairman and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor Inc., has been elected chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) board of directors for 2012, the SIA said Thursday (Nov. 3). Beyer will replace Ray Stata, chairman of Analog Devices Inc., who served as the SIA's 2011 chairman. "Rich’s background in systems and semiconductors and his wide variety of leadership roles throughout the industry will help to advance SIA's public policy goal to strengthen and maintain a thriving semiconductor industry in America," said Brian Toohey, SIA president, in a statement. Beyer joined Freescale in March 2008. Prior to Freescale, he held leadership positions at Intersil Corp., Elantec Semiconductor, VLSI Technology and National Semiconductor Corp. Beyer, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia University, also served three years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is currently a member of the Partnership for a New American Economy and sits on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council.

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