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ISA WINWire September 2 - 9 2011


Sanand now in auto hub league

Source: Business Standard, September 2 2011

Come 2014, Sanand, a small town around 40 kms from Ahmedabad, will be a name to reckon with in the country’s automotive sector. Following the re-entry of French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen, the erstwhile sleepy town — already home to Tata Motors’ manufacturing plant for small car Nano — finds itself along the country’s prominent auto hubs like Pune in Maharashtra and Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. In July, US-based Ford Motors had signed a deal with the state government for setting up a car manufacturing plant in the same town. “By 2014, Sanand will be a big auto hub in the range of Chennai and Pune. The Gujarat government had been focussing on Sanand to develop it as an auto-engineering hub because of its proximity of Ahmedabad,” said B B Swain, vice-chairman and managing director, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, which has allotted land to Ford and Tata Motors.

National Manufacturing Policy within September: Anand Sharma

Source: Capital Market, September 2 2011

The Union Minister for Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Shri Anand Sharma has expressed confidence that India will have its first National Manufacturing Policy in the month of September 2011. Speaking at the National Council Meeting of Confederation of India Industry (CII), Shri Sharma said that among the various policies set for roll out “National Manufacturing Policy has reached the final stage and hopefully within this month of September it will become a reality.” The National Manufacturing Policy aims at augmenting the share of manufacturing in GDP to 25% within a decade and creates 100 million additional jobs. The key focus of the policy is to improve the business environment enable easy technology acquisition and development, provide access to capital for SMEs and enhance the role of the private sector in skill development. The focus shall be on minimizing the role of Government and creating an environment of self-regulation as far as possible. “We propose to establish 4-5 NMIZs as green field integrated industrial townships with world class infrastructure financed by the Central Government in partnership with respective State Governments with a competitive regulatory environment for attractive investments. Along with this I am happy to inform you that we have now completed the perspective planning of the entire Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor region and I have moved the Cabinet for seeking support of Rs.18500 crores for establishment of seven new investment regions across the six States of the country. These two steps will help unlock the true potential of manufacturing in India.”

Morris Chang identifies opportunities, risks for semiconductors

Source: Focus Taiwan, September 2 2011

The founding chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company expressed optimism Friday toward the future of Taiwan's semiconductor industry, while suggesting the government refrain from being an obstacle against the sector, and keep its eye on currency fluctuations that will affect the industry's competitiveness. The semiconductor industry has a bright future, said Morris Chang, who doubles as CEO of the world's largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry and is dubbed as the father of Taiwan's chip industry, in his keynote speech to a semiconductor industry executive forum held by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) in Taipei.

Synopsys acquires nSys Design Systems

Source: EDA Café News, September 2 2011

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of nSys Design Systems Private Limited (nSys), a leading independent provider of verification IP (VIP). With this acquisition, Synopsys is increasing its investment in VIP technology to address the growing verification challenges designers face as they create more and more complex systems on chips (SoCs) to serve the demand for 'smart' electronics. The terms of the deal, structured as an acquisition of substantially all the assets and employees of nSys, have not been disclosed.

Srinagar as Silicon Valley

Source: Arjimand Hussain Talib, Greater Kashmir, September 4 2011

Srinagar and silicon are long known to have good prospects to blend. Silicon-based semiconductor fabrication industry is known to thrive is climates like ours. Ideally, Srinagar by now should have been this region’s Silicon Valley. As the bus of the Information Technology (IT) Revolution is gone long ahead, would we sound naïve to think of catching up? Not quite. Kashmir has of course missed the opportunities of India’s software boom. But there is some ground we can still cover. One of our biggest assets is our human resource in IT - people doing great things in both software and hardware sectors throughout the world today. Then we have people right there in the valley as well, who possess talent to do big things. But what inhibit our development in IT are a disabling environment, over-regulation and government’s misplaced vision.

Wipro, imec tie up for applied research in system engineering

Source: The Hindu Business Line, September 6 2011

IT major Wipro and nano-electronics company imec have announced a joint initiative called ARISE (Applied Research in Intelligent Systems Engineering) Labs, which will work on technologies to transform emerging markets. The initiative was originally announced in May. Announcing the launch in CXO conclave here, Dr Anurag Srivastava, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice-President, Wipro Global IT Business, said, “Emerging markets represent 80 per cent of the global population.” Describing some of the opportunities in emerging markets, he said that 50 per cent of the population was aged below 25, 75 per cent lived in rural areas and mobiles had a market penetration of 64.7 per cent. “The challenges are healthcare, urbanisation, and energy."

Economic news not all bad for semiconductors, says analysis firm

Source: Jessie Shen, Digitimes, September 6 2011

The economic news lately has been bleak. US GDP grew at an anemic 0.4% in the first quarter of 2011 and 1.0% in the second quarter - leading to increased concerns about a double-dip recession, according to market analysis firm Semiconductor Intelligence. High government debt levels in the US and several European nations have contributed to volatile stock markets. The news does not seem to be any better for the semiconductor industry. Citing latest data from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the semiconductor market decreased 2% sequentially in the second quarter of 2011. Compared to a year ago, the market was down 0.5% in the second quarter. In the first quarter of 2011, the semiconductor market still managed an on-year 8.2% increase, Semiconductor Intelligence quoted SIA's data as indicating. However the news is not all bad, Semiconductor Intelligence said. Looking at the components of US GDP, spending on electronics by consumers and business is still relatively strong. Business investment in equipment and software (including computers, telecom and manufacturing equipment) increased 8.7% in the first quarter of 2011 and 7.9% in the second quarter. Consumer spending on recreational goods and vehicles (over 75% of this category is electronics) grew 15.3% in the first quarter and 9.3% in the second.

IMEC India identifies projects to pursue

Source: Kariyatil Krishnadas, EETimes, September 6 2011

The joint initiative between Belgium-based research organization IMEC and India's WiPro has identified three projects to work on in healthcare technology and computing. BANGALORE, India—Applied Research in Intelligent Systems Learning (Arise) Labs, the joint initiative between Belgium-based research organization IMEC and India's WiPro Ltd. announced in May, said this month it has identified three projects to work on in healthcare technology and computing. These product/technology programs are a healthcare necklace, hyper spectral imaging and computing products such as tablet computers, said Anurag Srivastava, chief technology officer and senior vice president at Wipro.

Indian universities gain foundry access

Source: EETimes, September 7 2011

Indian universities can now have access to advanced technologies, enabling their students to work with state-of-the-art process and design techniques through to silicon tape-out as per an agreement between Cadence Design Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd and nanotechnology research centre, imec, in conjunction with the imec Europractice IC Service. As part of the agreement, through the shuttle programme, Cadence will offer support to its University Software Programme members by providing flows and methodologies, and imec will provide access to IC technologies down to 65nm, SPICE models, design rules, PDKs, and standard cell libraries. The shuttle programme will allow University Software Programme members to tape-out all technologies offered through Europractice. This will give universities foundry access for silicon verification which has been a hurdle due to lack of strong academia-foundry partnerships.

Auto component manufactures bet big on R&D facilities

Source: Mihir Mishra & Sharmistha Mukherjee, Business Standard, September 7 2011

With the Indian auto-component industry posting strong double-digit growth numbers, component manufacturers are increasingly focusing on developing their own research and development (R&D) capability to achieve competitiveness on a global scale. “The Indian market has grown in volumes and technology will be the key driver for growth in the coming years. Automobile companies are investing in technological innovations to cut cost and increase efficiency,” said Anandi V Iyer, India representative and senior advisor at Fraunhofer, an application-oriented research organisation. The technological advancements are taking place in areas of joining of dissimilar materials to make the body of vehicles lighter, 3D systems for detecting faults in assembly, improving resource efficiency, implementing new welding techniques and putting in place lean production management processes.

Qualcomm acquires IDT video IP, engineers

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, September 7 2011

Wireless chip and technology firm Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to take over the video IC design teams from Integrated Device Technology Inc. and related assets and to include chips from IDT in its reference designs as part of a closer working relationship between the companies. The deal covers the Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) and Frame Rate Conversion (FRC) video processing IC design teams, the product lines and certain related assets from IDT (San Jose, Calif.) and both companies have agreed to "explore opportunities to include IDT's broad portfolio of mixed-signal products into Qualcomm reference designs." Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif.) did not reveal the size of the all-cash transaction, which is expected to close in the next few weeks. However, according to an IDT Securities & Exchange Commission filing Qualcomm will pay $60 million, subject to adjustment.

Smartplay joins TSMC design center alliance program

Source: EDA Café News, September 7 2011

SmartPlay Inc., a leading provider of digital, analog, wireless software, & system design solutions has joined the TSMC Design Center Alliance (DCA) Program. “We are excited to be a part of TSMC’s DCA program. SmartPlay’s acceptance into the DCA program is a testimony to our expertise in executing complex multi-million gate designs with leading edge technologies," said Pradeep Vajram, CEO of SmartPlay Technologies. “SmartPlay’s proven engineering capabilities combined with strong presence in U.S. and India has enabled us to deliver cost effective and quality solutions across multiple geographies.”

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