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ISA WINWire September 9 - 16 2011


Abu Dhabi schools get IC research grants

Source: EETimes, September 12 2011

University research consortium Semiconductor Research Corp. said Monday (Sept. 12) it awarded seven research contracts to four universities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The seven contracts will be funded with an initial $750,000 for one year and extend for at least two more years, according to SRC. The results are expected to drive a wide number of research initiatives aimed at breakthroughs in minimum-energy electronic systems, SRC said. The research, to be guided by SRC member representatives from the semiconductor industry, will be conducted by four universities in Abu Dhabi: American University of Sharjah, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates University and the Masdar Institute. The UAE universities will conduct the research in collaboration with several U.S. universities and organizations , including UC Berkeley, Ohio State, Cornell, Purdue, the Brookhaven National Laboratory and MOSIS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Implementation Service), SRC said.

Hiring in India could slow down next qtr: Survey

Source: CIOL, September 13 2011

Corporates in India may go slow with their hiring over the next quarter of 2011, but the employment outlook for the country is still among the strongest in the world, according to a survey released Thursday. "The survey of 5,118 employers across India indicates that the hiring activity will remain healthy but decline over the next quarter as employers become less confident," according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. "Yet, the seasonally adjusted net employment outlook of over 30 per cent is among the strongest in the 41 countries and territories where the survey is conducted," it added.

Updated: Intel acquires ESL firm CoFluent

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, September 13 2011

Intel has done a deal to acquire CoFluent Design, the vendor of the CoFluent Studio EDA software that supports system-level design and time-behavioral modeling. CoFluent also supported design from UML [Unified Modeling Language] and multicore performance analysis. The move, reported in a Japanese language report, has been confirmed by a source, formerly of CoFluent now of Intel. Under the terms of the deal CoFluent Studio has become the property of Intel, all CoFluent employees have been picked up by Intel and they will continue to provide customers with support, the report said. This has been confirmed by the source who said that customers had been informed.

Broadcom to gain NetLogic for Rs.16,000 crore

Source: Julien Happich, EE Times, September 14 2011

Broadcom Corp. is set to extend its infrastructure portfolio with a number of critical new product lines and technologies, including knowledge-based processors, multi-core embedded processors, anddigital front-end processors, with the acquisition of NetLogic Microsystems in a transaction of approximately Rs.16,591.93 crore ($3.7 billion), net of cash assumed. Under the agreement, NetLogic Microsystems shareholders will receive Rs.2,242.15 ($50) per share. The combination enables Broadcom to deliver best-in-class, seamlessly-integrated network infrastructure platforms to its customers, reducing both their time-to-market and their development costs. The transaction, expected to close in the first half of 2012, has been approved by the Broadcom and NetLogic Microsystems boards of directors and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory clearances and the approval of NetLogic Microsystems' stockholders.

India to boost electronics making abilities

Source: CIOL, September 15 2011

Minister of state for communications and IT Sachin Pilot has said that the government wants to accelerate electronics manufacturing capabilities in the country. As the electronics market is expected to stand at staggering $400 billion by 2020, the ministry of communications and IT is leaving no stone unturned. The government through its policy framework, though unfinished yet, is luring the MNCs to open their domestic manufacturing operations in India. Speaking at an industry event in New Delhi on Thursday, Pilot said there is $50 billion strong electronics market in India today and the government is making efforts to upgrade and accelerate electronics manufacturing capabilities.

Samsung invests $70 mn in India facility

Source: CIOL, September 15 2011

Mobile phone major, Samsung, has announced an investment of $70 million, tripling the manufacturing capabilities in its Noidafacility. With this investment, the company will enhance its production capabilities of 16 different models from the existing 12 million units a year. India is one of its largest R&D centres in the world and the company also develops software for smartphones at its Bangalore facility. J.S. Shin, president and CEO, Samsung South West Asia, said that they are constantly strengthening their presence in India.

Chip sales slowing rapidly, says Gartner

Source: Peter Clarke, EETimes, September 15 2011

Market research company Gartner Inc. has joined rival prognosticators in predicting the 2011 global chip market will decline from the previous year. It has also halved its forecast for chip market growth in 2012 with the warning that a U.S. double dip recession would require a further downward sales revision. The worldwide semiconductor market has been slowing throughout 2011 and is now set to have a revenue total of $299 billion, a decline of 0.1 percent from 2010, according to Gartner (Stamford, Connecticut). This is a significant change from Gartner's previous projection, given in the second quarter, for 5.1 percent growth this year. "Three key factors are shaping the short-term outlook: excess inventory, manufacturing overcapacity and slowing demand due to economic weakness," said Bryan Lewis, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. "Semiconductor companies' third-quarter guidance is well below seasonal averages. The current guidance by vendors points to flat to down third-quarter growth. Typically, we see guidance for 8 to 9 percent growth in the third quarter because of back-to-school and the holiday build. The supply chain is also showing significant slowdown, and semiconductor-related inventory levels are still elevated."

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