ISA WINWire October 1 – 8 2010


A case for policy initiative for Indian fabless company

Source: Silicon India, September 30 2010

Abstract The worldwide semiconductor market is around $275 billion, and the India market is around $8 billion. The world market is expected to grow in double digit CAGR for the next several years, but sadly Indian chip companies have negligible share in this. Worldwide, semiconductor market, which once used to be dominated by IDM (integrated device manufacturers), i.e. companies that had their captive manufacturing units like Intel and Texas Instruments ( fabrication plant) are now losing some of their share to fab-less semiconductor companies like Qualcomm and Broadcom [companies, which rely on external manufacturing plants (fabs) like TSMC, Global Foundry, and SMIC]. Most of the policies in India are towards encouraging IT industry and manufacturing industry, which are service oriented and employ a large number of people. This article outlines the policy changes that need to be done to encourage fab-less semiconductor companies in India, which also would result in intellectual property creation and ownership, both of which are must for a stronger India.


HCL Info names new CEO

Source: CIOL, October 1 2010

HCL Infosystems Ltd today announced the appointment of Harsh Chitale as chief executive officer for HCL Infosystems Ltd post the selection process undertaken by the Nominations Committee of the Board. Based in Noida, Harsh will take over the baton of CEO from Ajai Chowdhry who will continue to be the chairman, said a press release.


Cosmic Circuits launches Nebula, its annual analog design contest

Source: K.C. Krishnadas,, October 2 2010

Bangalore-based Cosmic Circuits, has announced its third yearly analog design contest, Nebula. The aim is to promote interest in analog design among under-graduate, graduate and doctoral students, and is open to all Indian universities. With over 2000 registrations in the past couple of editions, Nebula is quite popular with its intended audience. Consisting of three rounds over three months, Nebula provides each student with a unique opportunity to explore each of these phases while competing with fellow electronic hobbyists from all over the country.


Xilinx looks at 35 per cent R&D expansion In India

Source: EFY News Network, October 3 2010

Xilinx is the leading provider of programmable platforms, with more than 50 per cent market share in the programmable logic device (PLD) segment of the semiconductor industry. Xilinx India was established in 2005 and its Hyderabad R&D centre was set up in 2006. Neeraj Varma, country manager-sales India, Australia and NZ and Vamsi Boppana, site director and CTO, for Xilinx India speak to Jesus Milton Rousseau S of Electronics For You about their future plans.


Global chip sales increase 1.8 percent month-on-month

Source: EDA Café, October 4 2010

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today reported that worldwide semiconductor sales in August were $25.7 billion, an increase of 1.8 percent from July when sales were $25.2 billion. Sales increased by 32.6 percent from August 2009 when sales were $19.4 billion. Sales for the first eight months of 2010 were $194.6 billion compared to $134.7 billion for the same period in 2009, an increase of 44.4 percent. All monthly sales numbers represent a three-month moving average.


Mobile user base in India crosses 670 mn in Aug

Source: CIOL, October 5 2010

The mobile subscriber base in India expanded to 670.60 million in August this year with the addition of 18.18 million new users, the telecom regulator said Tuesday. According to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the wireless subscriber base increased from 652.42 million in July to 670.60 million by the end of August, 2010, translating into a growth of 2.79 per cent.


Samsung plans to launch tablet globally this year

Source: CIOL, October 5 2010

Samsung Electronics said it plans to sell its Galaxy Tab tablet computer in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Italy this year, taking aim at front runner Apple in the new but already congested segment. Although it will also compete with a bevy of devices from the likes of Dell and HP, the Galaxy Tab, unveiled last month, has been described by some analysts as the most credible rival to Apple's iPad.


HYSTA names Marvell co-founder as 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year

Source: EETimes, October 6 2010

Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA) recognized Marvell co-founder Weili for her pioneering work in establishing and expanding one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world. HYSTA is a prominent industry organization focused at encouraging closer US- China business relationships. Ms. Dai was chosen and named as HYSTA's Entrepreneur of the Year based on her success in helping build and expand Marvell into a word-class global technology company. As the only known woman co-founder of a major, public semiconductor company around the globe, she has assisted in leading Marvell's 15 years of expansion from the start to current market capitalization of $12 billion.


Intel CEO calls for U.S. manufacturing tax breaks

Source: CIOL, October 6 2010

The head of Intel Corp called on Tuesday for the U.S. government to provide tax credits or tax holidays for companies that build new factories here in order to promote jobs. Paul Otellini said such policies would make the United States competitive with other countries, where costs are as much as $1 billion less to build and operate a semiconductor factory than in the United States. Otellini said 90 per cent of the difference in cost is down to tax and incentive policies rather than labor costs.


Taiwanese LCD suppliers eye Indian market

Source: EETimes, October 7 2010

iSuppli Corp. forecasts that Liquid-Crystal Display (LCD) TVs will displace cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs in India beginning of 2011 as India's demand for flat-screen televisions is likely to take off as consumers with more disposable income upgrade to the sleek new TV technology. Eyeing an opportunity Taiwanese LCD suppliers have started entering the Indian LCD market to tap the potential.


Switzerland establishes Indian R&D center

Source: Kariyatil Krishnadas, EETimes, October 7 2010

Switzerland is establishing a global science and technology outpost here to foster cooperation in research. Swissnex India will serve as an Indian R&D hub and host several scientific and technology institutes. It is also intended as a base for Swiss and Indian organizations to connect, share knowledge and form partnerships in science, technology, higher education and innovation.


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