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Research and Markets: A Global Semiconductor Industry Guide: 29.5% Growth Forecasted for 2010-2015 Period

Source: BusinessWire, February 23 2012

Semiconductors: Global Industry Guide is an essential resource for top-level data and analysis covering the Semiconductors industry. It includes detailed data on market size and segmentation, textual analysis of the key trends and competitive landscape, and profiles of the leding companies. This incisive report provides expert analysis on a global, regional and country basis.

Tech hardware industry seeks changes to import duty structure

Source: Livemint, February 22 2012

Electronics demand is projected to grow 22% to $125 bn by 2014 and to $400 bn by 2020. India’s $16 billion technology hardware industry has asked the finance ministry to change the so-called inverted duty structure that makes it cheaper to import finished goods than to assemble them locally. The duty structure is acting as a dampener on government efforts to turn India into a hub of electronics manufacturing, its critics say.

Intel Tests Foundry Waters

Source:, February 22 2012

Intel is exploring whether it can branch out as a foundry by opening its chip manufacturing facilities to more third-party customers, the company said on Tuesday.

Synopsys Completes Acquisition of Magma Design Automation

Source: ITNews Online, February 22 2012

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems, has completed its acquisition of Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq:LAVA), a provider of chip design software headquartered in San Jose, California. The combination of Synopsys and Magma will enable the company to more rapidly meet the needs of leading-edge semiconductor designers for ever more sophisticated design tools.

Upgraded "Aakash" tablet to cost Rs 2450: Sibal

Source: CIOL, February 21 2012

Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Monday said an upgraded version of the tablet PC "Aakash", supplied primarily to students at less than Rs.2,450 ($49) a piece, would not be hiked.

EFY Expo 2012: Big Show, Bigger Business

Source: IT News Online, February 21 2012

A powerful mix of seminars, conferences and summits running in parallel at the expo aimed to provide useful insights into the Indian electronics industry for the benefit of design engineers, manufacturers and senior decision makers alike.

Next-generation home networking: It's all about cable companies and the set-top box

Source: Tech Online India, February 21 2012

Many technology watchers have predicted the arrival of the automated smart home - that home owners will seek out and install the latest, coolest gizmos that will make a house truly smart. Well, it ain't gonna happen that way.

Broadcom acquires NetLogic

Source: EE Herald, February 21 2012

Communication semiconductor chip maker Broadcom Corporation has announced that it has completed its $3.7 billion acquisition of another communication chip developer NetLogic Microsystems.

Silcon Image opens R&D center in Hyderabad

Source: EE Herald, February 21 2012

Silicon Image has opened its new research and development (R&D) center in Hyderabad, India on January 27, 2012. This facility to focus on the design and development of semiconductor and IP core technologies for implementation in mobile, wireless and consumer electronics (CE) products from manufacturers across the globe.

IBM buys Worklight, builds mobility strategy

Source: EET Asia, February 21 2012,

IBM Corp. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Worklight Inc. This is just weeks after the company has stated its intent of acquiring the Israeli enterprise mobile app development firm.

Agilent Technologies Completes Acquisition Of Accelicon Technologies' Solutions For Semiconductor Device Modeling

Source: RF Globalnet, February 21 2012

Agilent Technologies Inc., recently announced that Accelicon Technologie's software solutions and technology for device-level modeling and validation in the electronics industry are now part of Agilent. The two companies had announced an acquisition agreement on Dec. 1, 2011. Financial details were not disclosed.

Jungo Partners with Chinese IC Design Company Nufront

Source: PressTrust, February 21 2012

Jungo Ltd. a leading provider of embedded, software connectivity solutions, has announced a partnership with Chinese Integrated Circuit (IC) manufacturer Nufront for the development of next-generation mobile broadband platforms.

A lot of demand for semiconductors will come from the government

Source: Live Mint, February 20 2012

Ajai Chowdhry, one of the six founders of the HCL group, has been lobbying the government to refocus on hardware and electronics rather than just promoting software exports.

Smart technology is a facet of every device today

Source: Financial Express, February 20 2012

Since co-founding Synopsys in 1986, Aart de Geus has expanded Synopsys from a start-up synthesis enterprise to a leading player in electronic design automation (EDA). The $1.54 billion Mountain View, California-based company supplies the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property and services used in semiconductor design and manufacturing.

Govt to offer sops for fabrication facilities

Source: Deccan Herald, February 17 2012

The government, on Friday, said it will provide incentives to companies for setting up semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities. Discussions are underway with various companies on the issue and the government is open to providing incentives to help them in setting up electronic chip making plants, said Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of IT.

Smart appliances market gains momentum, to exceed 24M by 2017

Source: EET Asia, February 17 2012

Just like the market for home energy management systems (HEMS), the smart appliances sector has not been as successful as many had expected. Some devices are still in small pilots and have had difficulties to hit retail outlets in large numbers.

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