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ISA WINWire January 14 - 20 2012
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STMicroelectronics Semiconductors Control Stanford Solar Car

Source: Electronic Technology, January 19 2012

Market-leading 32-bit microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, have been selected to control electrical and electronic systems in Stanford University’s newest solar car. The state-of-the-art, technology-laden vehicle successfully debuted in this year’s World Solar Challenge, a prestigious sun-powered car race across Australia, October 16-21, 2011.

Policy push may give much-needed spark to electronics industry in country

Source: Financial Express India, January 18 2012

India's electronics and semiconductors industry is upbeat about 2012 kickstarting a new wave of growth in the sector, provided key government policies are on track. With a proposed National Electronics Mission in the works and the triad of policies for electronics, telecom and IT being finalised, the industry believes that electronics is back on the national agenda and that will unlock private investment into the sector.

NXP Semiconductors Deploys Tensilica's ConnX Baseband Engine DSP Core

Source: Thrupoint, January 18 2012

NXP Semiconductors has deployed Tensilica's ConnX Baseband Engine (BBE) DSP core, as stated a recent press. According to the release, NXP Semiconductors successfully fabricated Tensilica’s ConnX Baseband Engine DSP (digital signal processor) in its automotive multi-standard software defined radio innovation platform.

Maxim's 3D Integration Technology Enables Industry's Smallest Class D Amplifier Solution

Source: PRNewswire, January 17 2012

A Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) today announced the MAX98314, the industry's first mono, 3.2W, Class D amplifier with integrated input coupling capacitors. With the integrated input capacitors, the MAX98314 fits in a small 1mm x 1mm solution size and saves at least 25% board space. The part is ideal for applications where PCB area is critical, such as portable electronic products including mobile phones, portable audio applications, notebooks, MP3 players, netbooks, and VoIP phones.

Bangalore based MetricStream partners with US based Qualys

Source: India PR Line, January 16 2012

Bangalore based MetricStream, the market leader in enterprise-wide Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) solutions, and US head-quartered Qualys, Inc., the leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) IT security, risk and compliance management solutions, has announced the integration of MetricStream IT-GRC Solution with QualysGuard® Vulnerability Management (VM).

Nokia and Qualcomm poised for W8 tablets

Source: Rethink Wireless, January 16 2012

Nokia's French chief has let slip that the firm plans to launch a Windows 8 tablet as early as the second quarter next year, and will almost certainly have to work with Qualcomm on the chip side. This could be an important launch for all involved, taking Nokia and Microsoft into the touch tablet space for the first time, and giving Qualcomm a headstart over challengers like Nvidia and TI, which are strong in Android slates. However, Microsoft's decision to wait until W8 to support ARM-based tablets raises a question over how much market share WP7, on which Nokia has staked its future, will ever achieve. The OS had only 1.5% share of the smartphone base in the third quarter, according to Gartner, and will have no chance to expand into new form factors.

Government mulls new policy for electronics import

Source: DQ Week, January 16 2012

The Indian government through the Ministry of Communications and IT Department of Information Technology is drafting a policy that indicates mandatory quality norms for 16 electronic items. In times to come, importers of electronic goods and hardware will have to undergo stringent quality check of the products they are getting into this country. The Indian government through Ministry of Communications and IT Department of Information Technology is drafting a policy that indicates mandatory quality norms for 16 electronic items including computers, printers, and mobile phones.

Beep! You are straying from your lane

Source: Hindu Business Line, January 14 2012

Imagine this. You are driving on a highway, enjoying the drive and cracking jokes. Unwittingly, you are moving away to a lane with fast moving vehicles, inviting trouble. Soon, you will get alerts – a beep or vibration in the steering wheel – to warn you about the deviation. “Or, you are driving on a poorly-lit road and a man abruptly appears on the drive way. You will be warned, giving you enough time to avoid an accident,” Vamsi Boppana, Site Director and Chief Technology Officer of Xilinx India, told Business Line.

Pushing the boundaries of magnetic storage

Source: The Hindu, January 14 2012

Researchers at IBM have stored and retrieved digital 1s and 0s from an array of just 12 atoms, pushing the boundaries of the magnetic storage of information to the edge of what is possible. The findings, being reported Thursday in the journal Science , could help lead to a new class of nanomaterials for a generation of memory chips and disk drives that will not only have greater capabilities than the current silicon-based computers but will also consume significantly less power. And it may offer a new direction for research in quantum computing.

Mentor Graphics partners with Freescale

Source: CIOL, January 13 2012

Mentor Graphics Corp today announced it has signed a preferred, long-term partnership agreement with Freescale Semiconductor to deliver state-of-the-art, high-speed simulation platforms for Freescale’s QorIQ P-Series, AMP and QorIQ Qonverge product lines of multicore embedded processors. In support of this partnership, Mentor now offers a powerful virtual prototyping environment and enabling technologies which allow Freescale customers to achieve early, more efficient software integration and accelerate their product delivery cycles, said a press release.

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